CD Sunseed (CD 1179029),
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  • 1. Jailcell Mind
    2. What You Want
    3. Keep Drivin'
    4. Paint by Numbers
    5. Wished You Were Here
    6. Traffic
    7. Bubble in Disguise
    8. Farmers
    9. All Roads Lead to Jamaica
    10. Too Much
    11. I'd Rather Be Lost
    12. Invisible Cities
    13. Dragonfly Eyes
    14. Braille
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 1703848

  • Credits
    ProducerHayley Sales
    EngineerMike Gillies; Richard Sales

    Personnel: Hayley Sales (vocals, guitar, piano, percussion); Richard Sales (guitar, banjo); Charlie Quintana (drums).
    Audio Mixers: Hayley Sales; John LeMay; Richard Sales.
    Recording information: Glasswing Studio, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, C; Mushroom Studios, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
    Illustrator: Susan Michalek.
    Photographer: Kharen Hill.
    It might seem a bit reductive to call Hayley Sales a female Jack Johnson, but the barefoot-in-the-sunshine vibe of the young singer/songwriter's debut album is so in keeping with Johnson's laid-back mellowness that the comparison is difficult to avoid. The first single, "What You Want," is an easygoing shuffle for acoustic guitar and brushed drums, topped by Sales' kittenish vocal and personal-empowerment lyrics, positively screaming for airplay on adult alternative radio stations and at organic food co-ops across North America. What keeps Sunseed from being merely coffeehouse fodder, however, is Sales' knack for melody and the relaxed charm of the simple but varied arrangements. (The 21-year-old Sales, the daughter of a recording engineer, produced the album herself at her dad's home studio on Vancouver Island, British Columbia.) The wide-eyed lyrics occasionally come off a bit clumsily, like the overworked metaphors of the opening "Jailcell Mind," but given Sales' relative youth, the occasional misstep is forgivable, and at the album's best (the Suzanne Vega-like closer, "Braille"), she makes up for the few faults. ~ Stewart Mason

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