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Another year, another good Ron Sexsmith album....,
This review is from: Time Being-Digi (Mini Lp Sleeve) (Audio CD)
Throughout his career, Ron Sexsmith has penned many an eloquent and insightful word on the subject of time, and for his 10th and latest release Time Being he's devoted an entire album to it. Whether reflecting on days gone by or ruminating on life left to come, time is never far from his thoughts here. Noticable also, is a creeping realization that his time on earth as a songwriter, however gifted, is decidely finite.
If lyrics focused on mortality, the passing of days, and even - in the case of 'The Grim Trucker' reincarnation, suggest a mid-life crisis beckons, the music on Time Being thankfully doesn't reflect this. No sudden shift in musical style for Ron. This latest batch of tunes sound as comfortable and lived-in as a favourite armchair - the result of an assured, relaxed songwriter who has spent years honing his craft. Mitchell Froom's input can also not be overstated. The veteran producer has a way of bringing out the best in Sexsmith - 95's Ron Sexsmith and 98's Whereabouts are testament to that.
Stately opener 'Hands Of Time' endears itself immediately with one of those fittingly timeless melodies that Sexsmith is so effortlessly good at. It's a wonderful start and it suggests good things to come. And there are. 'Snow Angels' is an achingly poignant song about a dearly departed lover's imprints left in the snow. 'Never Give Up On You' is a pretty, clear-eyed ballad in which Sexsmith promises to stick by his lover through good times and bad. 'I Think Were Lost' conversely, finds two lovers drifting apart from each other and, in turn, with the rest of the world. It too contains another naggingly good Sexsmith hook.
Another highlight is 'Jazz At The Bookstore (and Blues At The Coffeeshop)' which, among other things, looks at the commodification of popular culture. Right from the opening line "Leadbelly's in the background being drowned out by the grind.." you're left in no doubt as to Sexsmith's feelings on this issue. ( Oh, to be a 'sound-architect' for Starbucks). More than anything, the message that comes through loud and clear in all of these 12 songs is to live life firmly in the present.
I could write page upon page trying to get to the bottom of why I love Ron Sexsmith's music so much and probably not get any closer to finding a clear, concise reason. When it comes down to it, quite simply, I just love his songs - and the ones on Time Being are no exception.