James Gabriel Keogh (born 1 December 1987), known professionally as Vance Joy, is an Australian singer and songwriter. He signed a five-album deal with Atlantic Records in 2013. He released his debut EP God Loves You When You’re Dancing in March 2013. His song “Riptide” was voted number 1 on the 2013 Triple J Hottest 100. Joy released his debut studio album Dream Your Life Away on 5 September 2014 in Australia and on 9 September 2014 elsewhere. At the ARIA Music Awards of 2015, he won Best Male Artist. His second studio album, Nation of Two, was released in 2018. The last single before the album’s release, “Call If You Need Me”, was released on 11 February 2018, and appeared on the Billboard Hot Rock & Alternative Songs chart. Joy released his second studio album Nation of Two on 23 February 2018. The album debuted at number 1 in Australia, was certified gold, and won Best Adult Contemporary Album at the ARIA Music Awards of 2018. He released an upbeat, remastered version of “I’m With You” as a single from the album on 21 September 2018, which was certified platinum by the ARIA. In November 2018, Joy released a live album titled Live at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, a live concert album of the Nation of Two World Tour, recorded at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado. Joy was the opening act for P!nk on her Beautiful Trauma World Tour in 2019. In 2021, Vance had a smash hit titled “You” with Marshmello and Benny Blanco, released on January 29. The song went number 1 in 10 countries and debuted at 6 in the USA. “You” has 100,000,000 million streams on Spotify. Here are all of Vance Joy albums ranked.
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2. Nation Of Two, 2018
I actually think this is a really good album! It somehow found me at the right time at the right place. Recently I’ve been watching lots of TV because it works like the perfect antidepressant ever, and Saturday Sun is always playing in one of the commercials and it’s just stuck in my head. So I gave the whole album a try and it turned out I like it a hell lot. Probably because of the aforementioned things: it is like an antidepressant to me at the moment, it’s a bit commercial sounding, very light and summery. There are a few songs that feel like they were created for filling arenas and festivals but most of them are pretty laid-back and sparse and it’s never too much.”
1. Dream Your Life Away, 2014
“While Riptide is certainly the standout track on the album, and while the entire experience does come off as somewhat manufactured, it is a light and airy experience that is perfect for a relaxing afternoon. Each track seems very delicate and thoughtful, with the breezy acoustic pop simply sort of blowing through your ears. It’s a nice experience, and while maybe not wholly unique, it’s quite enjoyable and certainly something worth checking out if you’re interested in listening to some nice contemporary folk pop.