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Ron Sexsmith

Ron Sexsmith Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (20 Mar 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Polydor Group
  • ASIN: B000001Y6P
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,947 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Secret Heart 3:150.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. There's A Rhythm 3:110.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Words We Never Use 3:030.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Summer Blowin' Town 2:170.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Lebanon, Tennessee 2:570.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Speaking With The Angel 3:370.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. In Place Of You 3:330.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Heart With No Companion 3:090.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Several Miles 3:400.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. From A Few Streets Over 2:430.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. First Chance I Get 2:020.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Wastin' Time 2:450.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Galbraith Street 3:050.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. There's A Rhythm 3:250.79  Buy MP3 

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In the beginning 2 Jan 2004
Format:Audio CD
It is a tribute to the man, I think, that I had never, in 1995, considered mellow and intelligent music to be worth much attention before hearing Ron Sexsmith. I was young - 14 to be precise - and I liked Nirvana, Green Day, Sepultura and (yes) Slade.
But Ron was the first person since Buddy Holly to hit me as "my kind of music". Through this incredible album I heard Leonard Cohen for the first time and, nine years on, I am the Loudon Wainwright III, Bob Dylan and Randy Newman fan that one would expect such a grounding to spawn.
I had no idea that lyrics could be so simple and uncluttered, so generic yet personal. I knew it was an epiphany of sorts. I was breaking free of the shackles of being simply a "rock" fan, something I now realise was unusual to be doing so young. I am pleased to see that people are still 'discovering' this album and this man now.
The album itself opens with 'Secret Heart', a simple song stirring the most primitive of emotions, something that would become a trademark of Ron's. Anyone now thinking that Sexsmith was a little countrified is then left to think again with the folk-rock tinge of 'There's a Rhythm'.
The album continues in this vein of never quite letting on to where its going, through 'Words We Never Use' and 'Speaking With The Angel', to 'Summer Blowin' Town and 'First Chance I Get', you are constantly thrown between country, folk, rock and Costello-esque pop.
The truth is that, for all the Hank Williams you can hear in the man, there is an equal share of Ray Davies and Harry Nilsson. This makes it impossible to pigeon-hole Sexsmith, as is true with Wainwright, Dylan and Newman.
This diversity in his influences and writing has evolved over the years too.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Near Perfect Album 20 Sep 2002
Format:Audio CD
This is Ron Sexsmith's best album and certainly the best introduction to this supremely gifted songwriter. Ron is a great craftsman, something he shares with his great champion Elvis Costello and the dedicatee of this album Harry Nilsson. The opening track 'Secret Heart' is achingly beautiful with a superb vocal interpretation - the limitations of Ron's voice only emphasise the vulnerability at the heart of the song. If you don't like this song you probably won't like the rest. 'Speaking with the Angel' written for his son was borrowed (as a title) by Nick Hornby for an anthology of short stories in aid of a school for autistic children - the lyrics are startlingly appropriate and the connection only emphasises their depth and universality. The song is an outstanding moment on an outstanding album.
Another more personal favourite is 'Wasting Time' an easy going love song...but the whole album is - no other word will do - great.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real 'Singer-songwriter' classic 5 Sep 2000
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Format:Audio CD
Ron Sexsmith's first album remains his best. It is that old story that an artists' debut contains years of melodies and emotions distilled into songs, as the subsequent albums have to recreate the same intensity and within a year or two. Sexsmith was 31 when this album was released, and it is certainly worth the wait. Mitchell Froom's production is perfect for Sexsmith's delicate songs, with acoustic guitars layered gently over a sympathetic rhythm section. The main attraction, however, is Sexsmith's unique voice. Soulful and warm, Sexsmith evokes the emotion of 'Song for you'-era Gram Parsons or the intimacy of Dylan on 'Restless Farewell' or 'Girl From the North Country'. The words he sings share with with fellow Canadian Leonard Cohen the near perfect poetic construction, and Cohen's 'Heart With No Companion' is covered by Sexsmith here. But whilst Cohen's lyrics wryly tell of melodramas, Sexsmith's stories are of the everyday, the humdrum made beautiful and heroic. Thus the modest yearning of 'Lebannon, Tenesse', or the vignette of feelings never spoken 'The words we never use'. Difficult to pick a standout track, but 'Speaking with the Angel', a paen to his son (after whose birth Sexsmith said 'he first felt like a songwriter'), has it all - a lullaby melody that enters your mind and never leaves, and sentiments to melt the stoniest heart. Ron Sexsmith has reached similar heights on his subsequent albums, but he has not equalled the lovely 'completeness' of his debut.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Solo debut at last . (revised & corrected) 1 Mar 2005
Format:Audio CD
The release of this the first album by Ron Sexsmith was a long journey that had started in December 1987 when Ron had not long moved to Toronto he went to see a producer called Bob Wiseman, he liked Ron's songs and agreed to help him record a Demo tape, the producer just had a tiny basement studio this is where the demo was to be recorded, a 4 track demo tape was planned.
In the process of recording the demo the 4 tracks turned onto 11 tracks, however Bob Wiseman played for a well-known Canadian band called "Blue Rodeo" and with their busy touring schedule and Bob's other work commitments the recording of the 11 tracks was stretched over a 3-year period, finally the 11 songs were released as a independent cassette called "Grand Opera Lane" this was early 1991.
As if by magic a copy of the tape found it's way down to a bigwig in Los Angeles this lead to a publishing deal, which in turn lead to a recording contract with the label "Interscope".
If you want to get hold of this tape forget it, (long time sold out) but now from Ron's own website the tape has been re-issued as a C.D.
Out of the 11 songs that appeared on the tape only 1 track made it to the major label debut, the track in question is called "Speaking with the Angel" which is a lot rockier in nature than the version you will hear on this album.
For the release of Ron's eponymous album, one of my favourite producers was brought in (this is how I personally discovered Ron) Mitchell Froom along with his long time partner Tchad Blake, who was employed to record and mix the recordings.
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