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Halley DeVestern - Sugar Free

Do I Frighten You?
by: kriste matrisch

With the first listening of Sugar Free, I was immediately impressed with DeVestern's vocal expression.  Not only does one hear possible influences of Alanis Morissette or Ani Difranco in her style, but she also is totally unique.  There is a certain strength shown in her expression that makes her one-of-a-kind.

As always, I find it admirable that she writes and plays every song on the album.  The music is upbeat, definitely entertaining.  It is somewhat difficult, however, to classify her genre of music.  Many of the songs have a bluesy feel; others are full of the passion and rage of rock music.  This just makes her more unique in her style in that she is diverse.  The songs are definitely written from the woman's perspective, attacking issues of the self, animalistic lust, family, and others.

It is my experience that the best music out there is the stuff that you don't hear on every day radio.  So, I certainly hope that DeVestern continues to make albums on her own. 

Artist Halley DeVestern
Album Sugar Free
Label DeVestunes / BMI
Date 07.23.97
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4.0 out of 5.0