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With its gentle swell of cello, tiptoeing piano, and bittersweet melody, “Joy of Nothing” is a contender for the kind of indie-folk song that puts an unknown artist right over the top (much in the way Bon Iver beamed into the spotlight from his cabin in the woods with “Skinny Love”). But Irish singer/songwriter Foy Vance will have none of that easy pigeonholing: the opening track here, “Closed Hand, Full of Friends,” is like a galloping David Gray–meets–Josh Ritter tune, racing on pounding toms and nervous strings. And the anthemic “At Least My Heart Was Open” beautifully blends that commercial sensibility with Vance’s handlebar-mustachioed indie troubadour persona. Vance’s first LP, 2007's Hope, was rich with soul and blues influences, but Joy of Nothing heads in a more country-folk direction. “You and I” is a gorgeous lament, accented with brushed snares, warm organ notes, and Bonnie Raitt’s vocals on the chorus; “It Was Good” hints again at the indie-folkster ready to bloom. Vance ends the album with friend Ed Sheeran on the lovely, introspective “Guiding Light.”

Customer Reviews

Very good

I love this album:)


Saw this guy when he opened for "NEEDTOBREATHE" in denver and loved him. His voice is awesome, (and he has a great accent). Me and some family and friends got a "Lovers Leap" Photo with him. <Cool Guy.

The only thing better is seeing him live

Just saw him live last night and he was awesome. Great music and he cracked some funny jokes. Awesome album too


Born: 1974 in Bangor, County Down, Northern Ire

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Though he spent most of his formative years in the grim surroundings of 1980s Belfast, singer/songwriter Foy Vance's musical vision is the product of an entirely different sort of nervous tension -- the cross-racial friction, harmony, and disharmony that gave rise to jazz, blues, and soul in the American South, where Vance, the son of a traveling church minister, spent the pivotal first five years of his life. Drawn particularly to the spiritual aspect of those music forms, Vance took his cues from...
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