Blue Boy


Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Entertainment Weekly
    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. Magnet
    Sexsmith doesn't succumb to a single false move or note. [#51, p.112]
  3. 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.
  4. Sexsmith's gorgeous vocals and refined songwriting shine through.
  5. 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.
  6. Spin
    The loose arrangements nod to the American roots icons Sexsmith idealizes; there's tons of feel. [Aug 2001, p.139]
  7. There's more fun here than on Sexsmith's previous release, 1999's Whereabouts, and this is a definite step in the right direction.
  8. 70
    Sexsmith's most underrated asset is his most obvious: that voice. The way he slides into a line, pauses, and then delivers for maximum effect… No histrionics, just truth.
  9. 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.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. JeffC.
    Jul 9, 2001
    Ranks right up there with his previous masterpieces!