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Long Player Late Bloomer [CD]

Ron Sexsmith Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (28 Feb 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Cooking Vinyl
  • ASIN: B004FRPTOG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,762 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Get In Line
2. The Reason Why
3. Believe It When I See It
4. Miracles
5. No Help At All
6. Late Bloomer
7. Heavenly
8. Michael And His Dad
9. Middle Of Love
10. Everytime I Follow
11. Eye Candy
12. Love Shines
13. Nowadays

Product Description

BBC Review

Eleven studio albums in, Sexsmith is no longer the "next big thing" in traditional songwriting. The Canadian has settled into a cosy niche as respected craftsman admired by the likes of Elton John and Chris Martin, his songs lending titles to Nick Hornby books, his work covered by Rod Stewart, Elvis Costello and Tom Jones. Recently a duet with Michael Bublé filled his coffers, and it was hearing what producer Bob Rock (previously known for rather heavier offerings with Metallica and Mötley Crüe) had done with Bublé that convinced him the former head-banger could usher his ballads onto the airwaves.

In that respect the album is a success, as its smooth, clean, unruffled soundbeds allow Sexsmith’s knack with McCartney-esque melodies and faintly melancholy message-of-hope lyrics to waft pleasantly across the room. Goodness knows what Bublé put in Rock’s tea, but it wasn’t hardcore. Long Player Late Bloomer is mellifluous but sometimes cloying: a granny-friendly showtune like Love Shines could be something an X Factor finalist would belt out a verse of, or one of Elton’s out-takes from The Lion King. There’s nothing in the couplets here to scare the horses either. As a lyric about small-town dreams it makes Paul Simon’s My Little Town read like Chuck Palahniuk.

An inoffensive country-rock tempo sets the tone from opener Get in Line, a none-too-impassioned, token stab at rainy-day misery. In Miracles he suggests "there are miracles appearing in broad daylight to a cynical world so blind", but there are few in evidence here. Believe It When I See It boasts a little more Tom Petty-ish muscle; you can almost imagine Roy Orbison shifting gears through this. More depth can be discerned on the autobiographical title-track, in which Sexsmith addresses early midlife crisis by advocating turning the record over. The "song is my saviour" and he’s "heard the penny drop".

It seems he’s decided the way forward to consolidating his status as national treasure of the Songwriter’s Republic is caution and conservatism. While the album’s polished and pristine, it also feels dated and somewhat lacklustre, any true inspiration placed on hold. This is Elton Ron.

--Chris Roberts

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars late bloomer, heart warmer 11 Mar 2011
Format:Audio CD
aah, i feel like i've crashed a party just as the guests are leaving! Ron Sexsmith has never been on my radar - and i'm ashamed. He's been all over BBC4 recently and i happened upon him by accident. The songs on this album are beautifully crafted, as are the others on previous albums. It seems, however, that Ron craves the commercial success he certainly deserves and has drafted in "rock" producer Bob Rock for this album. The result is a collection of lush, MOR versions of Ron's ideas. This is both a good thing and a bad thing. It is very agreeable on the ears yet feels like a plea. He SHOULD be much more recognised than he is but, in a 100mph world where songs/singers are thrust in our faces at the speed of sound and then thrust in the 'bargain bin' even quicker, listeners usually lack the attention span needed to appreciate such a gorgeous effort. I sincerely hope that this is NOT his last album! This man has a grasp of melody to rival Paul McCartney. These are wonderful ways to spend three minutes.
This is NOT derivative BUT buy this if you enjoy Paul McCartney, Ryan Adams, Rufus Wainwright, Brian Wilson, Lloyd Cole, Paul Simon etc....
Wonderful Stuff!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea 2 April 2011
Format:MP3 Download
A tricky review for a tricky album. On the one hand we have undoubtedly brilliant song writing, a great voice and phrasing most song writers would kill for. On the other hand we have production which manages to treat these songs as though they are middle of the road, soft and / or country rock, destined for the Radio 2 playlist. The production would be more at home with latter day Del Amitri or Train and whilst that may be right for them it isn't right for Ron.

I desperately wanted to like this album following the recent showing of the documentary on BBC4 but had reservations due to the producer and the team involved. Ron needs exposure and deserves to have commercial success and I hope that this album brings him that and that it leads to people finding his back catalogue. This album is just not in the same league as some of his early outings, particularly his first two albums, sure the songs are still as good as ever but the production does everything it can to stifle them.

