RON SEX­SMITH For­ever En­deav­our

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - TONY CLAY­TON-LEA Down­load: Snake Road, Lost in Thought and Me, My­self

Cook­ing Vinyl When talk of Ron Sex­smith’s song­writ­ing skills crops up, there are, quite sim­ply, only vary­ing lev­els of ex­cel­lence to dis­cuss. His Long Player Late Bloomer (2011) is the best al­bum Paul McCart­ney at his most tal­ented never wrote, so the in­evitable ques­tion arises: what comes next? Well, For­ever En­deav­our is good but it’s no clas­sic – not even close. In­deed, it pains to write that it’s one of Sex­smith’s weak­est al­bums. Even so, tracks such as Snake Road, Lost in Thought and Me, My­self and Wine con­tinue to hit home, re­fus­ing to budge on their sub­jects of in­fi­delity, emo­tional de­spair and on-the-road lone­li­ness. Even on a down day, Sex­smith has an in­tu­itive knack of ris­ing to the oc­ca­sion. ron­sex­

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