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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: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,223 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Product Description

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

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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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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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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Listen to this in conjunction with viewing Douglas Arrowsmith's 'Love Shines' on BBC4 and it puts an entirely different light on the album, especially when compared to Chris Roberts rather superficial BBC review (sadly used by Amazon to promote this album). I agree that on first hearing the shiny and perhaps over-focused production seems to suffocate the songs, but then again it has always taken a while to discover the complexity and richness of the songs and the delivery on Ron Sexsmith's albums. I'm still finding things in Exit Strategy of the Soul - an album I've listed to at least once a week since it was issued.

The film shows Ron Sexsmith anxious about his career, totally open and honest about the risks he's taking in making an album with Bob Rock. It's a compelling study in putting together an album, far from a simple PR job or an attempt to glamourise the artist, and it ends up as a profound and touching study of a dedicated artist trying to make his way in a world that's only easy for extroverts and self-publicists. Ron is neither of these, but a complex, honest and vulnerable man - it's this honesty that makes his work so powerful and affecting. Slowly, once you get beyond the production values on this album, this honesty and subtlety asserts itself once again. Let's hope it is as successful as Ron wishes it to be...
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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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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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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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A remarkable songwriter, truly remarkable. Melodies that become hard-wired into your head after one hearing. Lyrics that punch way above their weight. Eminently, compulsively, obsessively listenable. I'm no judge of what constitutes a genius, but I'm guessing this guy qualifies and having bought this album on hearing just a few songs on the recent BBC4 Documentary, "Love Shines", I know that all his others will have to follow it into my collection.
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