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Sunseed

Hayley Sales

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Album Review

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.

Customer Reviews

Great New Artist by Far!

Hayley Sales has given us an excellent C.D. No matter what kind of music your into I think it is a must listen to. For those Driving in the car moments or just sitting around it is perfect. It's very appropriate and easy to listen to for all ages. With it's variety of soft and mellow to live and exciting songs. I'm a teen and my parents also enjoy it! Congrats Hayley Sales!!!!!! This C.D. is a Must Have!

Canadian Girl

I love Hayley Sales, I just saw her at the Vancouver Island Music Fest and she sounds great. She lives near by me too!:) Shes gonna do really well.

WOW!!!!

this is some great music like i wouldnt have thought it was my tast at first cause im more into the oldies but one day when i was at my friends house we were listneing to this and i was like wow this is great, the next day i bought the album and i love it its just so easy to listen to

Biography

Born: August 31, 1986 in Washington DC

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s

Providing a distaff version of the easygoing, sun-and-surf folk-rock of Jack Johnson or Ben Harper, Hayley Sales also rates comparison to more musically expansive alternative folkies like Erin McKeown and even Suzanne Vega. The daughter of a recording engineer, Hayley Sales was born in Washington, D.C., and raised near Portland, OR. Although Sales taught herself to play piano and guitar starting at the age of eight, she attended a performing arts school in Portland with an eye toward becoming an...
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