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  • Audio CD (17 May 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B0001XLVYA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 144,857 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Hardy Bargain
2. Imaginary Friends
3. Not About To Lose
4. Tomorrow In Her Eyes
5. From Now On
6. For The Driver
7. Wishing Wells
8. Whatever It Takes
9. Dandelion Wine
10. Happiness
11. How On Earth
12. I Know It Well

Product Description

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The key to Ron Sexsmith's appeal is that he's equally rooted in two contradictory traditions: old-school country rock and post-Smiths literary archness. It's fitting then that Sexsmith dedicates Retriever to the memories of June and Johnny Cash and Elliott Smith. The influences of Cash and Smith are both discernible on this fine album, along with those of John Hiatt, Lloyd Cole, John Prine and The Divine Comedy. From these incongruous inspirations, Sexsmith has wrought another fine album riddled with instantly memorable melodies and artlessly affecting lyrics. Sexsmith is on especially fine form on the ballads: the only thing wrong with "Whatever It Takes" is that it has arrived too late to be sung by Marvin Gaye; in "For the Driver" and "Dandelion Wine", the sentiments and arrangements are dressed up only as much as they need to be.

Retriever suffers slightly from an excess of polish in the arrangements--"Wishing Wells" and "Happiness" in particular might have benefited from a slightly more robust approach--but for the most part is a tour-de-force of intelligent songwriting. --Andrew Mueller

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Sept. 2004
Format: Audio CD
Ron Sexsmith has a talent for creating fine melodies and refreshingly un-clichéd lyrics. "Whatever it Takes" is faultless toe-tapping soul, "Tomorrow in her Eyes" is a simple, beautiful track - when I heard him perform it live at his Dublin gig recently I knew I had to get buy this CD. It's the best thing I've heard in ages.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Stoddart on 22 Mar. 2008
Format: Audio CD
Coldplay,Elvis Costello,Paul Mccartney. You've heard of them well, why not this guy? Do yourself and your ears a favour and just buy one of his albums. This was my first choice. Has two of the best songs I've ever heard in years. "Not about to lose" and "Wishing wells".I only bought it as Raul Malo (he ex of the mavericks) covered one of Sexsmiths songs "Secret Heart." That album of Sexsmiths will be next on my list. A real find amongst todays corporate rock drivel.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. J. Baker on 26 April 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is the sixth album from Ron and he's on great form. More guitar-basedthan previous efforts, this still has everything we've come to expect froma Sexsmith album: great melodies and thoughtful, low key lyrics. Mypersonal favourites are Not About to Lose and For the Driver.
Greastsongwriting like this should be supported; don't miss it!
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I never had paid much attention to Ron Sexsmith, even if he is Canadian (and despite my penchant to support the music of Québec and of the Dominion of Canada) and even if it always was evident that the lad has a lot of talent. His songs earlier in his career seemed so promising, both words (rare these days when song lyrics are variously mind-numbingly sub-literate or vacuously pretentious) and music, his voice nice but not compelling enough to come up with a strongly persuasive "package" of song material and performance to propel me into "leaping for the bait" enough to want to buy any of his CDs or audiocassettes.

That was the case until I heard "Whatever It Takes" (unannounced, of course) playing softly as background music while on "hold" while waiting for a chemist (pharmacist, in our Canadian lingo) when calling the drugstore! I made a frantic effort to identify who was singing this great and very sophisticated song, with vocals of such tenderness and musical control and a surprisingly appropriate and fine arrangement. So, it turned out to be Ron Sexsmith! Well, lads, I am on the path to being a Sexsmith fan now, or at least a vigilant observer of what he does in this still-new 21st century!
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I never had paid much attention to Ron Sexsmith, even if he is Canadian (and despite my penchant to support the music of Québec and of the Dominion of Canada) and even if it always was evident that the lad has a lot of talent. His songs earlier in his career seemed so promising, both words (rare these days when song lyrics are variously mind-numbingly sub-literate or vacuously pretentious) and music, his voice nice but not compelling enough to come up with a strongly persuasive "package" of song material and performance to propel me into "leaping for the bait" enough to want to buy any of his CDs or audiocassettes.

That was the case until I heard "Whatever It Takes" (unannounced, of course) playing softly as background music while on "hold" while waiting for a chemist (pharmacist) when calling the drugstore! I made a frantic effort to identify who was singing this great and very sophisticated song, with vocals of such tenderness and musical control and a surprisingly appropriate and fine arrangement. So, it turned out to be Ron Sexsmith! Well, lads, I am on the path to being a Sexsmith fan now, or at least a vigilant observer of what he does in this still-new 21st century!
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