With his perfectly spherical head and mop of ash coloured hair, Ron Sexsmith cuts an unlikely figure for one of pop/rock's most endearing singer songwriters. Always an artist who seems to appeal to other singer songwriters over people who actually buy records, Sexsmith has seemingly achieved the impossible and not sunk into obscurity. His new album takes its name from the luggage retrieval belt at Los Angeles airport where bags off Toronto inbound flights are delivered and contains sixteen new songs recorded with some top notch studio musicians.
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Ron Sexmith is one of those artists who is beloved of his contemporaries and peers but never really met with mass acceptance from a public which continues to struggle with weird looking people. He’s always good for a killer tune every third album and he duly delivers on lovely lilting opener ‘Sure as the Sky’ which is a charming Paul McCartney-ish ballad that suggests that amongst the horrible things that happen on a minutely basis, there’s still room for some nice music in the world.
My issues in the past with Sexsmith could be that he straddles with blandness and safe singer songwriter territory. It could be my advancing age but I’ve found all of the opening three tracks to be utterly gorgeous. He has a knack with a hook and although it’s mid-paced the melodies are immediately strong. You have to admire man who on his fourteenth album delivers an equal number of new songs (and two bonus ones). He never stops writing quality songs (maybe there’s something wrong with him?) and if he occasionally heads towards blandness this is going to sound great in the car CD player on a pleasant Sunday drive.
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