Iowa City Press Citizen
This Virginia-based singer/songwriter has built a growing reputation over the course of her now-five wondrously charming albums.
Her third, "Upstate Songs," made Rolling Stone's "Critics' Top Albums" list in 2003, Paste Magazine called 2007's "Keep Your Silver Shined" "the sexiest, sultriest Southern album since Lucinda's "Car Wheels on a Gravel Road'," and in December of last year, the ASCAP Foundation awarded Sproule its prestigious Sammy Cahn Award for lyric writing.
Primarily recorded in England with hubby Peter Curreri producing and providing electric guitars, keyboards and some vocals (plus steel guitar legend BJ Cole), "Don't Hurry for Heaven!" presents Sproule in a deluxe setting that utilizes slippery folk, country, pop and reggae backdrops for the singer's refreshingly sunny, surprisingly unguarded lyrical constructs.
Somewhat reminiscent of '60s folk singer Melanie, Sproule's warble possesses a bright, elastic, almost-girlish quality that belies the wisdom and depth found throughout her songs (eight of the 10 tracks are originals; covers include a hypnotic, neo-psychedelic take on Black Uhuru's "Sponji Reggae").
Every cut's a winner, but don't miss "Healthy Parents, Happy Couple," the breezy, top-down "Good to Get Out" or the duet with Jesse Winchester on "Ain't That the Way."