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Upstate Songs

by Devon Sproule

Think clean kitchen with a plant in the window, the creak of a chair and tap of a toe: Sproule offers a bit of a turning in, a clever collection of stories and observations, and an earful of the most graceful melodies.
Genre: Folk: Folk Pop
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1. Plea for a Good Night's Rest
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2. Come Comet or Dove
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3. Farewell, Seasick Suffering!
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4. Tristan and Isolde
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5. Should Have Been Snow
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6. You Aren't Really Here, It Isn't Really Light Out
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7. White Kite at Georgetown Green
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8. My Baby Just Cares for Me
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9. Last Summer's Lifeguard
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10. Country Sun
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
“Perhaps the sweetest and most honest folk-pop album recorded this year.” -- ROLLING STONE

With the release of her third CD, Upstate Songs, rising-star Devon Sproule joins the growing roster of artists on City Salvage Records, the independent multi-media label out of Brooklyn, New York. Released on June 3rd, 2003, Upstate Songs features a collection of bright, sparsely arranged compositions and represents a new direction from the grittier, electric sounds that gained Sproule national recognition with the release of her previous two albums.

Raised on Canadian folk music, dead teenager ballads from the 50's and the Beatles on a 465-acre commune in rural Virginia, the twenty-one-year-old Sproule began touring nationally at the age of sixteen, sometimes performing with the accompaniment of a rock band. Although the rock-influenced sounds featured on Long Sleeve Story, released in 2001 and produced by Dave Matthews Band bassist Stefan Lessard (who also appears on the record) brought Sproule's name to the public eye, it is the music on Upstate Songs that will establish her as a considerable, mature songwriting talent.

In "Plea For A Good Night's Rest," the album's opening track, Sproule measures a good night sleep as a reward for a day well-spent and a life well-lived. Accompanying herself on acoustic guitar, Sproule's angelic voice sings, "Sleep she comes to steal the ones who/Fill their glass and leave the rest/Whose teeth get brushed, who eat enough/And know how to treat their friends."

The brave “Come Comet or Dove” recalls the summer Sproule spent writing and recording Upstate Songs in Woodstock, NY, steeped in the legacy of an acoustic Bob Dylan, Shakespeare in the park, and the hushed pickings of a young Nick Drake. Sproule sings, "The heat had set in as the summer began/ I had just ceased to sing winter's sore tune",

The Donaldson/Kahn-penned standard "My Baby Just Cares For Me" is accorded a sparkling, gleeful treatment by a young artist with, in addition to her own obvious songwriting abilities, a comprehensive appreciation for American popular and folk song traditions.

"Upstate Songs is devastating: a beautifully understated album, haunting yet full of joy. Devon Sproule is fearless," says tour-mate and creator of FOUND Magazine, Davy Rothbart.

Sproule has also toured and/or shared stages with the likes of: Dan Bern, Erin McKeown, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Dave Matthews Band, and Kelly Joe Phelps.

Rolling Stone’s “Critic’s Top Albums of 2003” called Upstate Songs, “Perhaps the sweetest and most honest folk-pop album recorded this year.” Critic Julie Gerstein recalls being “blown away by Devon's live performance," she says. "She brings something special to the genre...a sense of sweetness, innocence and clarity.

Sproule’s live concerts capture her at her best: candid, poetic and with stage presence that is at once youthfully charming and self-possessed.

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Marianne

beautiful
I absolutely loved this lovely CD. An awesome songwriter. A poet. A voice like an angel.
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david bauser

this is a must own if you enjoy folk music.
since i heard devon play an acoustic show at the campus coffee house at NCSA i knew i loved her music. but what was to come of her now was a supprise. this cd is the embodyment of what i consider great folk music. her voice is amazing as well as the calm styles of guitar in such songs as my personal favorite "plea for a good nights rest". this collection of amazing songs literally had me in tears and gave me great joy in my knowing of devon and now i respect her to a new extreem every time i write her. she has become a true musical influence for my songwriting and i am glad that she is around to enlighten the life of any listeners. spending however much money is no issue... this album is a must own, hands down. just as bono from U2 said of Jeff Buckley and his voice devons voice is "...a pure drop in an ocean of sound." it is truely splended.
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Ed Goodstein

Yes, it's great!
All the reviews are right :)! This is wonderful singer/songwriter fare, & even unique and unusual. And quite a contrast to her also great LONG SLEEVE STORY album.
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Rachi

fantastic voice
If you want to hear a beautiful voice and plenty of talent for those hazy days where its raining outside and you have to do your work, this CD is perfect. I can project it round the house without worrying that my walls are going to fall down, because its peaceful no matter how loud.
Brilliant CD, I would recomend it to anyone.
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AJAY

grammy goes to best female vocalist
I REALLY LIKE THE SONG "PLEA FOR A GOOD NIGHT REST" THE FEMALE VOCALS ARE INFECTIOUS AND THE ACOUSTIC GUITAR IS REALLY ON POINT GREAT SONG
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martha

love for midnight company vocals yes yummy
This is the most perfect cd I have ever heard for when you can't sleep. It's company for a wonderfully moody summer night awake. I hardly need friends anymore. It's true.
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Mo

Absolutely amazing
Devon's guitar playing is impressive, but the real gem is her voice, a strangely delicate, unaffected, innocent-sounding and yet direct and expressive voice. Don't miss the opportunity to see her live on stage!
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Raechel Morera

Amazing Talent
Living in Virginia, I relate to her lyrics. I wish I had written all of them myself. She is an amazing writing talent and guitarist. Each album is better than the last!
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Hugues Orsetti

One of my very favourite CDs in years
Such a joy to enter the songs world of a new, refreshing, so personal and talented artist like the young Devon Sproule! Each song affects you somewhere in your mind or your heart (it may be the same thing after all), this is so charming, warm, peaceful, poetic, haunting, romantic, honest... I hadn't heard such personality in the free folk field since Dar Williams and Christine Lavin. Devon is a great singer, lyricist and melodist, a complete, impressive and amazing talent.
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Jennifer

Devon's voice is angelic, and her music is divine
The quality of the songs on this CD are quite a treat. The sound of this music and the lyrics are filled with originality and emotion in a hauntingly beautiful way. Highly recommended!
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