Devon Sproule I Love You, Go Easy

Devon Sproule I Love You, Go Easy
Having quickly become a critical darling in the U.S. and UK with her 2007 album, Keep Your Silver Shined, Devon Sproule's fragile folk gets a makeover on this latest offering, courtesy of Toronto, ON sonic architect Sandro Perri and members of the Silt. Although Sproule is Canadian by birth, her introduction to Perri marked her first serious work in her homeland, and from the sounds of it, she's likely to return. Perri's try-anything production style perfectly accentuates the quirkier aspects of Sproule's songs, and the infusion of horns and woodwinds surprisingly doesn't overpower her delicate delivery. What's most indicative of I Love You, Go Easy's approach is the choice to cover Mary Margaret O'Hara's "Body's in Trouble," from her classic 1988 collaboration with some of Toronto's most adventurous musicians of that time, Miss America. Sproule chooses to do a more straightforward interpretation, but the similarities with O'Hara's singular vision are clearly evident throughout the rest of the album, resulting in a charming gem that rewards repeated listens. (Tin Angel)