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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 1, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ronboy Rhymes
  • ASIN: B004ISVGR6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #127,173 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Get In Line
2. The Reason Why
3. Believe It When I See It
4. Miracles
5. No Help At All
6. Late Bloomer
7. Heavenly
8. Michael and His Dad
9. Middle of Love
10. Everytime I Follow
11. Eye Candy
12. Love Shines
13. Nowadays

Editorial Reviews

A singer-songwriter acclaimed by a galaxy of artists from Bob Dylan to Elton John, Chris Martin to Michael Buble, Steve Earle to Lucinda Williams for his insight into the human heart and a melodic purity (to paraphrase admirer Elvis Costello) unheard since the heyday of Paul McCartney, you ll find him straight after the Sex Pistols in any self-respecting encyclopedia of modern music. That s as close as Ron Sexsmith has ever got to in-yer-face hard rock. Until Now

For his 11th album, Long Player Late Bloomer, the award winning troubadour has paired himself with a fellow Canadian, the producer of bone-crunching classics by Metallica, Motley Crue and The Cult the genuinely named Bob Rock. The 13 tracks on the album that came out of this partnership each and every one of them sound like honest-to-god hits.

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Walk into a room where this album is playing and you will stop, pay attention, and seek out the music.
Morris Crisler
He has a very rich, smooth quality to his voice, a great sense of chord structure, unique yet somehow familiar (in a comforting way) melodies, and really cool lyrics.
Big Daddy Gadzooks
They move naturally with great rhythm, pace and, above all, a supreme gift for melody, particularly as sung with Sexsmith's slightly melancholic voice.
James N. Perlman

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By J. Schwarz on March 3, 2011
Format: Audio CD
If you haven't already heard the story surrounding Ron Sexsmith's 11th (or is it 12th, depending on how you count them) album, indulge me briefly. A world class songwriter (and not only because Elvis Costello, Elton John and Paul McCartney say so, but because it's simply true) grows increasingly frustrated with the disproportionate amount of commercial success relative to his critical triumph. He thinks maybe he should be satisfied with whatever run he's had, but rather than pack it in, decides to go for broke, and enlist an artist-centered producer, rather than the "artistes" he's used thus far. A most unlikely source, Michael Buble, refers Ron to Bob Rock (already admired by Ron as it turns out), who'd produced some of Buble's last record, as well as bands such as Metallica. Can an authentic, principled singer-songwriter find happiness with this arrangement without feeling like he's sold his soul? The answer is a resounding "YES!". If you've never heard Ron before, as mentioned by Mr Perlman in his review, this would be a great place to start. Ron's gentle, almost croon-like warble has evolved into just the right instrument to combine his beautiful melodies with lyrics that are philosophical without being navel-gazing, spiritual without being proselytizing. They are obviously personal to him, but are free to be adopted by each listener. The perfect melodies simply aren't found much in 21st century music, and there's an old-fashioned songcraft at play that many of today's artists claim to emulate, but rarely produce.
Throughout most of Ron's recorded work, one senses an unhappy, or at least a resigned individual, who is content to roll with life's punches and tries to use whatever good he can mine from his life to sustain him day to day.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By James N. Perlman on March 1, 2011
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For those who have purchased previous albums by Ron Sexsmith, rest assured your money will be well-spent on this splendid collection of pure pop songs by an artist who has garnered the respect of some of the finest songwriters of our time. For those looking for an entry point to this artist, I'm not sure there is a better place for one to start than this album; as it may be the most accessible in Sexsmith's catalog. There can be many ways to judge the quality of a song on an album; but one has to be if the song, from beginning to end, sounds right and effortless. There are 13 songs on this album and each sounds right. They move naturally with great rhythm, pace and, above all, a supreme gift for melody, particularly as sung with Sexsmith's slightly melancholic voice. But that melancholic voice is perfect for the lyrics to most of these songs.

With the music business being what it is today, it is most probably Sexsmith will remain a fairly well-kept secret. However, if you purchase this album, you'll be in on the secret and you will be able to say to your friends: "Listen, do you want to know a secret?" with the confidence that this secret is every bit as good as "Do You Want To Know A Secret?"

ADDENDUM: 5/25/11: This is a well-produced album that sounds better than most these days in the compact discs format. Yet, if one is an audiophile, with a very good vinyl set-up, the true beauty of this album can be realized by purchasing the import vinyl at around $35: [...] . It is pressed on 180 gr. vinyl and, at least my pressing, is very quiet; revealing much more detail, tonal balance, and a more nuanced dynamics. If you are able, this is the definitive way to hear this album.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Big Daddy Gadzooks on April 8, 2011
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I'm not going to say much. I just heard of this guy -- which is quite a shame. I was searching for something else and happened upon this CD through CDNow's suggestions, listened to the samples, loved the quality of his voice, bought the CD. I've listened to most of this CD. All I can say is, I've ordered everything in his collection that I could find on this site. He has a very rich, smooth quality to his voice, a great sense of chord structure, unique yet somehow familiar (in a comforting way) melodies, and really cool lyrics. A must have for anyone who loves talented singer-songwriters.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Morris Crisler on March 6, 2011
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The important point of this review is that people buy this album. Ron Sexsmith has written so many exceptional songs through the years, not just my opinion, Elvis Costello and Lucinda Williams say so as well. His melodies and words are reckoned with the elite, with the likes of the Beatles, Brian Wilson, Ray Davies, Elvis Costello, and Squeeze. His albums have undersold, even though critics point to the consistant quality. His music deserves your attention.

He is a modest man. I met him in Tampa, FL after a show. He had stood on stage with just his acoustic guitar and made a believer out of my wife and I. He graciously spoke with us and signed a CD. Just a regular guy with a poet's heart and an undeniable talent for story telling in the small detail and the poignant perfect phrase.

On Long Player Late Bloomer producer Bob Block presents Ron's songs with strong, engaging arrangements, and coupled with an exceptional vocal performance by Ron, allows us to see the brilliance so many of us have appreciated over the years. He has framed these songs perfectly. Walk into a room where this album is playing and you will stop, pay attention, and seek out the music. Ron's music deserves this presentation, and the attention and appreciation it should bring. Buy the album and open the door to a treasure of exceptional songs.
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