5.0 out of 5 stars songs from the heart
Blue Boy is anotber great Ron Sexsmith album. As always with any Ron Sexsmith album, the standout quality on this album is the quiet attentiveness to the often hidden miraculous details of everyday life. Ron's style is the antithesis of so much contemporary music in that it is a lovely antidote to that often strident, addictive music that allows no space or opportunity...
Published on July 8 2004 by peter
1.0 out of 5 stars Ron's Worst Album by Far
If you've never heard Ron Sexsmith, don't start with this wretched pile of mediocrity. Ron is brilliant, but no-talent producer Steve Earle's 1970s rock sensibilty drags him down and sits on him on this CD. My suggestion is that you start with Ron's latest, "Retriever," his best and most satisfying album ever.
Published on May 13 2004 by Waxwing Slayne
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5.0 out of 5 stars songs from the heart,
This review is from: Blue Boy (Audio CD)Blue Boy is anotber great Ron Sexsmith album. As always with any Ron Sexsmith album, the standout quality on this album is the quiet attentiveness to the often hidden miraculous details of everyday life. Ron's style is the antithesis of so much contemporary music in that it is a lovely antidote to that often strident, addictive music that allows no space or opportunity for real feelings to emerge. These songs are about looking at the world with an open heart and mind. In my opinion, they are the best kind of songs in that they slowly and gently insinuate themselves into your psyche.
For me, standout songs are Tell Me Again, Miracle In Itself, Never Been Done and Keep It In Mind.
1.0 out of 5 stars Ron's Worst Album by Far,
This review is from: Blue Boy (Audio CD)If you've never heard Ron Sexsmith, don't start with this wretched pile of mediocrity. Ron is brilliant, but no-talent producer Steve Earle's 1970s rock sensibilty drags him down and sits on him on this CD. My suggestion is that you start with Ron's latest, "Retriever," his best and most satisfying album ever.
5.0 out of 5 stars another stunning album from this great songwriter A+++++,
This review is from: Blue Boy (Audio CD)wow, another perfect album from ron, he does not know how to write a bad song, not even a bad line, this album is full of brilliant songs, it amazes me that he is not better known, he writes beautiful lyrics and melodies that i do not tire of no matter how many times i listen to them, it's hard to describe his music, i imagine if you mix leonard cohen, early dylan and paul simon, you might come close, the production by steve earle is just fine, but then, it could have been produced by the backstreet boys and the brilliant songs will survive.
5.0 out of 5 stars This CD has LOTS going for it,
This review is from: Blue Boy (Audio CD)When I first gave this cd a spin, I thought, OK, a pretty nice
soul-country pop singer in the style of Nick Lowe (compare with Lowe's "Pinker and Prouder" album...) But beyond that this has grown on me remarkably, it's plain great. The first track reminiscent of McCartney's old pumping bass and horn treatments off of Revolver, the second song, "Cheap Hotel," a melodic and vocal tour de force, perhaps in the style of Squeeze. Sexton's voice has a certain fragility, but paradoxically, the guy can sing really well! It's all good! ....
5.0 out of 5 stars You Can Hear Terry Gross and Ron on the web,
This review is from: Blue Boy (Audio CD)Dear reader:
If you'd like to hear a 30 minute broadcast of Ron talking with Terry Gross on Fresh Air, all you have to do is go to npr.com, do a search for Ron Sexsmith, and you'll be there. It's a great show, all about this album, with him talking about why he wrote the songs, with some live performances. If you want to know more about this outstanding singer/song writer, check him out on the radio. He sure does seem like an awful nice guy, too--wish he was a friend of mine.
5.0 out of 5 stars What an album!,
This review is from: Blue Boy (Audio CD)This would have to be one of the albums of the decade, not a dud song on the whole CD.
The most played CD in my collection in a long time.
Well done Ron!
