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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
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  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. He’s defined not by what he loves, but by his doubts, and as a result, this album is far more interesting and complex than anything he’s done in years.
  3. 80
    The new LP gradually casts a powerful spell. [Aug 2008, p.106]
  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. Positive: 2 out of 2
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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 an album seems quieter - more introspective. Collapse