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Nation of Two
Nation of Two
Nation of Two album.png
Studio album by
Released23 February 2018
Genre
Length45:15
LabelLiberation Music
ProducerDave Bassett, Stefan Max, Edwin White, Ryan Hadlock, Phil Ek, Simone Felice
Vance Joy chronology
Dream Your Life Away
(2014)
Nation of Two
(2018)
Live at Red Rocks Amphitheatre
(2018)
Singles from Nation of Two
  1. "Lay It on Me"
    Released: 12 July 2017
  2. "Like Gold"
    Released: 3 November 2017[3]
  3. "We're Going Home"
    Released: 12 January 2018
  4. "Saturday Sun"
    Released: 1 February 2018
  5. "Call If You Need Me"
    Released: 11 February 2018
  6. "I'm with You"
    Released: 21 September 2018

Nation of Two is the second studio album by Australian singer-songwriter Vance Joy. The album was announced on 12 January 2018, with Vance Joy explaining: "Nation of Two describes a perfectly self-contained couple; their world beginning and ending at the bed they share, the car they ride in, or any other place where they're together... the idea that their love for each other gives them their bearings; a point of reference that makes sense of life." This concept originally appears in the Kurt Vonnegut Novel and Film, 'Mother Night'. [4][5]

At the ARIA Music Awards of 2018, Nation of Two won Best Adult Contemporary Album.[6]

Singles

"Lay It on Me" was released as the lead single from the album on 12 July 2017. The song peaked at number 18 on the Australian Singles Chart and has been certified platinum. "Like Gold" was released on 3 November 2017 as the album's second single. "We're Going Home" was released on 12 January 2018 as the album's third single. "Saturday Sun" was released as the fourth single on 1 February 2018. "Call If You Need Me" was released on 11 February 2018 and "I'm With You" was released as the sixth single on 21 September 2018.

A week before the album's release, Vance Joy posted a 13-second preview of "I'm With You" on his Twitter account, stating that it was one of his favorite tracks on the album. On 19 February, he revealed a 15-second preview of "Little Boy" stating that the song was about when he fell off his bike as a young boy (among other things).

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Clash7/10 stars[7]
Exclaim!4/10 stars[1]
The Guardian2/5 stars[8]
Newsday3/4 stars[9]
The Times2/5 stars[2]

Nation of Two received mixed reviews. Will Rosebury from Clash said Joy "...creates a leaner and more cohesive project that thematically focuses on the highs and lows of a romantic relationship. Although occasionally over-sentimental and by its very nature derivative, it is impossible to deny that Joy can write a touching tune."[7] Jenna Mohammed from Exclaim! said Joy "rarely strays from the upbeat, harmonious vocals that made Vance Joy successful in 2014 on Dream Your Life Away." adding the songs are "catchy and fun, but lack originality".[1] Michael Hann from The Guardian said "There's a breezy, easy attractiveness to his melodies, albeit that they never fail to do exactly what you might expect." [8] Glenn Gamboa from Newsday said Joy "has gone deeper and broader, making singalongs that sound even bigger" and concluded "Joy may have lost the power of surprise, but he has replaced it with stronger songs that will stick with fans as long as "Riptide"."[9]

Commercial performance

Nation of Two debuted at number one on the ARIA Albums Chart, making it Joy's second Australian number-one album.[10] It also debuted at number 10 on the US Billboard 200 with over 28,000 equivalent sales.[11]

Track listing

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Call If You Need Me"James Keogh2:43
2."Lay It on Me"
  • Keogh
  • Dave Bassett
3:35
3."We're Going Home"
3:27
4."Saturday Sun"
  • Keogh
  • Dave Bassett
3:34
5."Take Your Time"
  • Keogh
  • Dave Bassett
3:40
6."I'm with You"Keogh4:01
7."Like Gold"
  • Keogh
  • Wilson
3:44
8."Alone with Me"Keogh4:26
9."Crashing Into You"Keogh3:09
10."One of These Days"2:58
11."Little Boy"Keogh3:23
12."Bonnie & Clyde"Keogh3:15
13."Where We Start"
3:20

Charts

Certifications

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[25] Gold 35,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history

Region Release date Format Label Catalogs
Australia[26][27] 23 February 2018 Liberation LRCD0001
Australia[28] 1 June 2018 Vinyl Liberation 1-566393
Australia[29] 14 September 2018 Limited Edition Vinyl Liberation LRLP0001

References

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  2. ^ a b "Pop review: Vance Joy - Nation of Two". 23 February 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  3. ^ "Like Gold - single". iTunes Australia. Retrieved 2018.
  4. ^ "Vance Joy Announces New Album 'Nation Of Two', Unveils New Jam 'Like Gold'". Music Feeds. 3 November 2017. Retrieved 2018.
  5. ^ "Vance Joy announces sophomore album, Nation of Two, shares the wistful, acoustic "Like Gold": Stream". Consequence of Sound. 4 November 2017. Retrieved 2018.
  6. ^ Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) (28 November 2018). "And the ARIA Award Goes To..." Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 2018.
  7. ^ a b "Vance Joy - Nation Of Two - A lean, cohesive album with some touching moments..." 31 January 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  8. ^ a b "Vance Joy: Nation of Two review - nuggets of supermarket psychology". 23 February 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  9. ^ a b "Nation of Two' review: Vance Joy goes deeper and broader". 21 February 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  10. ^ a b "Australiancharts.com - Vance Joy - Nation of Two". Hung Medien. Retrieved 3 March 2018.
  11. ^ "Vance Joy Unveils New Music Video For Single SATURDAY SUN From NATION OF TWO". Broadway World. 12 April 2018. Retrieved 2018.
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  14. ^ "Vance Joy Chart History (Canadian Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved 6 March 2018.
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  17. ^ "Charts.nz - Vance Joy - Nation of Two". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2 March 2018.
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  19. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 3 March 2018.
  20. ^ "Swedishcharts.com - Vance Joy - Nation of Two". Hung Medien. Retrieved 3 March 2018.
  21. ^ "Swisscharts.com - Vance Joy - Nation of Two". Hung Medien. Retrieved 8 March 2018.
  22. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 3 March 2018.
  23. ^ Caulfield, Keith (4 March 2018). "Bon Jovi's Back at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Albums Chart". Billboard. Retrieved 2018.
  24. ^ "2018 Annual ARIA Albums Chart". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 2019.
  25. ^ "ARIA Australian Top 50 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. 10 September 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  26. ^ "Nation of Two by Vance Joy". iTunes Store (AU). Retrieved 2018.
  27. ^ "Nation of Two (CD)". JB Hi-Fi. Retrieved 2018.
  28. ^ "Nation of Two (Vinyl) by Vance Joy". JBHiFi. Retrieved 2018.
  29. ^ "Nation of Two (Limited Edition Vinyl) by Vance Joy". JBHiFi. Retrieved 2018.

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