5.0 out of 5 stars how can you ignore the talent,
This review is from: Blue Boy (Audio CD)I fall into the category of people who discovered this dude by synchronistic means. I'm a new wilco fan, wished Buckley was still around, embarassed to like ms. crow, listened to Costello since day one, etc. so I am a sucker for pop songs. I coincidently clicked on an archived interview at FreshAir and quickly became interested. Although I appreciate the songs, I'm still struggling with the voice; after listening to this album over 20 times in a row. At times it is soothing and others it sounds like bad karoke but the arrangements, music and production are supreme. I heard a live track of "Everyday I write the book" with ron accompanying costello and I realized this guy has [guts]. I would have shut my mouth and just listened to Elvis regardless of what they had planned. And yet, i will probably buy all the back catalog stuff because I recognize that this guy is very talented, not afraid to look like a dope and will probably end up accidently dead before he has a chance to reach his peak. So, as morbid as that sounds, I will continue to appreciate his genius. I guess the upside is that a live show will not disappoint anyone because improving his voice with ProTools is probably forbidden in his recording rider. Given the accolades by some the best songwriters today, a tribute album will eventually come down the pipe and most likely blow the world away.
4.0 out of 5 stars A Winner,
This review is from: Blue Boy (Audio CD)This is my first experience with Ron Sexsmith. Word of mouth brought me to him and glad it did. Very tuneful pop-folk. Steve Earle is involved, but his influence is not as strong as on some of his other proteges. In fact, Sexsmith -- in voice, compositions and variety of arrangements -- most reminds me of Freedy Johnston. Immediate highlights include the runaway abused woman of Cheap Hotel, and the would-be model son of Never Been Done. But Sexsmith's forte is the romantic, slightly dazed and dreamy, can't quite believe this is happening love song, as in Tell Me Again and Just My Heart Talkin'. This is a talent worth hearing and we'll be hearing more from him.
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant,
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This review is from: Blue Boy (Audio CD)Wow! What a talent. Ron Sexsmith nearly evaded my attention (he certainly doens't get any attention by corporate radio which so dominates the airwaves in Dallas-Fort Worth)but I was fortunate enough to hear a review of this CD on NPR a few months ago. Ron is a songerwriter of the highest caliber. His lyrics are emotive, sensitive, raw, honest. He is able to set a mood so effectively, and often with just a few short lines. And the melodies here are gorgeous; I find these songs popping into my head days after the last listen. And Ron's voice is beautiful too, equal parts Brian Wilson, Paul McCartney and Elvis Costello yet truly unique. This disk is solid from beginning to end, but for me the standouts are Cheap Hotel, That's Just my Heart Talking and Thumbelina Farewell. Buy this disk and spread the word about this phenomenal talent.
5.0 out of 5 stars Getting raves from Paul McCartney and Elvis Costello . . .,
This review is from: Blue Boy (Audio CD). . . and if you listen to Ron Sexsmith's latest, you'll understand why. The melodies, the lyrics, the sometimes smooth-as-caramel/sometimes touchingly-croaky voice all hint at elements of Macca's and Elvis's decades of acclaimed songwriting. And THIS may turn out to be one of 2001's "best kept secrets" in the music industry. Those who swear by Top 40 radio to get "the latest" are missing out on a gem of a record.
Standouts on _Blue Boy_ include the touching story of a woman who, with her kids, flees from her husband and finds sanctuary in a "Cheap Hotel"; this song's simple, subtle melody allows Sexsmith's poignant lyrics to take center stage. "Don't Ask Why" would find a comfortable home on any album by McCartney, Costello, Nick Lowe, or the like; a simple pop melody (using tried-and-true guitar chords like D, Am, Bm) but addictive after a few listens. "Tell Me Again" is one of many songs that highlight Sexsmith's "sheepish", self-deprecating (but nonetheless intriguing and endearing) sides, as he asks the one he loves to repeat what was just said, having been lost in thought. Likewise, "Not too Big" also showcases this self-deprecating side, but with a bit more cynicism, backed by a more upbeat, shuffling, blues-y melody (perhaps similar to Little Feat, in some oblique way?)
This album will be in my Top 5 Albums of 2001. I highly recommend giving this one a listen; you will be pleasantly suprised again and again, with each track.
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