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Ron Sexsmith
Retriever (Nettwerk)

By: Alex Steininger

On his seventh full-length, Retriever, Canadian-based singer-songwriter Ron Sexsmith delivers a laid-back, subtle record of swooning pop beauty. Rooted heavily in his love of all things 60s pop, the obvious Beatles influences are here (being the easiest pop reference), but, as usual, Sexsmith adds his own touch, sounding comfortable and at ease, looking at life as he is living (and loving it), delivering strong songwriting around his cozy, warm voice. Rich and full of knowledge, he sounds like a young version of your grandfather, sitting you down on his lap as he tells you about life from his perspective. More reserved than jangle-y, but still flush with undeniable hooks and sparkling melodies, Sexsmith captures a timeless sound while fitting in with modern popsmiths of his caliber, creating a gem that doesn't shove down your throat the hooks or sugar coat them, but makes them readily available. I'll give it an A-.
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