Retriever - Ron Sexsmith
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  • Summary: Martin Terefe returns as producer for this sixth LP from the Canadian singer-songwriter, which includes appearances by Ed Harcourt and members of Travis.
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 15
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  1. While Sexsmith's music once seemed both too precise and too remote, on Retriever, he brings a subtle urgency to a set of songs that could double as proverbs.
  2. [A] very wonderful, very adult set.
  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.
  4. 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.
  5. The same indefatigable hopefulness that sets Sexsmith apart also makes Retriever a bit tiresome.
  6. Sexsmith is incapable of dishonesty, insincerity or cliché in his writing or performance, but none of these melodies soar and the lyrics reveal nothing new for him.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
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  1. EnzoP
    Apr 5, 2004
    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. Expand
  2. matta
    Jul 13, 2005
    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.
  3. jnnym
    Apr 6, 2004
    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
    Sweet voice, beautiful melodies, great lyrics, well produced, ed harcourt on piano, daniel lanois word: masterpiece....any of its 12 songs are potential bright and ashtonishing singles Collapse
  5. kikthae
    Dec 13, 2004
    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.
  6. LawrenceP
    Apr 30, 2004
    Is this guy ever gonna make a bad record??? A wise man wouldn't put his money on it.
  7. JulioC
    May 2, 2004
    Ron Sexsmith never fails! Good example of good melodies.