MUSIC REVIEW OF THE DAY: VANCE JOY - NATION OF TWO
The Riptide hitmaker from Australia releases his second album, with more acoustic singer-songwriter music. There's lots more coming in the Riptide vein, potential hit singles, some already hits in his home, with his trademark ukulele prominent, or at least acoustic guitar. Then the songs build, with lots more vocals added, wordless chorus bits of "oh-oh-whoa-oh" and "buh-ba-buh-ba", more instruments join in and it's all catchy as hell.
Catchy, but a bit too repetitive perhaps. The formula doesn't get changed much. We're Going Home adds brass, which makes it stand out, and current single Saturday Sun has that bright ukulele right off the bat, still a winning and different sound. But they are all love songs, all sentimental, and the same mellow style throughout. What sounds great as individual tracks overwhelms you the course of 13.