Halley DeVestern | Sugar Free

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Sugar Free

by Halley DeVestern

Cookin' original roots-rock soul debut from Brooklyn's own hot mama. "...a masterpiece" - MTV Online
Genre: Rock: Roots Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. I'll Light Myself On Fire
4:27 $0.99
2. Animal
3:53 $0.99
3. Scary
4:57 $0.99
4. They Ain't Got the Ways
4:11 $0.99
5. Anthropologist
3:41 $0.99
6. The Family Way
4:03 $0.99
7. Tied
4:46 $0.99
8. She Is a Bitch
3:36 $0.99
9. Ring of Love
4:35 $0.99
10. I'm Over It
4:01 $0.99
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Album Notes
According the The ChickRock Pages, Halley DeVestern "has been compared to both Melissa Etheridge and Joan Osborne, but she truly has a better voice than both." Well, you can judge that for yourself, but Halley is one artist who doesn't mind comparisons.

As she told The Long Island Voice in an interview, "What you hear from the outside is more real than what you hear yourself." Which, I think, is her way of saying that the customer is always right.

Now, practically every female rock singer gets compared to Janis Joplin, because no one's come along to supplant Janis as the icon of rock goddesshood, and probably no one ever will. But how many are invited to be the lead singer for Janis's old band, Big Brother and the Holding Company? Halley toured with Big Brother in the fall of 1998 and had a blast. The guys even learned and worked into their set three of Halley's songs. And you can hear those songs and seven others, recorded by Halley and her crack team of musicians, on her debut album, "Sugar Free."

Quoth Newsday, "Why 'Sugar Free' wasn't released on a major label is anybody's guess. DeVestern's irascible manner is as radio-friendly as any Alanis Morissette or Meredith Brooks." Well, we know why. If it had been released on a major label, you wouldn't get to discover it here at CD Baby, would you?

In its four-star review of "Sugar Free," The Music Paper said, "Her tracks are vibrant, her melodies catchy and her delivery is soulful and sure." And there's a catchy summing-up phrase if we ever heard one.



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Thaelo Blue

Why isnt Halley a superstar yet???!!!
I love the gutsy punch-in-the-face feeling this album gives me... Halley sings the thoughts in my head!! She can rock and she is a powerhouse of musical emotion. From one woman to another, its incredible to feel the strength and truth behind her songs. Grrrrrr....I feel like an animal and I wanna hear some more!!! Rock on!!!


One presses play... A downbeat-drum fill... A second or two of anasuming ease... Then the s**t hits the fan with a wall of sound that can only compared to a freight train. Halley Devestern's song "I'll Light Myself On Fire" pushes every sonic envelope there is and it does it in a way that sends the brain scrambling and makes the listener forget to breath. We often look for that "big song". One that makes us feel as tall as a mountain. This song does just that. In Blues laced, Alternative Rock style, Halley creates a powerful combination in the songs opening minute. The electric guitar banging out the chords with the hammond organ and harmonica create the perfect introduction to a voice that's emotive style might be mistaken for legendary female singers, past and present. Halley's voice is what sets her apart from most of the overly sweet female singer/songwriters of the day. It's no wonder her debut album is called "Sugar Free". Terrific songwriting, top-notch production and classic vocal work create a triple threat in this song. Halley DeVestern's lyrical ability in concert with the other stellar aspects of this song create an artistic grand slam that is much coveted and rarely attained by today's music makers. It's safe to say that if this song were on major market radio today, it would (after time) be looked upon as a classic. Apparantlly, the industry recognizes a classic when it hears one. Halley is currently receiving rave reviews and notice from MTV-Online, Newsday and the top college stations in the country. She will be a featured artist on the Eastern leg of The Indiegrrl Tour. It seems clear that, despite the title of her album, Halley DeVestern's future is looking sweeter by the minute. By Scott Meldrum

Jeff Adams

Halley is the BEST! This CD is a must-have. I've played it 20 times at least, this week, and still can't get enough.