Time Being - Ron Sexsmith
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  • Summary: Mitchell Froom produced this eighth album for the Canadian singer-songwriter.
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 14
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  1. Sexsmith’s got a knack for melody, and Froom’s got a knack for bringing it out.
  2. Time is not quite his best album, but it offers lots of the usual low-key beauty. [19 Jan 2007, p.81]
  3. Thankfully, a Sexsmith misfire is a rare phenomenon, and the majority of this album is additional testament to his brilliance.
  4. If you haven't discovered him yet, there's no better time than "Time Being."
  5. 80
    That he is reunited with producer Mitchell Froom only partly accounts for the likeness this album shares with his '90s work. [Jun 2006, p.111]
  6. 70
    This doesn't disappoint. [Jun 2006, p.114]
  7. Time Being, as with his previous work, is laden with winning melodies and a poet's worldly insight.

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  1. Dazz
    Jul 1, 2006
    Anyone not knowing Sexsmith (there are many), need to know the following this guy has. He is certainly within the CD collection of all the best songwriters in the world. Google it if you doubt me. If he was not Canadian, one could belive he would be bigger and tainted with fame. Expand
  2. CoenV
    Jun 29, 2006
    Guaranteed to stick in your head all day long. Songs and melodies have a 'beatle-esk' quality and are instantly recognizable. Only minus (small one) is the weirdness of the lyrics here and there, but that won't stop you from singing long at the top of your voice happily! Expand
  3. BarnBoy
    Jun 29, 2006
    This is probably his most consistent and melodic album ever.
  4. matta
    Jul 11, 2006
    While this album is not as good as Sexsmith's last three albums (all of the ones here on metacritic), it is still a Ron Sexsmith album, and is, thus, full of catchy melodies and thoughtful lyrics. He's never put out a bad album and I really don't think that he ever will. If you've never heard of him, then I would start with Cobblestone Runway and Retriever, but this is also a fine place to start. Expand
  5. D
    Aug 3, 2006
    Ron Sexsmith's career thus far has been a mixed blessing. He has enjoyed praises from such luminaries as Paul McCartney & Elvis Costello, recorded with Chris Martin, been covered by Feist, and on and on. Ron has a knack for writing some very nice songs, consistantly. Very consistantly. Therin lies the problem. Time Being really cements what Retreiver hinted at; better to play it safe and give the people what they have come to expect than to alienate your base with something new. By new, I mean trying new things once in a while. Ron has such a gift for song that it is a shame seeing him do the same song a million different ways. Ron, I love your art, but please give me the unexpected once in a while. Expand