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Genres: Alternative Rock, Folk, Pop, Rock
Pop is one of the most overused terms in the rock-critic lexicon, but on Whereabouts, Ron Sexsmith's third and most ambitious album to date, the brilliant Canadian singer-songwriter offers up 12 pop gems. "Still Time," the... more »
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Pop is one of the most overused terms in the rock-critic lexicon, but on Whereabouts, Ron Sexsmith's third and most ambitious album to date, the brilliant Canadian singer-songwriter offers up 12 pop gems. "Still Time," the opening track, kicks things off with a purpose. Featuring an immediately memorable and haunting guitar riff, Beach Boys-style harmonies, and a hopeful yet melancholic lyrical theme ("Still time for love"), it could be mistaken as an outtake from the Kinks song book. Likewise, "Right About Now" has a distinctly Lennon-esque flair. Sexsmith's familiar idiosyncratic-yet-warm Jackson Browne-like vocals give all 12 tracks a certain sadness. Sexsmith and producer Mitchell Froom temper the darkness with neat tricks of the trade--be they the harpsichord that fades in and out of "Still Time," the banjo and violin on "Riverbed," the heavy piano riff that opens the wonderful "Feel for You," the lo-fi organ that pops up on "The Idiot Boy," or the New Orleans-meets-cabaret orchestra that gives "One Grey Morning" additional charm. This is melancholic pop, to be sure, but it all hurts so good. Whereabouts is further proof that Sexsmith is one of the most important artists to come out of the 1990s. --Bill Holdship
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(5 out of 5 stars)
"On his third album, Ron Sexsmith employs a larger band and busier arrangements than he did on his first two efforts, but as usual, the songs themselves are so arresting that you barely notice the instrumentation. "Every Passing Day" and "Feel for You" are perfect pop numbers, but without a doubt the best selection here is "Seem to Recall," an searingly honest ballad about lost love. Sexsmith's songs are at once familiar and utterly unique. Do not miss this wonderful, soul-enriching music!"
A sweet, quiet, beautiful record
(4 out of 5 stars)
"On this third album, the instrumentation is a bit wider, richer than on the two previous ones. So the sound is even warmer. For the rest, it's business as usual: a voice full of emotion, wonderful melodies, clever and concise lyrics. Ron's music is lifelike. A great talent, and one of the nicest artists I've ever met. Come the success he deserves !"
Only my first listen and i love it already
KhyberNY | NEW YORK, NY United States | 12/25/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"only got the album today in the mail and it's a stunning, beautiful piece of work, i only recently starting listening to ron and am amazed by the ease at which he turns out seemingly simply lyrics that are so touching, and the most beautiful melodies in the world....words cannot describe this artist, do yourself a favor, listen to this or any of his albums for 4-5 times and you will fall in love......this ranks right up there with Other Songs and Cobblestone Runway, superb."