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Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Ron Sexsmith – April After All.

Ron Sexsmith is one of those singer-songwriters who keeps making great records and keeps getting ignored.

His second album, Other Songs, is about as close as he’s got to selling out featuring as it does Sheryl Crow and even having a few up-tempo tunes. The album’s slicker than usual production comes courtesy of Mitchell Froom who produced such acts as Crowded House, Paul McCartney and Elvis Costello and is also known as Mr Suzanne Vega.

However, no amount of slick production could cover up the morose nature of the songs on the album. Themes include child abuse, cemeteries and plenty of loss (of childhood, love and dignity). Lyrically, the closest he gets to happy-go-lucky on the album is the melancholic optimism on display on Thinly Veiled Disguise and today’s track, April After All.

On this song Sexsmith sounds absolutely deflated and defeated. Even though he keeps insisting that, no matter how bad things are, better times are just around the corner; you have to wonder if he really believes it himself.

Ron Sexsmith – April After All.

Buy Other Songs.


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