12 Songs, 40 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Ron Sexsmith sings from the heart.His songwriting favors a direct, non-ironic approach that says what it means and means what it says without equivocation. His album productions have been varied, artful affairs witha number of notable producers - Mitchell Froom, Steve Earle - sometimes subtly, sometimes heavily arranging things to mirror the bygone eras Sexsmith's best songs evoke. 2002's Cobblestone Runway tried some electronic manipulations to spice things up and modernize this lost-in-time songwriter, so it's only natural that the follow-up, 2004's Retriever, would be back to basics. It's primarily a piano and strings album where Sexsmith's heartfelt sincerity falls naturally into place. "Not About to Lose," "For the Driver" and "I Know It Well" flow past as timeless poems regarding life, love, happiness and loss where Sexsmith's '60s pop sense adds a ray of sunshine to the sometimes dire circumstances described. "Whatever ItTakes" twists like an early '70s soul number. "FromNow On" and "Wishing Wells" nudge up the wattage without straining Sexsmith's gentle, wispy voice.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Ron Sexsmith sings from the heart.His songwriting favors a direct, non-ironic approach that says what it means and means what it says without equivocation. His album productions have been varied, artful affairs witha number of notable producers - Mitchell Froom, Steve Earle - sometimes subtly, sometimes heavily arranging things to mirror the bygone eras Sexsmith's best songs evoke. 2002's Cobblestone Runway tried some electronic manipulations to spice things up and modernize this lost-in-time songwriter, so it's only natural that the follow-up, 2004's Retriever, would be back to basics. It's primarily a piano and strings album where Sexsmith's heartfelt sincerity falls naturally into place. "Not About to Lose," "For the Driver" and "I Know It Well" flow past as timeless poems regarding life, love, happiness and loss where Sexsmith's '60s pop sense adds a ray of sunshine to the sometimes dire circumstances described. "Whatever ItTakes" twists like an early '70s soul number. "FromNow On" and "Wishing Wells" nudge up the wattage without straining Sexsmith's gentle, wispy voice.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
6 Ratings

6 Ratings

Irish Mick ,

Just wonderful

timeless, beautiful, and poignant. From Ron's heart to your ears. Impeccable - which is why it only has one review. 2014 can be an ugly place sometimes..

Chef Shane ,

Retriever

This is my all time favorite album by one of the greatest singer songwriters of our time. His songwriting touches hearts, lifts spirits and inspires within. Beautiful!

YikesCasey ,

outstanding!

of all Ron’s albums, I feel like the writing on this is the strongest. Outstanding melodies, great lyrics and his poetic use of arrangements and voice. This one is timeless.

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