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Long Sleeve Story

by Devon Sproule

Devon Sproule delivers with Country twang, blues moods and more grit than you can find in a sand pit. Hear the artist before she hit twenty-years-old and mellowed out.
Genre: Folk: Folk Pop
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3. What I'm Used To
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5. Better at Night
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8. She's Not Here
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9. Let Me In On It
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10. Long Sleeve Story
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
On September 7, 2001, The Village Voice welcomed Devon Sproule to New York, hailing her as "a transformed female folkie" and announcing the release of her second CD. This sophomore effort, Devon's "Long Sleeve Story" (Three Word Records) was produced by Stefan Lessard (DMB), engineered by Ryan Nichols, and featured a host of Charlottesville's finest musicians including the legendary jazz trumpeter John D'earth (Miles Davis; Bruce Hornsby).

Long Sleeve Stories:

The female-folk genre is often a big old yawn, especially when they mix it up with some (usually generic Ani-like) rock. "Long Sleeve Story" presents this transformed female folkie with a ferocious backing band. Her melodic ambitions bring to mind Bjork, and her forays into the dark, Michelle Shocked... (Bosler)

-Village Voice
September 11, 2001

Touring to support her forcoming release, "Long Sleeve Story," produced by Stefan Lessard of the Dave Matthews Band, Devon Sproule has noteworthy guitar chops and an undeniably soulful vocal sensibility.

-The New Yorker Magazine
April 16, 2001

"...refreshingly inventive and unpredictable. Devon Sproule's lyrics are some of the better I've heard in quite some time and her guitar arrangements show scant trace of a folky cookie cutter."

-Cville Weekly
September 9, 2002

"Devon Sproule is strange, but in a good way. Her choice of covers and the lyrics to her originals make me wonder where this girl is coming from. Wherever it is, I wish I was from there, too. To see someone so deep and so young is scary. The potential is here for something big, real big."

-Richmond Music Journal
May 5, 1999

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Ed Goodstein

One to make you sit up and take notice
Sproule reveals a tough side here, but it's still approachable & sensitive, and very 'musical' delicacy even
on the more rock sounding numbers. I probably just prefer
her 'quieter' & less bleak UPSTATE SONGS, but really both
sides of her musical personality are strong. And she's only about 21. Wow.
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Ernest Dobson - England

Outstanding!!
I saw Devon Sproule at my local music venue in England and was knocked out by the total musicality of her performance. Not only is she a brilliant composer/singer with a very disntinctive sound, she is also an excellent, confident, performer. Buy the album but, if you get the chance, go see her live. A live album would be great.
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Katrina

at the front of my collection
I bought this CD after seeing Devon perform last August at the permotion of her new CD that's available for purchse now. I fell instantly in love with the wide range of personality found on this mix. It's held its place at the front of my collection of CD's for the past year now. It's the best CD to relate to, because there's something in there for any mood. I personally like to pop it in weekly, if not daily, because it's something that I just love to mellow out to. You should definately buy Devon's music, and just give it a chance. I've introduced Devon to a number of friends and they all have added her to their collections as well. It's a definate must have for anyone who is looking for good music.
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Frank Iaquinta

Jaded
I'm a little jaded because I got to mix Devon at the Tin Angel in Philadelphia each time she came through. She was my favorite artist that performed there and I miss being able to see her now that I live in Florida. If you love Upstate Songs and KYSS as I do, then I think you will find this album a nice look into her earlier playing and singing. Her newer work shows what a technically proficient finger style player she is, but I enjoy this album very much especially tracks one and five.
Love,
Frank
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keith collishaw

Long Sleeve Story
I saw Devon Sproule in a in a pub called the Strand near Sligo in Ireland - she impressed me with her beutiful voice and the lyrical songs she writes. I bought Long Sleeve story along with her two later albums. At the moment this is my favorite. Must have been going through a "rock chick" phase when she did this. Hope she produces some more music along these lines (looking for her first album CD baby). I also love her "mature" music from the last two albums - hope to see her live again in England. She also gave me and my mate John a spare pint of Guiness so can do no wrong in my book
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Alexander Williams

What a wonderful surprise
I happily picked up this young woman's disc after seeing her perform in Vermont. I'd come to see Paul Curreri, a musician who is only predictable in that he'll give a mind-blowing performance every night. But Devon Sproule matched him every step of the way -- even when playing together on stage -- not by replication (which would be natural for someone her age), but through her angel voice, adventurous guitar playing, and tasteful, original, and ambitious lyrics. "Long Sleeve Story" is certainly a much LARGER sound than I heard that night, complete with band, horns, trains, and even some indian sort of drumming. A purist at heart, I buckled down. But very slowly, I came to realize, and I ungritted my teeth... it was great. It is great. The record drips with energy and clutched emotion and perhaps most important: honesty. I believe her. Four stars.
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Laura Liebel

Born to keep running
This record is like a steamroller! It just slams past anything in its path, and it does so really beautifully. The reason it does it so beautifully is neither the smart production nor the wonderful merging of the players. The credit belongs entirely to Devon! Her voice is truly versatile, her guitar playing is great (I bet it will come into the spotlight even more in future albums), and she's got some crafty sensibilities for songwriting. "Long Sleeve Story" is an inspired effort from a young woman who instantly knocks all of the other "shows-promise" artists clear out of the running. Her music sounds sprung from someone born to make music.
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Fedra

it started here!!
I treasure this record. Not only is it full of great songs, but it's full of great energy. Here is a slightly younger Devon Sproule, slightly more innocent perhaps, slightly less worldly maybe, singing her heart out (and rocking her tail off at times). You can hear that she believes in what she's doing from note number one, as she should. There is zero hesitation in her versatile vocal delivery or second guessing of the big production. She was diving straight in, searching. "Upstate Songs," the record after this, shows her having found whatever she was looking for (and then some.) It is truly Awesome. The first youthful sparks of that fire can be clearly heard here in the rocking "Long sleeve Story." I imagine she's got an artistically remarkable road ahead of her. I'm so thankful I'll get to listen to it.
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Fedra

it started here!!
I treasure this record. Not only is it full of great songs, but it's full of great energy. Here is a slightly younger Devon Sproule, slightly more innocent perhaps, slightly less worldly maybe, singing her heart out (and rocking her tail off at times). You can hear that she believes in what she's doing from note number one, as she should. There is zero hesitation in her versatile vocal delivery or second guessing of the big production. She was diving straight in, searching. "Upstate Songs," the record after this, shows her having found whatever she was looking for (and then some.) It is truly Awesome. The first youthful sparks of that fire can be clearly heard here in the rocking "Long sleeve Story." I imagine she's got an artistically remarkable road ahead of her. I'm so thankful I'll get to listen to it.
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Jordan S.

A musical treasure!!!
Let's face it with all the Britney wannabes out there
Devon Sproule is a Godsend. Her beautiful voice and soothing guitar are a blessing to today's musical
world. She really deserves your attention. Buy this cd!
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