Blue Boy - Ron Sexsmith
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  • Summary: Canadian singer-songwriter Ron Sexsmith returns with his fifth album, produced by Steve Earle and Ray Kennedy.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. The disc's gritter sound, courtesy of producer Steve Earle, is a perfect complement to Sexsmith's "Waterloo Sunset" croon... [6/8/2001, p.76]
  2. A very clear sounding Sexsmith singing in his Tim Hardin-quaver about the art of song, the loss of love and other intense philosophical insights that only a softspoken guy would concern himself with.
  3. 90
    Sexsmith doesn't succumb to a single false move or note. [#51, p.112]
  4. Longtime fans may be put off initially by the loose exuberance of "This Boy" and the bluesy goof "Not Too Big," let alone the ska-flavored fluke "Never Been Done," but even these atypical tracks play to Sexsmith's strengths.
  5. 80
    The loose arrangements nod to the American roots icons Sexsmith idealizes; there's tons of feel. [Aug 2001, p.139]
  6. Thanks to the hands of producers Steve Earle and Ray Kennedy, there's a bit more bounce in Sexsmith's rhythm section, and the less-burnished quality of their tracks tempers the formality of Sexsmith's Anglo musical roots.
  7. Enjoyable, but a gold star or two short of his 1997 masterpiece, Other Songs.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. JeffC.
    Jul 9, 2001
    Ranks right up there with his previous masterpieces!
  2. matta
    Jul 13, 2005
    incredible album. A great indication of where Ron was headed in giving us his next two classic albums. This one is nearly flawless as well.
  3. MikeT.
    Jul 11, 2001
    No action. Steve Earle's production almost sounds like a parody -- although of what, I can't be sure. MOR drivel.