Forever Endeavour - Ron Sexsmith
Metascore
74

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Jun 4, 2013
    80
    What remains a constant is the warm murmur of the voice delivering tales from the heart with a literary confidence few in his field can match.
  2. Mar 25, 2013
    60
    Ultimately, Forever Endeavour is a slight piece of work but its modesty proves both charming and refreshing overall.
  3. 70
    Overall, though, the album is crisp and straightforward, making Forever Endeavor a big step toward Sexsmith gaining household-name status.
  4. Feb 12, 2013
    80
    It’s an album whose ingenuous, often nakedly honest songwriting offers an emotional fist gloved in arrangements of seductive velvet.
  5. Feb 8, 2013
    80
    The baroque embellishments of Nowhere To Go and Blind Eye are a perfect dressing for the emotions that created them. [Mar 2013, p.104]
  6. Feb 6, 2013
    60
    Even for Ron it makes for downbeat listening, but when it really comes together, such as Lost In Thought, his rock-bottom emotions truly reach for the stars. [Mar 2013, p.87]
  7. Feb 5, 2013
    70
    A delicate, moving album. [Mar 2013, p.80]
  8. Feb 5, 2013
    80
    Not a single note feels unplanned, yet every lick also comes across as completely natural.
  9. 80
    Ron Sexsmith writes with a similar emotional honesty to Mark Everett, but in a more classic style, akin to the moving simplicity of Tim Hardin.
  10. 80
    Musically we're in familiar folky, country territory, with long-time collaborator Mitchell Froom on production duties; the bluesy Snake Road and the ethereal string and French horn arrangement on Blind Eye are particularly good.
  11. Feb 5, 2013
    80
    Forever Endeavour is indeed a humble record, but as with its touchstones, the album's power lies in its simplicity.
  12. Feb 5, 2013
    80
    Highlights include the folky "Sneak Out the Back Door," the jaunty, joyous-sounding, and lovely "Blind Eye" (which sounds just a little bit like vintage Donovan without the hippy-dippy lyrics), and the oddly hopeful (for Sexsmith, anyway) "Life After a Broken Heart," although the whole album feels like a uniform meditation on aging, mortality, and the affirming wish to go forward in spite of what's been.
  13. 70
    Forever Endeavour may be as solid a record as he’s has ever made, but it’s also more of the same, a retrenching rather than an expansion of his capabilities.

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