Exit Strategy Of The Soul

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  • Summary: The latest album for the Canadian singer-songwriter was produced by Martin Terefe.
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 12
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  1. Without pushing, Sexsmith lures listeners into a world filled with disappointments offset by the hope of a better tomorrow, even though there isn't a lot of common sense backing up that hope.
  2. The other brilliant move was producer Martin Terefe’s idea of going to Havana to dub on a Cuban brass section trying to fake Memphis Horns-style head riffs. They never get it quite right, but what they come up with works perfectly as a brightening counterbalance for Sexsmith’s darker inclinations.
  3. Exit Strategy finds Ron Sexsmith exploring his songwriting talent in new ways, crafting an instantly memorable album full of soulful, classic pop tunes.
  4. Exit Strategy of the Soul isn't just an experiment that succeeds, it's one of Sexsmith's strongest and most affecting works to date, and it's truly a pleasure to hear.
  5. 62
    Exit Strategy Of The Soul will serve as his most accesible release to date; simply from the craftman's decision to become rooted somewhere...anywhere. [Summer 2008, p.92]
  6. 60
    Sexsmith's mournful voice and lyrical skills, so admired by the likes of Elvis Costello and Neil Finn, detail a world of love and hopeful expectation. It all makes Exit Staretgy... an almost infinitely rich and subtle album. [Sep 2008, p.98]
  7. His Canadian burr has a welcoming fug to it, like a strong, warming whisky, and this collection of 14 soft, catchy soul songs of a 1970s vintage, pepped up with piano and brass, have moments that shake and swing. But when those moments subside, they resemble bits of dated aural wallpaper for a provincial hotel foyer.

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  1. CaleH.
    Jul 10, 2008
    9
    Besides retriever, this is his absolute best.
  2. DerS.
    Jul 10, 2008
    8
    It's Ron, baby! So it is, like all his other work, beautiful, moving and mellow. A more piano-based album than his previous work so as It's Ron, baby! So it is, like all his other work, beautiful, moving and mellow. A more piano-based album than his previous work so as an album seems quieter - more introspective. Collapse