Category: Ron Sexsmith

Ron Sexsmith – Ron Sexsmith

ARTIST: Ron Sexsmith  220px-RonSexsmithalbumcover

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.

Ron Sexsmith – Grand Opera Lane

ARTIST: Ron Sexsmith        grandoperalane

TITLE:  Grand Opera Lane

YEAR RELEASED: 1991

CHART ACTION: None

SINGLES: No

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Mega-fans yes. This was a Canadian indie release.

LINEUP: Ron Sexsmith, Bob Wiseman, Don Kerr, Steve Charles and others.

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Independently recorded and released album from Canadian singer-songwriter is more rocking than his later, more popular albums.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Ron Sexsmith befriended Canadian songwriter and actor Bob Wiseman at an open stage in Toronto, and from there recorded an album with Wiseman that every Canadian record company rejected. So Wiseman released this on his own and it wound up getting Sexsmith signed.

The arrangements here are more rock-oriented than his later releases, but the singer songwriter and introspectivity that later releases show up in cuts like “Speaking With The Angel”.

Fans would love this side of Sexsmith, and his song-craft is definitely present.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: He had a couple of self-produced cassettes that he recorded and sold before recording this album.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No.

GRADE: B: Sexsmith’s songs and voice are all there. It’s not the best place to start but fans would love it.