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
    10
    Ranks right up there with his previous masterpieces!
  2. matta
    Jul 13, 2005
    9
    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
    4
    No action. Steve Earle's production almost sounds like a parody -- although of what, I can't be sure. MOR drivel.