Devon Sproule's Don't Hurry For Heaven is a calm album that draws inspiration from folk, rock and country. The Kingston, Ont. native keeps things mellow throughout the rootsy record, channelling original folk icon Joni Mitchell with the vocals and surprise chord changes on "Good To Get Out" and opening track "Ain't That The Way."
Sproule currently calls Charlottesville, Va. home, and recruited her American singer/songwriter husband Paul Curreri for producer duties on Don't Hurry. Curreri makes musical cameos on all songs except final track "A Picture Of Us In The Garden," adding layers of instrumental and vocal texture that complement the quiet strength of Sproule's vocals.
The album features few choruses and hooks, instead showcasing Sproule's conversation-like lyrics over a cool, understated instrumental section. Sproule doesn't stick with one style — she crosses over to jazz for "Bowling Green," then to traditional country, complete with banjo and slide guitar, for the title track.
Fans of new and old folk and country will appreciate the authenticity of Sproule's Don't Hurry. It's ideal listening for a road trip, a Sunday getaway, or a lazy sit on the porch.