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Elaine Joyce – The Wound That Never Heals

Brutally honest music is never comfortable listening, and as art it shouldn’t be. Elaine Joyce’s ‘The Wound That Never Heals’ is exactly that kind of track.

Artists have often opened themselves up through their lyrics – Angel Haze’s ‘Cleaning Out My Closet’ being one example of a gut wrenching delivery of someone’s deepest, darkest past. That particular track isn’t really advisable for anyone with a weak constitution, but Elaine Joyce’s ‘The Wound That Never Heals’ is another example of taking personal trauma – in this case the loss of a child – and using that pain to create art. From a faith perspective, that’s part of what Joyce is proclaiming – that God carries her though, despite recognising that things will never go back to the way they were.

Musically, ‘The Wound That Never Heals’ is straight up country. It’s soft and suitably sensitive considering the subject matter. The track builds well, and the range and dynamics respond and react well across the instruments used. The sadness of the song’s lyrical content carries enough weight for the softness of the instrumentation to never detract from the track’s central message.

Poignant, thoughtful, and above all, country!

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