Current Joys - Voyager
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2021 Ratings: #151
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Loud and Quiet

The album may have been better served if it was trimmed down by a few tracks, but overall Current Joys are definitely worthy of being added to your go-to rotation.


Voyager serves as a logical entry point for the uninitiated with its refreshed sound, and, although some longtime fans may miss the raw, immediate quality of his homemade releases, the arrangements here only intensify Rattigan's emotive writing and performances.

Song titles suggest a plaid-shirted classicism that Nevada's Nick Rattigan more than makes good on with aerated guitars, melodies, orchestral crescendos and heartsore vocals. Satisfyingly brash.
FAVORITE TRACKS: Shivers, Money Making Machine

LEAST FAVORITE TRACK: The Spirit or the Curse

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Yeah man this is awesome. Maybe because I'm such a Current Joys fan but this is a lovely album. The lyrics on this are some of the best of Nick Rattigan's career and the first thing that stood out to me on this record. Dancer in the Dark is so descriptive yet songs like Shivers are so cutthroat and straight-to-the-point and both are equally beautiful. Rattigan really ... read more
Ok but this is seriously one of the best indie records of the year!!
This was my most anticipated album of 2021. The singles were great, and I love all of Nick Rattigans work. And my god, I couldn't be more happy to say that I love this album. I cried when I heard some of these songs for the first time. This album is absolutely beautiful, and for his first time working in an actual studio, he did a great job. There are a couple songs that are okay, but out of 16, id say only 3 of them are okay, but that leaves you with 13 amazing tracks that bring you an amazing ... read more
Dancer in the Dark - 4/5
American Honey - 4/5
Naked - 3/5
Altered States - 3/5
Breaking the Waves - 5/5 ❤
Big Star - 4/5
Amateur - 4/5
Rebecca - 3/5
Shivers - 4/5
Something Real - 4/5
Money Making Machine - 4/5
Voyager Pt 1 - 3/5
Calypso - 5/5 ❤
The Spirit or the Curse - 3/5
Vagabond - 3/5
Voyager Pt 2 - 3/5
Three years removed from his last solo affair, indie darling Nick Rattigan returns with yet another release under the Current Joys moniker, a charming mixture of indie and surf music all set against a film-inspired backdrop.

To set a foreword, I'd like to explain that while I enjoy Nick's solo material quite a bit, I must also admit that that enjoyment mainly comes from my familiarity with his early lo-fi/bedroom pop material. His 2013 LP, Wild Heart, is one of my all-time favorites. ... read more
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Track List

  1. Dancer in the Dark
  2. American Honey
  3. Naked
  4. Altered States
  5. Breaking the Waves
  6. Big Star
  7. Amateur
  8. Rebecca
  9. Shivers
  10. Something Real
  11. Money Making Machine
  12. Voyager Pt 1
  13. Calypso
  14. The Spirit or the Curse
  15. Vagabond
  16. Voyager Pt 2
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Added on: March 23, 2021