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  • Audio CD (23 Sept. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Tin Angel
  • ASIN: B00E20TAY6
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,051 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. You Can Come Home
2. Magic in the Panic
3. You Can't Help It
4. Colours
5. The Fan
6. Walking in the Folly
7. Talk to You
8. The Fire Inside
9. Nobody Tells Me a Thing
10. The Shallow End

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By The Wolf TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 29 Sept. 2013
Format: Audio CD
Fellow Canadians Devon Sproule and Mike O'Neil have created something
rather special with their collaboration 'Colours' which appears to have
brought out the best in both writer/performers. I'm totally in love with it!

By turns quirky, whimsical and curiously affecting these ten songs slowly
burrow their way into consciousness like the best kind of dreams until it
becomes hard not to flip the control back to "Start" each time it's over.

The structure of these compositions is endlessly beguiling and surprising.
Just when you think you know where a number's going it makes a sharp left
turn and leads you off in an unexpected direction with a whole set of new
wonders to consider. In its own way it's a gloriously old fashioned affair.

Opening track 'You Can Come Home' is a cracker, a tad redolent of late 90's
Lix Phair (I'm thinking 'Whitechocolatespaceegg'), a mid-tempo chugger with
with Ms Sproule's sweetly laconic voice swelling out into some truly lovely
harmonies; the gentle rhythmic bounce and silvery guitar licks of 'You Can't
Help It' has the pair singing in tandem as though they were born to do so
and the gorgeous final invention 'The Shallow End', with its fluid upright bass
and warm brass, brings a consummately conceived album to a magical close.

No doubt about it. 'Colours' is headed straight for my 2013 Top Twenty!

Highly Recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Hooper on 19 Oct. 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Devong Sproule has come a long way since the gentle finger picked wintery tunes of 'Upstate Songs'. 'Colours' is the latest edition of Ms. Sproule's fascinating journey through folk and Americana into a place that is purely her own. Without jettisoning an ounce of her songwriting talent, unique delivery, exceptional lyrics and melodic genius, she has produced (with Mike O'Neill) an LP of absolute perfection and poise. Building on the spacious soundscapes of 'I Love You Go Easy' she has moved herself into a position where she can blend the subtlest of shuffling funk rhythms with melting jazz chords, pop melodies of the highest order.

Anchoring all of this are her lyrics. Sometimes opaque, often dazzling and always original. Few writers lay themselves as bare as Devon without being explicit or overtly referential, she manages to write words that pull you in, often before the tunes do; that takes a special kind of ability.

Every track unfolds slowly, polished and studded with exquisite detail (the sparsely used backing vocals of Robin Dann on 'Talk To You' for example)

Mike O'Neill is an admirable foil, his dry, high tenor voice a perfect compliment to Devon Sproule's silky swooping. Between them they set up converstations and a combatitiveness (The Fire Inside) that prevents any sacharine dueting.

How much better is Sproule going to get? How much fun will it be finding out?

Wow.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pianoman12 on 7 Oct. 2013
Format: Audio CD
Devon Sproule captured my heart with the title track of her breakthrough album Keep Your Silver Shined. She's been prolific since, drifting away from her down-home Virginia countrified roots and this collaboration with fellow Canadian Mike O'Neill could be her strongest set since then. Thom Gill's guitar solo on 'You Can Come Home' is worth the price of admission alone, and O'Neill's contribution is understated but key: his songs' timeless melodies and warm voice is a great complement to Dev's sweet strong singing and jazz-tinged guitar. It may take a few plays to grow on you, but grow on you it will: I need to buy the mp3s again because I've worn them out.
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By Tiger on 25 Jan. 2014
Format: Audio CD
Devon Sproule is a great, expressive, imaginative singer and there are lots of transcendent moments on this record - 'The Shallow End', 'Colours', 'The Fire Inside' and especially the standout 'You Can't Help It'. I hadn't ever heard of Mike O'Neill before but his voice is lovely too and the best moments on this are when they are singing together. The arrangements are careful and delicate, nice bits of brass and percussion - it's a bunch of talented people doing interesting things. On the downside, some of the songs feel a little undercooked - 'Nobody Tells Me A Thing', 'Walking in the Folly', 'You Can't Come Home'. Devon's lyrics also can sometimes irritate with overworked cutesiness, (especially 'The Fan') and sometimes it seems like the band is trying to impress more than entertain - which is fine with me but might limit the number of people who will like it.

There are really great moments on here if the listener is prepared to be a bit selective and Devon's overall approach and love of experimentation is surely going to win a lottery in the future.
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I've been following Devon Sproule's work since "Upstate Songs" after watching her wonderful performance at The cambridge folk Festival about a decade ago where she played "Plea For A Good Night's Rest" - one of the finest songs I've ever heard. She's one of those few, rare artists (like Andrew Bird and Laura Veirs) who somehow manages to never put out below par material.

Her new record, "Colours", offers subtle changes to her usual template (subtle, elusive examinations of domesticity, simultaneously celebratory and sad) rather than a radical overhaul. This makes the LP no less essential. She's been a prolific collaborator in the past, attracting some very talented musicians into her fold along the way - such as BJ Cole's who's inventive pedal steel work immeasurably enhanced her most fully realised record (in my opinion) to date, "Don't Hurry for Heaven". Her husband Paul Curreri also features extensively on most of her records (his trombone playing is particularly prevalent on this release) so it's hardly surprising she's chosen to work with another songwriter on a joint LP. That being said I would say "Colours" is still very much Ms Sproule's record, her influence dominates the entire collection as a whole.

I must admit I wasn't aware of Mike O Neill's work before this but his contributions and writing, which are somewhat poppier in nature than Devon's, if anything immediately help to make this one of her most accessible works. Their voices and styles merge marvellously. The single, "You Can't Help It" and its accompanying video (where she dances with utter abandon, much like Thom Yorke on the Radiohead promo - Lotus Flower) are the best example of this, a joy pure joy to listen to and watch.

It's obvious she's in transition and also having a lot fun right now.
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