The album begins with a song titled 'Before I Sleep' in a sobering momentum. It is one of my personal favorites on the album because it embodies that feeling you get on a journey that isn't pleasurable, but you still have to take. It could be taken literally if you need a good driving song, but it's likely figurative and it carries a lot of emotional punch as such.
The third track, 'Woman (Oh Mama)' is powerful and creates this incredible intensity for a folk song. It has a wild authenticity that I think you guys will love. (The video for this song is below.)
Prepare to feel heartache in a beautiful way when 'What a Good Woman Does' comes on. I cried the first time it played. Joy Williams is no doubt talented, but this is a new level of bearing her heart. It's stunning and saddening all at once.
'The Dying Kind' is probably the song I would recommend to a fan of The Civil Wars that wasn't ready to let go of the slow-drawn sound they had. She maintains her own voice, but there are elements of her previous career in this track. I naturally gravitate to it, myself.
Those are just a few of my favorite songs on Venus. It's a great album. I definitely think it's worth giving a listen and buying if you like it!