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Album Review

Ron Sexsmith is so anti-cool that this may actually be one the coolest albums you hear. The Toronto singer/songwriter's appearance matches his music perfectly — hair falling in tousled bangs over doe eyes and baby face; one of those guys who always got beat up in high school and couldn't string two words together in front of a real live girl without stammering. A wide-eyed innocent, Sexsmith's eponymous release marries the wonder of Jonathan Richman with the darker atmosphere of a Daniel Lanois. Superficially, the songs are so sparsely childlike that you're tempted to wonder if Sexsmith is either a master of affectation or some kind of idiot savant.

Customer Reviews

His first and best album

Having seen the other reviews posted, I had to write something (my first review). This would be in my top 10 albums of all time. The quality of the songwriting is stunning and the production suitably subdued. "Wastin' Time" has become my favourite song on the album, but there are many, many great songs here. The rest of his albums are very good too but I would say this remains his best - I don't know, but I suspect some of these songs had been with him for a while before he got to record them. If you get a chance to see him live, do - he's a very nice, very humble person.

with all due respect to celebrity big brother i'd rather listen to ron sexsmith

i put this on for the first itme in my car on the way to work-it's a miserable monday morning and we're facing another uninspiring week in the office (ricky gervais would have a field day) SO if you find tears streaming down your face as the opening track on this wonderful album unfolds remember i told you about it first! this man is a genius. its hard to cover leonard cohen and compete with the man himself but he does an amazing rendition of heart with no companion. when your done with this album check out retriever.....there are times in everyone's life when these kind of artists are catalysts for extraordinary endeavours (believe me)

Criminally Underrated

Ron Sexsmith should be another addition to the list of great Canadian singer-songwriters, but he never seems to have found a widespread audience despite, producing brilliant albums like this one. While he might not be as vocally impressive as his compatriot Joni Mitchell, his lyrics are comparable to the likes of Leonard Cohen (who Sexsmith covers on "Heart With No Companion"). From the unrequited love of "Secret Heart" through the achingly beautiful "Speaking with the Angel" to the nostalgic "Galbraith Street", this album is a neglected gem which proves endlessly listenable.

Biography

Born: 08 January 1964 in St. Catharine's, Ontario, Canada

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

The earnest work of boyish Canadian singer/songwriter Ron Sexsmith won acclaim not from only critics but from fellow performers like Paul McCartney, Elvis Costello, and John Hiatt — some of the same artists, ironically enough, who initially inspired Sexsmith himself to become a musician. Born in 1964 and raised in the Niagara Falls area, he started his first band at the age of 14, and within a few years earned his first regular gig at an area club. Influenced by Pete Seeger, he began making...
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