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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.
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Probably one of his most highly produced albums with the songs sounding a little more 'commercial' and 'poppy' but the reality is the songs are still outstanding! Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mr. R. W. Thomas
Not quite sure how Mr Sexsmith eluded my attention for so long, but he did. Mea Culpa, and now I know I've been missing out. This is great, and highly accessible. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Gordon Modyor
A song writting master amongst masters. One star less than perfect due to slightly overly compressed dynamics at times, but only slightly. Read morePublished 8 months ago by patrick mccaul
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 20 months ago by Vixx H
Anyone who has not heard this guy , check it out . A master songsmith ( no pun intended). Whos sings from the heart .Published on 12 Aug. 2013 by dave brough
fantastic album this man is a genius I have seen him live and he is just as good as his albumsPublished on 24 April 2013 by sue taylor