One of Canada's most respected singer-songwriters, Ron Sexsmith has fans in Michael Buble, Steve Earle, Lucinda Williams, and Elton John. This is because he can write about the human condition and heart like nobody's business and keeps the music so pure that it almost seems effortless. The man has talent to burn and makes it almost seem like second nature to put out album after album of gems.
This is his 12th album and he has joined forces with über-producer and fellow Canadian Bob Rock (Metallica, The Cult, Motley Crue). Most albums recorded nowadays are not entities, but rather a few strong singles and fillers thrown in. "Long Player Late Bloomer" is an exception to that annoying rule. Every single song on the album is a winner. No weak efforts here. Finally this is an album that might bring him the commercial success that his talent warrants. Though that might not happen as this is music that would have fit in perfectly on the radio surrounded by music by Joni Mitchell and Elton John. Meaning the 70s or late 60s. Not the Katy Perry and Lady Gaga dominated pop sound of 2011. On the bright side, he is beginning to sound more and more like another of his famous fans, Elvis Costello.
The lyrics are fairly dark and sincere while the music is alternately twangy and lovely. This is still his roots pop sound, but producer Rock has brought a more commercial twist to it. Rock is not too heavy handed with his tweaks and touches, so it allows what we all love about Sexsmith to still shine through.