ARTIST: Ron Sexsmith
TITLE: Ron Sexsmith
YEAR RELEASED: 1995
CHART ACTION: None
SINGLES: Secret Heart
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: I know you’d know this record if you went to Luna Music in Indy in 1996 or so.
LINEUP: Ron Sexsmith, Daniel Lanois and Mitchell Froom produced this, so there were session guys afoot too.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Introspective singer songwriter from Canada strikes a nerve with his gentle, yet evocative tunes.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Finally getting his career on track after a couple of false starts, Sexsmith gets some great producers behind him, and they do his songs justice. Sexsmith also brings a great batch of songs to the party as well.
He sounds like a gentle, Canadian soul that is both optimistic and weary. He sounds fragile, but sings with great emotion. The arrangements fit the songs but aren’t simple. Sexsmith knows his way around melody and chords.
It’s a good mellow, chill album, perfect for Canadian summers, eh?
NOTES & MINUTIAE: At first, he had a songwriting contract, but finally Interscope ponied up and he recorded this album.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No.
GRADE: A-: It grows on you – Sexsmith’s voice and melodies shine through.