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Exit Strategy of the Soul [Import]

Ron Sexsmith Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (4 July 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Universe
  • ASIN: B001ADW4UK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 109,710 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Spiritude [Instrumental]
2. This Is How I Know
3. One Last Round
4. Ghost of a Chance
5. Thoughts and Prayers
6. Brandy Alexander
7. Traveling Alone
8. Poor Helpless Dreams
9. Hard Time
10. Impossible World
11. Chased by Love
12. Brighter Still
13. Music to My Ears
14. Dawn Anna [Instrumental]

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ron's playing a blinder on the wing 12 Aug 2009
Format:Audio CD
With a voice as distinctive as his name, Ron Sexsmith's 'Exit Strategy of the Soul' marked my road to Damascus conversion to all things Ron.
Mystifyingly still largely ignored, apart from a growing band of converts, Ron Sexsmith has consistently turned out well crafted, intelligent pop music. This, his 9th CD, is his finest.
As usual, with Ron, the opening tracks set the tone. 'Spiritude' is a Brian Wilson type piano and voice instrumental which leads into one of his strongest songs, 'This is How I Know' - evocative and soulful . This song also marks the introduction of the latin type brass section, recorded in Cuba, that come and go throughout the album. In fact, it's these Cuban horns and an emphasis more on Ron's own piano playing that sets `Exit Strategy' apart from his previous work.
Elsewhere, it's business as usual for Ron - a wide range of strong, well written songs in a variety of styles. `Thought and Prayers' and `Ghost of a Chance' are gentle and touching ballads, `One Last Round', `Brandy Alexander', featuring fellow Canadian, Feist, and `Poor Helpless Dreams' more upbeat, `Hard Time' is bleak, worldweary, `Brighter Still' uplifting, heartwarming. McCartney and Beatle influences are never far from the surface and you'll struggle to find a track that dips below the standard set by the opening tracks.
Stuck out on the wing, Ron's slowly getting more attention - Mr Costello, Macca and Neil Finn are apparently counted amongst his fans. For us, lesser mortals, who have also noticed, Ron's actually playing a blinder.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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Once in a while, an album comes along that you just fall in love with instantly - and this is one of those very special collections. 'Exit Strategy Of The Soul', Ron Sexsmith's ninth studio album, is a mellow, melodic masterpiece. A soulful, soothing collection of gently beautiful, largely piano-based compositions which, even on the more upbeat songs ('One Last Round', 'Poor Helpless Dreams' and 'Brandy Alexander', co-written with fellow Canadian, Leslie Feist), are more of a leisurely stroll than anything to really get the pulse racing. This is an album to be enjoyed on Sunday mornings with a fresh cup of coffee, to be savoured on a romantic evening with the lights down low and your loved one close by you, to be listened to on the way home after a hard day at work and to feel the stress and tension disappearing from your shoulders.

The album begins and finishes with a couple of gorgeous instrumental pieces ('Spiritude' and 'Brighter Still') which frame the songs perfectly. It would be very difficult to highlight the key songs because each of the compositions are worthy of equal billing on this very consistent, balanced album. From the wistful spirituality of 'This Is How I Know' and the elegant, compassionate 'Thoughts And Prayers' to the malcontent, moving 'Ghost Of A Chance' these are like modern hymns for the contemporary age. There is, without doubt, a lot of sadness in much of the lyrics at the amount of pain and suffering in the world, but this is also an album, purely by listening to Ron's personal musings, which is quietly optimistic about life and love and never overly focuses on the negatives.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent album 15 Mar 2011
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Brilliant album from a brilliant artist. I have been following Ron since 1996 and his work gets better and better. A very undervalued performer.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated but overwhelming 16 Dec 2008
By JClare
Format:Audio CD
Having loved Ron Sexsmith's work from the beginning I was going to buy this record whatever but I approached with some trepidation. Ron continues to be rather underappreciated and even the critical approval has started to wane of late. It's also hard to just keep being great and have something new to say on album number 9. But I needn't have worried. In fact, I think this is the best stuff Ron has done in quite a while. I love the subtle use of horns, the vocals are really strong and the lyrics are so honest and direct you can sometimes miss how well crafted they are. After an instrumental interlude, 'This is How I Know' combines spiritual lyrics with a warm uplifting sound that conveys Ron's conviction even to an agnostic like me. This is a great record which no doubt will not do as well as it should. But pass it on to whoever you can as it's music that deserves to be heard.
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5.0 out of 5 stars just buy me! 5 Sep 2011
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great album that should not be ignored. amazing production complete with great brass playing on some tracks. youd be foolish to miss out on this masterpiece which is far superior to the late bloomer cd.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Soulful and interesting 28 Jun 2011
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I am working my way backwards through Ron's albums, as a real newcomer. This album is great - not quite as poppy as Long Player but still full of really catchy lovely tunes and well worth a try.
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Great songs from such a talent . really great for a relaxing sunday morning or late night chill. wonderful .
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5.0 out of 5 stars God this man is good!
This gentleman can do no wrong. Ron has written some of the best songs since Lennon/McCartney and he consistently rolls them out with care and attention to detail. Read more
Published 14 months ago by K. A. Thomas
4.0 out of 5 stars Typical Ron
Maybe not his best album, which is probably Long Player Late Bloomer, but certainly better those most other people's best albums; Ron's songs are so simple but also so special, so... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Martin Ellis
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous and growing on me with every listen
This was recommended to me by a friend and I am really enjoying the album - my first by Ron Sexsmith, and highly unlikely to be my last! Gorgeous songs that change with listening.
Published 16 months ago by E. Green
5.0 out of 5 stars Exit Strategy of the Soul...Ron Sexsmith...
Exit Strategy of the Soul...Ron Sexsmith...Another great album from the man...He's a 15 year overnight success story...All his albums are well worth a listen or two...
Published 18 months ago by Mr. C. J. Withers
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Hidden Classic
Sexsmith is a hidden gem. More classic songs on this album. Each song has more to reveal on each play.
Published on 17 Jan 2009 by J. neale
5.0 out of 5 stars Super CD
When is Ron Sexsmith going to be accepted as a major artist ? This latest album shows once again that he is criminally sidelined, while so-called pop stars hog the limelight. Read more
Published on 28 Sep 2008 by KnightKnight
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