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Ron Sexsmith

  • 1. Secret Heart
    2. There's a Rhythm
    3. Words We Never Use
    4. Summer Blowin' Town
    5. Lebanon, Tennessee
    6. Speaking With the Angels
    7. In Place of You
    8. Heart With No Companion
    9. Several Miles
    10. From a Few Streets Over
    11. First Chance I Get
    12. Wastin' Time
    13. Galbraith Street
    14. There's a Rhythm
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 92485

  • Credits
    ProducerMitchell Froom; Daniel Lanois

    In the mid-'90s, a fragile, understated, Canadian singer-songwriter who drew inspiration from Tim Hardin and Harry Nilsson was as out of place as an upturned toilet seat in a convent. Such circumstances make it doubly impressive that Ron Sexsmith's debut album had such an impact (Elvis Costello himself touted it highly). It's not that Sexsmith particularly felt the world was ready for a return to the art-pop melodicism of Brian Wilson and the quietly adventurous folk-rock of the aforementioned Hardin (to whom Sexsmith bears a strong vocal resemblance). It's merely that this album was inside him, and had to come out.
    Mitchell Froom's decidedly '90s production keeps things from sounding too retro, underpinning Sexsmith's tender reveries with drum loops and a conspicuous absence of reverb. Despite the modern trappings, Sexsmith comes across as a classic old-school tunesmith. Song such as "Wasting Time" and "Secret Heart" are worthy of McCartney at his most engaging, and Sexsmith's waifish charisma carries the record perfectly.

  • Critic Reviews
    Rolling Stone (9/7/95, p.72) - 3 Stars - Good - "...He just may be the most fluent balladeer to come along since Tim Hardin..."
    Q (2/96, p.63) - Included in Q's 50 Best Albums of 1995.
    Q (10/95, p.126) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...the songs on this debut are of a consistently high quality....Ron Sexmith's a real talent, a rare talent, and his album is a little treasure..."
    Dirty Linen (4-5/96, p.92) - "...a new voice full of bluster and quirky charm...full of emotional sincerity and great playing..."
    NME (Magazine) (6/22/96, p.54) - 7 (out of 10) - "...Sexsmith...operates at a...prosaic-level lyrically, and is the possessor of what is traditionally termed a `nerdy wail'....As unprepossessing and as deeply `uncool' as all this might sound, [he] could actually be Beck's (much) older brother..."
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