I've always found Ron Sexsmith better digested in small doses. When I dive head first into any of his records, it's the musical equivalent of having one too many pieces of chocolate cake. Rich and satisfying his songs may be, but occasionally the texture and sweetness of his voice is too much for me 10-12 songs in a row.
"Long Player, Late Bloomer," his just released new CD, is the first Ron Sexsmith record that has solved that problem. Maybe it's the abundance of upbeat, McCartney-esque pop gems that sucked me right in, or maybe it's that I've laid off chocolate cake for a while, but this new collection of tunes begs to be played over and over.
Songs like "Love Shines" and "Every Time I Follow" rival Sir Paul's finest solo work, and like McCartney, Sexsmith's lyrics can sometimes rot your teeth. But also, like McCartney, he pulls it off by writing melodies that are both triumphant and heartbreaking. Dare I say it, but "Long Player Late Bloomer" is a pop masterpiece and Ron Sexsmith's finest work. And he's put out some fine work.
Listen to "Believe It When I See It." It's the one I latched onto, and just one of a dozen brilliant tunes off "Long Player Late Bloomer."