RON SEX­SMITH

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The Last Rider ★★

Cook­ing Vinyl By this point, it doesn’t re­ally mat­ter if the new Ron Sex­smith record is a poor one, be­cause you can be fairly cer­tain the next – or even the one af­ter – will be much bet­ter. That’s the trou­ble with be­ing pro­lific – al­though it is clearly sec­ond na­ture to the Cana­dian to write short, melodic songs that en­cap­su­late his cur­rent thoughts on what’s hap­pen­ing in his world, there’s a qual­ity fil­ter that isn’t as finely tuned as the lis­tener hopes it might be. Sex­smith’s 14th al­bum, how­ever, might just put a tem­po­rary stop to his gal­lop (hence the ti­tle, per­haps), as his de­but novel awaits pub­li­ca­tion. Fans of sweet, wist­ful and ca­su­ally tune­ful songs will find much to like here, but long­stand­ing Sex­smith fans will miss the six to nine killer tracks he is usu­ally so adept at de­liv­er­ing. rons­e­smith.com

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