Long Player Late Bloomer

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  • Summary: The Canadian singer-songwriter of the mid-'80s still achieves cult status success with his new album of silky-voiced, smooth-sounding melodic songs.
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  • Record Label: Thirty Tigers
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Alternative Singer/Songwriter
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Get in Line
Heavy clouds all hanging around And the sun refuses to shine If you're bent on bringing me back down Better get in line Something I said has got you... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Mojo
    Apr 6, 2011
    80
    Cherished Canuck crooner recruits Metallica's producer. [March 2011, p. 95]
  2. Mar 1, 2011
    80
    Sexsmith doesn't do anything on Long Player Late Bloomer that he hasn't done before, but this time out, he's had the right help in the studio to make an album that will sound as good to casual observers as his dedicated fans, and that's what sets this apart: if you've ever wanted to introduce yourself to the work of one of the finest songwriters in North America, Long Player Late Bloomer is just the album to get.
  3. Mar 2, 2011
    80
    Sexsmith's music just gets better, and his 12th album actually sounds eerily close to a classic Costello.
  4. Mar 7, 2011
    60
    On his previous albums, Sexsmith's choices of producers haven't always played to his strengths, but Rock's light hand makes Long Player Late Bloomer the best sounding record in Sexsmith's extensive catalogue.
  5. Q Magazine
    May 2, 2011
    60
    There's nothing here to suggest either a problem with what he's doing--Heavenly is as heavenly as its title suggests; Middle of Love shows how friendly Sexsmith can be; and the jaunty-sounding Eye Candy is covertly acerbic as they come--or that things will turn around for him. [Apr 2011, p.109]
  6. Mar 11, 2011
    60
    Some say great art comes from suffering. I'd like to think that wasn't necessarily true. But in Sexsmith's case, his music was much more interesting when he was unhappy.
  7. Mar 17, 2011
    50
    The master pop craftsman can still play it like Elliott Smith's hopeful counter, and when producer Bob Rock pulls the right sounds together, it's golden.

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