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Conceding little to the pop fads of the time, Ron Sexsmith’s 1995 self-titled debut album could’ve been recorded twenty years earlier (or ten years later). The Canadian singer/songwriter’s vulnerable vocals and whimsical tunes are in the tradition of artists like Harry Nilsson, John Lennon, Paul Simon and similar greats. Yet Sexsmith is very much his own artist, adept at sly wordplay and bittersweet folk melodies (with some rock oomph thrown in at key moments). He reveals himself to be a fragile optimist, steeling himself for a romantic challenge in “Secret Heart” or pondering a change of scenery in “Lebanon, Tennessee.” He’s equally drawn to the wonders of childhood (“Speaking With An Angel”) and the creepy aspects of urban life (“From A Few Streets Over”). Sexsmith is most eloquent when he slips into nostalgia for a lost past, especially in the gorgeously melancholy “Galbraith Street.” Though quirky, he’s really a pop classicist at heart, as elegantly-crafted tracks like “Wastin’ Time” make clear. Mitchell Froom’s production compliments Sexsmith's sensitive acoustic guitar with reedy organs, ragged horns and other slightly askew touches. First track to last, Ron Sexsmith is an insightful, affecting song collection with the timeless feel of a classic.

Customer Reviews

I'm so glad!!!

I have to give the glory to Feist to leading me to Ron Sexmith. I love the song Secret Heart by her and I saw it was written by him and so here I am. He is a treasure to pleasure:)

never heard of this guy

i don't know why Ron Sexsmith isn't more popular. I was hooked after hearing a few seconds of his music. This guys songs can brighten the darkest day if you ask me.

Fresh

I just bought this album. I really like it a lot. It's rare to find songwriters like this. Unique and simple. So far my favorite is "Speaking With the Angel". His melodies remind me of Rufus Weinwright a little bit. It's a really cool sound.

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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