• Record Label: Nettwerk
  • Release Date: Apr 6, 2004
User Score
9.1

Universal acclaim- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 0 out of 9

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  1. EnzoP
    Apr 5, 2004
    10
    The best Sexsmith album since 1997's 'OTHER SONGS', 'RETRIEVER' boasts some of his most memorable tracks to date. The melodic closing track, ?I Know it Well? pays homage to some of his earlier work while leaving you yearning for more.
  2. LawrenceP
    Apr 30, 2004
    9
    Is this guy ever gonna make a bad record??? A wise man wouldn't put his money on it.
  3. jnnym
    Apr 6, 2004
    10
    Oh yeah! Highly reccomended! If you get a chance to see this guy on his upcoming tour, check him out!
  4. javierm
    Apr 10, 2004
    10
    Sweet voice, beautiful melodies, great lyrics, well produced, ed harcourt on piano, daniel lanois photography...one word: masterpiece....any of its 12 songs are potential bright and ashtonishing singles
  5. JulioC
    May 2, 2004
    9
    Ron Sexsmith never fails! Good example of good melodies.
  6. matta
    Jul 13, 2005
    10
    Ron Sexsmith is a musical genius and this very well could be his best album yet. Twelve totally flawless, beautiful gems. The best album of the year.
  7. kikthae
    Dec 13, 2004
    10
    Genius Songsmith. Retriever is exceptional. Ron is at the top of his game, and that is saying something for a guy who rarely dips below inspiring.
Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Paired with his ever-fertile tunesmithery, ether-plucked choruses, and airwave melodies, singer and song beget a pop ball worth fetching again and again on Retriever.
  2. 80
    The genius of Sexsmith’s seventh and best work is the way he surrounds (or, depending on your perspective, atones for) the empathy overload with deftly assimilated, gloriously ascendant pop hookcraft.
  3. It contains all the things that you, no doubt, love about Sexsmith already: A sort of wistful but reassuring melancholy, beautifully simple arrangements, strong lyricism, and Sexsmith's trademark Kermit-like vocals.