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Ron Sexsmith has been one of most consistently brilliant songwriters since he emerged fully formed with his self-titled major-label release in 1995. Here with hard-rock producer Bob Rock keeping the sound tight and snappy, he sounds more powerful than ever before. The hooks come flying fast and furious and Sexsmith sounds completely in charge on the harmony-stacked power-pop rocker “The Reason Why.” Throughout the album, the arrangements coalesce into a powerful mix that gives Sexsmith a strong-armed backing band, with Josh Freese on drums and Travis Good of the Sadies on guitar. “Believe It When I See It” features a chilling organ-piano bed and a melody worthy of early-‘70s radio. “Miracles” is soft rock with an extra kick. “No Help At All” with electric piano and flute travels to a time when songcraft was highly celebrated. “Late Bloomer” rings like an Andrew Gold piano piece. “Heavenly,” in a crisp two and a half minutes, “Michael and His Dad” and “Everytime I Follow” are further proof of Sexsmith’s unrelenting songwriting prowess.

Customer Reviews

Sexsmith at his finest!

Another great one! "Love Shines" and "Believe it When I See It" are instant favorites. Ron is one of the best singer songwriters out there!


The only reason I can think of why this guy doesn't have a bigger audience than he does is that he don't look like a model. Come on people, the songs, the singing, the production is superb.

A gem

A truly great record - from someone who knows what a record is. Ron Sexsmith is an under the radar artist who deserves to be noticed - give this a listen you won't be disappointed if you love great songs, well sung with heart..


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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