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    Personnel: Ron Sexsmith (vocals, guitar, background vocals); Val McCallum (electric guitar); Albert Romero, Charlene Huang, The Calder Group, Joshua Heapley (strings); Dan Higgins (woodwinds); Joe Meyer (French horn); Hagai Izraeli, William Roper, Lori Stuntz (tuba); Darrell Leonard, John Steinmetz (brass); Mitchell Froom (keyboards); Pete Thomas , Don Heffington, Matt Chamberlain, Michael Urbano (drums, percussion). Audio Mixer: David Boucher. Recording information: Berkeley Street; Froom and Board; Rooster Studios. Photographer: Michael D'Amico. Ron Sexsmith was just born too late (1964) to have the kind of commercial success his approach and songwriting truly deserves -- he would have cleaned up as a singer and songwriter in the 1970s, but as popular music headed down a groove-oriented path that put little or no premium on intelligent lyrics or sweeping, aching melodies as time and the pop charts stomped, rocked, and rapped into the 21st century, Sexsmith has to be content with being a critics' darling. He is, after all, a very fine songwriter, with a folky base that gives his best compositions the feel of timelessness, and he is also a very confessional songwriter, not hiding behind emotional tricks or gimmicks. Throw in a very heavy streak of melancholy, and it all adds up to never hearing a Sexsmith song on the radio. This set, with the punning title of Forever Endeavour, finds Sexsmith even more melancholy than usual, thanks to a throat cancer scare in 2011 (the lump doctors found in his throat turned out to be benign), a situation that turned him toward thinking thoughts of mortality. Working again with producer Mitchell Froom, who produced his first three albums, and then another in 2006, Sexsmith delivers a new batch of songs that have no chance whatsoever of making a singles chart. That's the fault of the times, though, and not Sexsmith, who simply does what he's done since his under-the-radar career began in 1985. Froom helps out with unassuming but appropriately muted orchestration, applying brass, woodwinds, and strings on several songs, but the overall tone of the album is autumnal, sparse, and acoustic. Highlights include the folky "Sneak Out the Back Door," the jaunty, joyous-sounding, and lovely "Blind Eye" (which sounds just a little bit like vintage Donovan without the hippy-dippy lyrics), and the oddly hopeful (for Sexsmith, anyway) "Life After a Broken Heart," although the whole album feels like a uniform meditation on aging, mortality, and the affirming wish to go forward in spite of what's been. ~ Steve Leggett

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    UPC 711297497724
    Runtime 42 min.
    Type Performer
    Genre Rock & Pop
    Label MRI Associated Labels
    Number of Discs 1
    Track Listing Disc 1
    • 1. Nowhere to Go
    • 2. Nowhere Is
    • 3. If Only Avenue
    • 4. Snake Road
    • 5. Blind Eye
    • 6. Lost in Thought
    • 7. Sneak Out the Back Door
    • 8. Back of My Hand
    • 9. Deepens with Time
    • 10. Me Myself and Wine
    • 11. She Does My Heart Good
    • 12. Morning Light, The
    • 13. Life After a Broken Heart
    • 14. Autumn Light
    Format Compact Disc
    Spars Coding n/a
    Artists Sexsmith, Ron
    Country of Origin United States

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