I'd bumped into several Ron Sexsmith songs over the years and, after buying, and really liking, 'Exit Strategy of the Soul' took the plunge and went to see Mr Sexsmith play live. I found a compelling and engaging performer with a strong back-log of songs. Hence Step Two, the purchase of several 'old' CD's to find out what I'd been missing. By far, 'Time Being' I think is his strongest set of songs and ideal for the Ron Sexsmith novice. 'Hands of Time' is the solid opener which sets the pace and is followed by 'Snow Angel' - basically one of his finest hours - a deceptively lilting song featuring Gothic imagery about revenge,dead angels and betrayed love. On several songs the influence of the Beatles shines through - 'Grim Trucker' could have appeared anywhere on the Abbey Road medley and not been out of place. 'Ship of Fools' bounces along, with a killer chorus, and the excellent 'Never Give Up',which Pete Thomas, once of the Attractions, drives along on percussion, similarly shine.
With the recent spate of singer/songwriters, many veering towards the light weight end of the scale, you could do far worse than check out the brilliantly named, Ron Sexsmith. If you're looking for intelligent, well written and crafted pop songs, you won't be disappointed. 'Time Being' would be the ideal starting point