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  • Vinyl (March 6, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: 101 DISTRIBUTION
  • ASIN: B006Y5WKLM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #503,059 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. This Song
2. Cheap Hotel
3. Don't Ask Why
4. Foolproof
5. Tell Me Again
6. Just My Heart Talkin'
7. Not Too Big
8. Miracle In Itself
9. Thirsty Love
10. Never Been Done
11. Thumbelina Farewell
12. Parable
13. Keep It In Mind
14. Fallen

Editorial Reviews

Heavyweight 180gm vinyl LP repressing of this 2001 album from the Canadian singer/songwriter. Music On Vinyl.

Customer Reviews

A well-produced record of fine songs and good music!
Bob Creasey
Even with the almost-edgyness of some of these tracks, his honest, real sounds and strong yet sublte lyrics come through and personfy greatness.
David Clark
I'm sure if you listen to it though, you'll quickly understand what I mean.
Pete

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By S. Harri McLennon on June 16, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Brilliant---maybe the best thing I’ve heard all year(right up there with the Old 97’s album). Subtle, refined music---wry lyrics---unobtrusive production---totally at odds with the stuff on the radio(cause to rejoice). Occasionally melancholy and mellow but definitely not overly so. “Foolproof” sounds like a standard from the 30's and he pulls it off. Each song has its own merits. A solid piece of work (possibly a classic in my humble opinion).
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. Campbell on November 3, 2001
Format: 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By David Clark on June 6, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This newest release from Ron Sexsmith might initially freak out some oldtime fans who have come to know Sexsmith's soft, warm and pop-folkish tunes. Those characteristics certainly aren't missing from Blue Boy, but on this new and most eclectic album to date some stuff will jump out and tilt your head, at first. R.S. gets more bluesy, more funky, more off-beat and definitely more up-tempo on this one. He raises his voice more than I've heard before, and even throws some reggae/ska in the mix. I admit, I was scared at first listen, wondering if he was getting too experimental. But as I took it in 3 and 4 times over, the songs began to seep in and touch my soul like only Ron's songs can. Even with the almost-edgyness of some of these tracks, his honest, real sounds and strong yet sublte lyrics come through and personfy greatness. Ron can, apparently, do no wrong. Amen.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 6, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This is Sexsmith's most immediately appealing album yet. The trio of recordings he did with Mitch Froom in the 1990s (Ron Sexsmith, Other Songs and Whereabouts) are all wonderful, but their charms emerged gradually, with repeated listens. Not so with Blue Boy. Part of the credit goes to Steve Earle's production, which is clean and spacious while still managing to be a little rough around the edges (the CD was apparently recorded in a matter of days). But Sexsmith's songwriting, as always, is the true wonder. He has a singular talent for writing songs with hooks that work without banging you over the head. His singing, meanwhile, continues to grow more confident--Blue Boy features the best vocal work of his career. Sexsmith isn't an experimental artist on the order of Radiohead or Elvis Costello. He merely writes good songs ("just melodies with words," to paraphase "This Song"), and presents them unadorned. The fact that that approach has sustained four excellent albums is testament to his huge talent as a writer.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 8, 2001
Format: Audio CD
If the world were possibly a bit more of a perfect place, and albums sold purely on their merits, this would make it to the top of the charts. If it doesn't quite get there, hopefully it might come as at least some consolation that (if there were such a place) it would now be No.1 in heaven, and the likes of Buddy Holly, John Lennon, Cole Porter, Roy Orbison and Harry Nilsson would be touring together playing "Blue Boy" and spreading the gospel about a most remarkable talent named Ron Sexsmith.
PS: I don't know what album the two people behind the poor reviews below were listening to. Song writing, melody, lyrics, and music full stop, don't get much better than this
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Pete on June 6, 2001
Format: Audio CD
It's hard to descibe an album like this, or Ron Sexsmith's music generally, without sounding gushy and over the top. I'm sure if you listen to it though, you'll quickly understand what I mean. If your not already with Ron's music, you might also want to check out his first, self titled record, which since its release around 5 years ago, has already become a classic, and is simply one of best bodies of music going. His other two are almost just as good. Paul McCartney, Elvis Costello, Elton John, Paul Simon, Cheryl Crowe and Sarah McClaughlin are some of Rons biggest fans, and it's easy to understand why. Do your heart and mind a favour, break open your piggy bank, and join the club.
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