14 Songs, 44 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

This consistently strong Canadian troubadour has never recorded a poor album and his ninth, 2008’s Exit Strategy of the Soul, features more solid love songs and philosophical aphorisms to satisfy his adult-folk-pop audience. Recording once again with producer Martin Terefe, Sexsmith set up shop in London and Havana, employing notable Cuban musicians, Amaury Perez and Alexander Abreu and arranger Joaquin Betancourt to punch up a few tunes along the way. “Brandy Alexander,” a song Sexsmith co-wrote with Canadian star Feist and that appears in slightly altered form on her album The Reminder, benefits from the extra bursts of festive horn. Yet, at heart, no matter how you dress him up, Sexsmith always returns to the acoustic guitar or piano to work out his tales of eager redemption. “This is How I Know,” “Thoughts and Prayers,” and “The Impossible World” come across as letters from an understanding friend who’s seen his share of hard times and may still be experiencing them; as the loneliness of “Traveling Alone” implies, this is one troubadour who’s spent his fair share of time on the road.

EDITORS’ NOTES

This consistently strong Canadian troubadour has never recorded a poor album and his ninth, 2008’s Exit Strategy of the Soul, features more solid love songs and philosophical aphorisms to satisfy his adult-folk-pop audience. Recording once again with producer Martin Terefe, Sexsmith set up shop in London and Havana, employing notable Cuban musicians, Amaury Perez and Alexander Abreu and arranger Joaquin Betancourt to punch up a few tunes along the way. “Brandy Alexander,” a song Sexsmith co-wrote with Canadian star Feist and that appears in slightly altered form on her album The Reminder, benefits from the extra bursts of festive horn. Yet, at heart, no matter how you dress him up, Sexsmith always returns to the acoustic guitar or piano to work out his tales of eager redemption. “This is How I Know,” “Thoughts and Prayers,” and “The Impossible World” come across as letters from an understanding friend who’s seen his share of hard times and may still be experiencing them; as the loneliness of “Traveling Alone” implies, this is one troubadour who’s spent his fair share of time on the road.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

lemanwil ,

Another Great One

I've never been let down by one of Sexsmith's albums, and this one follows the others. This is an album that I can listen to in its entirety and enjoy. I love "Spiritude" and "Dawn Anna" especially. Even without lyrics they are truly beautiful songs. I could imagine "Dawn Anna" being in a number of wedding ceremonies. "Music to My Ears" is a very fun song as well, and reminds me of some other Sexsmith songs that put you in a good mood after you listen to them. Thanks again for a great album Ron, you're one of the best song writers and performers out there.

riverdeep ,

the great modern male voices

ron sexsmith, ryan adams, eddie skuller, rufus wainwright, jeff buckley, antony

Music digger ,

HALO

Ron Sexsmith is one of the most talented songwriters of our generation. He's never released a bad record.

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