After watching the documentary I understand why he used the team he has but I wish he would have approached people who could have done something really special and given his songs the prodcution they deserve. I would love to hear these songs again after production by Phil Ek or Tim Elsenburg and I sincerely hope that Ron seeks out the right production team for his next album.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Iris
Format:Audio CD
This is another of Ron Sexsmith's in so many ways inspiring and beautifully crafted albums. Many of his songs are simply addictive. Lyrics that catch us and our emotions, and will stay with you. Melodies, that carry you away, so uplifting, and simply beautiful. An exceptional, and I think fabulously talented singer, a genius songwriter, whom I prefer by miles to Mr Bubble and friends... His performance on the BBC 4 songwriter's show was the best and most enjoyable music I have heard for many years, and my partner and I catch ourselves watching it again and again. Pure joy :) Go and see him in concert this year in Europe if you can - and buy not only this remarkable, but all of his records (there isn't a single bad one). For more information on his current tour and records, have a look at (...)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent 20 Mar 2011
By Ag Man
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is Ron's best and most consistently good album since Other Songs, and second track 'The Reason Why' is possibly his best tune ever. I suppose as usual there will be huge critical acclaim and zilch sales; it's been said so many times, but it's a tragedy and a disgrace that this man isn't an absolute superstar. But then again he'd probably hate that tag. Keep going Ron, you are just the best songwriter out there.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best 3 Mar 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is the 11th studio album from Ron Sexsmith and yes I have to confess that I have them all and yes they are all good, just some are obviously better than others, however this is just so good.
I am sick of reading reviews stating how much his songs are appreciated by other artists, that just detracts from the man's own tallent, he is brilliant and always has been.
Long Player late Bloomer is however his best work for some time, as there many many great tracks "Believe It When I See It" and "Eye candy" to name only a couple, great place to start if he is new to you, unfortunately then you will just have to get the rest.....sorry.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Revelation!! 15 Mar 2011
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I came to this album on the back of the 'Love Shines' documentary recently aired on BBC4, having never heard of Ron or his music before. Whilst I understand some of the criticisms levelled at the production, I have to say, unashamedly, that I love this album. It's been a long time since I've felt this excited by a new album, and if there was any justice in the world this is the kind of thing we'd be hearing on the radio these days, instead of the usual drivel. I will definately be checking out Ron's back catalogue. This album will spend a lot of time on my cd player.
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5.0 out of 5 stars late bloomer -- worth the wait 14 Mar 2011
By lmb
Format:Audio CD
This man is a great talent , like Neil Young he really is a poet . This record will I hope open up a new audience for him whilst keeping his old fans happy . The production grows on you and Rons music retains it's soul and it's honesty -- quite an achievement I think . His lyrics alone deserve a wide audience , lets hope this album fulfils the dream ....
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok
Not a bad album by this young man, not my normal choice of music but I'll give anything a go and I did enjoy the album.
Published 7 months ago by Vixx H
5.0 out of 5 stars Ron is great
Anyone who has not heard this guy , check it out . A master songsmith ( no pun intended). Whos sings from the heart .
Published 11 months ago by dave brough
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius
fantastic album this man is a genius I have seen him live and he is just as good as his albums
Published 15 months ago by sue taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Ron The Song
This man is a top drawer song writer, and up there with the greats. Being modest, and almost humble about his work, he has produced here a wonderful album, with many beautiful... Read more
Published 17 months ago by stevesviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Listening is Believing
Fabulous album from the Canadian singer songwriter. His many famous fans have known for a long time how great the songs Ron writes are. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Anon
5.0 out of 5 stars A great discovery
I had never heard of Ron Sexsmith until at the beginning of this year a friend encouraged me to listen to this album .... Read more
Published 19 months ago by S. Ferrer-Salat
5.0 out of 5 stars Melodies Galore!
Saw him on Jools Holland earlier in the year and loved the song but was concerned it would be a bit too 'country' for me. How wrong I was. Delightful melodies... Read more
Published on 1 Dec 2011 by J. Needham
5.0 out of 5 stars Ron gets better with age!
Great! Saw him in concert in Brighton recently and he was really good, packed out and many encores which he seemed to find surprising, it is nice to meet someone who is genuinely... Read more
Published on 28 Nov 2011 by sansue
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
Terrific songwriter, subtle, funny, sad, always interesting and engaging. These are excellent songs, with some wonderful musicianship. Read more
Published on 27 Oct 2011 by Robert Ashdown
5.0 out of 5 stars Ron Sexsmith's latest album
A beautiful album of crafted melodies, all bound together by the rich soulful voice of a Canadian Genius. Mellow warm and unmissable.
Published on 4 Oct 2011 by Marcus from Devon
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