Dream Your Life Away
Label: F-Stop Records/Atlantic
Vance Joy is a young singer-songwriter from Australia boasting a peppy, folk-rock style heavily informed by Mumford & Sons, The Avett Brothers and The Lumineers. In addition to smash hit "Riptide" (featuring his infectious ukulele strumming), Joy's debut full-length, Dream Your Life Away, spotlights one tune after another bursting with sing-along choruses, rousing swells of strings and intense earnestness. The album rarely strays from this formula; only on the ballads "Georgia" and the atmospheric "My Kind Of Man" does Joy sound less peppy and more introspective.