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Album Review

When an artist like Ron Sexsmith releases a new album, it's easy to take for granted that it will be as strong as anything in his wonderfully reliable catalog. His gift for crafting relatable, warm-hearted, and effortless-sounding guitar pop has been proven time and time again, and while some albums turn out better than others, none are bereft of at least a few memorable gems. A track record like this presents a pretty tough standard for any artist to match, but like a best friend whose support you can always count on, Sexsmith's legacy is his consistency and he delivers once again on his 14th LP. Named for the LAX luggage carousel that receives bags coming from Toronto to Los Angeles, Carousel One is a lengthy effort (16 tracks) full of more diversity and playfulness than either of his last two outings. While 2011's slick Long Player Late Bloomer seemed aimed at a commercial breakthrough, and 2013's understated Forever Endeavour was a more somber acoustic affair, Carousel One strikes a nice balance between Sexsmith's many sides. Produced by Jim Scott (Wilco, Foo Fighters) and aided by a crack band of studio vets, the songs veer from cheerful, buoyant pop tunes like "Before the Light Is Gone" to wistful odes like "Loving You" and witty midtempo rockers like "Saint Bernard." There's even a surprising boogie-blues number called "Getaway Car." It's a casual and friendly record with less of the nostalgic melancholy Sexsmith is frequently known for, and with 20 years of high-quality releases and a successful, if somewhat modest career to his credit, who can blame the man for sounding happy?

Customer Reviews

Another Great CD

Ron keeps writing the best songs of anyone in the business today-come back to Jammin Java or the Birchmere1

A+

Another winner from Ron Sexsmith. Summer is just around the corner and this excellent new album will play perfectly with sunny days and good times.

Another Gem of An Album

Ron Sexsmith is one of the best singer-songwriters on the planet. You can't go wrong with any of his albums. They are all superb. This album (Carousel One) is yet another fantastic album chock full of great songs performed with depth and compassion.

Biography

Born: January 8, 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 only from 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 the...
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