Forever Endeavour


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
    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
    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
    It’s an album whose ingenuous, often nakedly honest songwriting offers an emotional fist gloved in arrangements of seductive velvet.
  5. Q Magazine
    Feb 8, 2013
    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. Mojo
    Feb 6, 2013
    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. Uncut
    Feb 5, 2013
    A delicate, moving album. [Mar 2013, p.80]
  8. Feb 5, 2013
    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
    Forever Endeavour is indeed a humble record, but as with its touchstones, the album's power lies in its simplicity.
  12. Feb 5, 2013
    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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