Wednesday, December 15, 2010

pop*eye...Ron Sexsmith—Long Player Late Bloomer (2010)


Ron Sexsmith
Long Player Late Bloomer (2010)

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Almost a year ago, journeyman Toronto, ON songwriter Ron Sexsmith revealed that he had finished recording his latest album and that it would be out in 2010. The title, Long Player Late Bloomer, was revealed soon after, but the release date remained in limbo. Now, the songwriter has finally officially announced that the record will be out on March 1 via Warner.

The album was recorded with big-name producer Bob Rock, who is best known for recording hard rock bands like Metallica, Bon Jovi and Mötley Crüe. His collaboration with Sexsmith was recently featured in the documentary Love Shines, which premiered at the Vancouver International Film Festival last month. As his backing band, Sexsmith recruited an impressive cast that includes guitarist Rusty Anderson (Paul McCartney), bassist Paul Bushnell (Elton John), keyboardist Jamie Edwards (Aimee Mann) and drummer Josh Freese (Devo, Nine Inch Nails).

Like the film, the album's first single is called "Love Shines." It will be be available to download on iTunes starting November 9. You can stream it now over at Sexsmith's official site.

Back in February, Sexsmith told the Calgary Sun, "I don't sound like a fish out of water or anything, but it's definitely a little more polished than my other albums. I've put a lot of work into these songs; they're some of the best songs I've ever written."
New York, NY (Top40 Charts/ Shore Fire Media) Widely respected and Juno award-winning singer-songwriter Ron Sexsmith will release his album 'Long Player Late Bloomer' on Ronboy Rhymes March 1. 'Long Player Late Bloomer' features 12 crisp new songs penned by Sexsmith, produced by Bob Rock (Metallica, Motley Crue, The Cult). A number of the songs were written during a stay in New Mexico, on a rented guitar that Ron fell in love with. A documentary film about Ron's life and the making of 'Long Player Late Bloomer' called 'Love Shines' will also be released in 2011.

Songs like "Get In Line," "The Reason Why" and "Late Bloomer" capture Sexsmith at his best.Melodies effortlessly glide with his velvety croon, embedded in the troubadour's expertly crafted lyrics. "I'm late bloomer and I'm a slow learner/And I've turned the record over/ I'm a long player / My song is my savior / I've got to raise it up / As far as my spirit can reach," he sings on "Late Bloomer," a sampling of Sexsmith's densely layered poetics.

Sexsmith's dynamic set of songs, from the melancholy to the revved-up, unfurl with glistening guitars and a bold rhythm section. "Musically, this record sounds upbeat...but there is a darkness there," he says.

Musicians on the album include guitarist Rusty Anderson (Paul McCartney), bassist Paul Bushnell (Elton John, No Doubt), keyboard player Jamie Edwards (Aimee Mann) and drummer Josh Freese (Devo, Nine Inch Nails). It was recorded at Sage and Sound Recording (Hollywood), The Orange Lounge (Toronto) and The Warehouse Studio (Vancouver).

The shy genius that is Ron Sexsmith will release his new album Long Player Late Bloomer in the UK on February 28, 2011 on the Cooking Vinyl label.

Produced by Bob Rock (Metallica, Bon Jovi and Michael Bublé), Long Player Late Bloomer was recorded in Los Angeles, Toronto and Vancouver. The album features a star-studded cast of musicians, including guitarist Rusty Anderson (Paul McCartney), bassist Paul Bushnell (Elton John, No Doubt), keyboard player Jamie Edwards (Aimee Mann) and drummer Josh Freese (Devo, Nine Inch Nails). Long Player Late Bloomer is Ron’s eleventh studio album. It features 13 new Sexsmith penned songs. The full tracklisting is:

1. Get In Line

2. The Reason Why

3. Believe It When I See It

4. Miracles

5. No Help At All

6. Late Bloomer

7. Heavenly

8. Michael And His Dad

9. Middle Of Love

10. Everytime I Follow

11. Eye Candy

12. Love Shines

13. Nowadays

Ron Sexsmith fans can get their first taste of the album on his website where the song Love Shines is streaming.

The recording of Long Player Late Bloomer is commited to celluloid in the documentary Love Shines, directed by Douglas Arrowsmith. The movie, which premiered to rave reviews at the Vancouver International Film Festival in October 2010, is an intimate portrait of Ron as a songwriter and includes interviews with Steve Earle, Elvis Costello, Feist and Daniel Lanois. The film will be broadcast in the UK in the spring.

Ron Sexsmith is planning an extensive tour of North America and Europe in the spring of 2011. More details will be released in the coming months.

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Collection that's perfect for 2010
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All about
Ron Sexsmith

Ronald Eldon (Ron) Sexsmith (born 1964) is a Canadian singer-songwriter from St. Catharines, Ontario, currently based in Toronto. He is known as a songwriter’s songwriter, with a gift for melody, insightful and understated lyrics, and an expressive, affecting voice. Sexsmith started his first band at 14. After moving to Toronto he formed the Uncool and released his cassette Out of the Duff, and a year later, There’s a Way. Meanwhile, he worked as a courier, and released Grand Opera Lane in 1991. On the strength of this album he earned a contract which led to the self-titled album Ron Sexsmith of 1995. Between 1997 and 2001, Sexsmith released three more albums before the acclaimed Cobblestone Runway in 2002. 2004’s album, Retriever, a more -oriented album than those before, is dedicated to Elliott Smith and Johnny Cash. In 2004 he was invited by Grammy-Award-Winner Bill Frisell to perform at the German RuhrTriennale in the renowned concert series Century of Song together with songwriter Jesse Harris. In 2005, he released a collection of songs recorded with drummer Don Kerr during the production of Retriever, called Destination Unknown. The same year, he also won a Juno Award for songwriter of the year, for the song “Whatever It Takes”. His first five albums are generally melancholic - with simple, elegant melodies, accentuated use of guitars and economic application of other instruments. On his sixth album, Cobblestone Runway, producer Martin Terefe changed the style to include a more lavish use of synthesizers. Retriever is considered his most “poppy” album. With Time Being, however, he has proven that he hasn’t forgotten his roots as a folky singer-songwriter.Top songs are Secret Heart (well covered by Feist) and Strawberry Blonde(sublime economic evocative narrative lyrics). Time Being was released in 2006 and he’s since releasedExit Strategy For The Soul in 2008. For photographs and additional information visit Ron Sexsmith’s website,


Elton John once said...
'that he has the voice of an angel'

"One of my favorite
Pop Artist all times!"


“The shy genius that
is Ron Sexsmith!”

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