Ron Sexsmith – Exit Strategy of the Soul

July 14, 2008

Thoroughly enjoyable new album from Toronto based singer/songwriter Ron Sexsmith finds him working with Cuban musicians Amaury Perez, Alexander Abreu and Joaquin Betancourt, expanding though not radically changing his easygoing folk rock sound. Consider their contributions more of an enhancement, as the string arrangements and horn sections are subtle and tasteful additions to his established sound. One track, “Brandy Alexander,” is a collaboration with Feist, which is a highlight as well. Lyrically, the songs are often topical in nature, though Sexsmith doesn’t take political stances so much as he offers up emotional, but still literate responses to a turbulent world climate. All in all, Exit Strategy of the Soul is top notch work from one of his generation’s most esteemed and accomplished songwriters. Standout cuts: “This Is How I Know,” “Ghost Of A Chance,” “Brandy Alexander” and “Impossible World.”


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