ONE WAY Recommends [Issue
#8] Ron Sexsmith By
troubadour Ron Sexsmiths seventh album, Retriever, encapsulates all
that is wonderful about the prolific artist. His plaintive sincerity, autumnal
imagery, and soothing voice feel as comfortable as a warm bed during a storm.
Along with Sexsmiths other amazing works, every note is a subtle hook and
every word paints a thousand pictures. The sometimes sparse arrangements of this
masterful collections songs allow Sexsmiths golden throat to shine
through while performing exquisite tales of careworn beauty and lovelorn redemption.
While the triumphantly bouncing Happiness seems to be a euphoric parade
through life, For the Driver displays an empathetic lament for the
overlooked and unappreciated. Perhaps Sexsmiths greatest asset is his ability
to deliver heartfelt songs without becoming remotely maudlin or saccharine. His
incredible skill for narrating a shifting range of subjects with ease is a testament
to the singers emotional depth, which has captured the admiration of legendary
artists: Paul McCartney, Elvis Costello, and John Hiatt. With any luck, Retriever
will continue to amass fans for Ron Sexsmiths visionary talent.