Just got to say how much I am enjoying Devon Sproule’s new CD, “Don’t Hurry For Heaven.”
Here’s a video of Sproule’s song “Julie”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pxsEAw4raBg
Sproule writes poetry that is clever, fun, and sensitive. There is a joy and appreciation in her lyrics that is stunning. When a songwriter is described as “sensitive” or “sincere,” one usually thinks of dark, bleak moods and disillusionment. Sproule hits some of those spots, but her lyrics also hit some happy places too.
Her vocal delivery is strong and clear without a trace of melodrama. A delivery that reminds me of Suzanne Vega with a southern feel added. The instrumentation is funky, imaginative, and spot-on with the lyrics. I love the old, spontaneous sound of Neil Young’s early records, and Sproule’s CD hits that live and raw feel with warm electric guitars and groovy rhythms.
When listening to this album for the first time, I sat on the couch and applauded all alone. Strange, but that’s what I did, and I’m so glad that an album comes out now and again that can make me happy.