John Shelton Ivany's Top 21
Devon Sproule mixes yodeling with reggae and twang with ballad, all under the guidance of her front and center voice. Her sardonic lyrics surprise you in conjunction with her unconcerned pop-folk instrumentation, and let you know she's sincere. She is funny and inspiring, and her album beckons summer in ruthlessly. From the song "Good to Get Out": "It's good to get out of the house / Doesn't it feel so good? / Just go and buy a motorcycle / and ride 'til the summer's over."
Sproule is new on the scene, and should be gaining attention in short order with this album. It combines a carefree sound with grounded lyricism in a symbiotic balance.