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The Vivian Line

RON SEXSMITH

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It's not so much that Ron Sexsmith is underrated as just under-discovered. Although the Canadian singer-songwriter has duetted with Coldplay's Chris Martin, won a Juno award, been produced by Steve Earle and Mitchell Froom, and been covered by Elvis Costello, Emmylou Harris and Rod Stewart, he's never really broken through in the US in the way he should have. But if you know you know—and if you don't, it's not too late to dive into Sexsmith's 35-year catalog; The Vivian Line, his 18th album, is a great place to start. Picking up on a running theme in his career, there are clear nods to Ray Davies' more sentimental, tender moments ("Flower Boxes," the jaunty "Ever Wonder") as well as The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society: "Country Mile" evokes that Britpop touchstone with a knowingly twee melody and strings-forward instrumentation, as well as the idea of pastoral beauty being a trap. "We could sit on the fence until the cows come home/ But life's just passing by/ Doing our scarecrow dance beneath the great unknown/ All I'm asking is why," Sexsmith croons. "A Barn Conversion," meanwhile, is a smirking, jugband-ish lark about gentlemen farmers. Each honk and thump is crystalline; indeed, on the whole record, the mix is delightfully crisp. "What I Had in Mind" gently jangles as Sexsmith reckons with happily pursuing an artistic life when society expects conformity. ("Could never fall in line/ With the slave all day/ For minimum pay design.") Its sweet-sounding companion, "Outdated and Antiquated" also marches to the beat of its own drum, with Sexsmith accepting how he "can't seem to go with the flow, it don't make sense/ I don't fit in...But I'm relevant to myself." "This, That, And the Other Thing" stands out with world-beat breeziness. "Place Called Love" is stripped-down chamber pop. "Diamond Wave" is upbeat, optimistic ("The sun was hiding under heavy cloud … but any doubts and second thoughts are gone") and a little bit Jackson Browne. It all adds up to a pretty nice way to spend an afternoon. © Shelly Ridenour/Qobuz

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1
Place Called Love
00:02:39

RON SEXSMITH, MainArtist - BRAD JONES, Producer - Ronald Eldon Sexsmith, Composer - Ronboy Rhymes Inc. / Sony/ATV (SOCAN), MusicPublisher

(C) 2023 Ronboy Rhymes under exclusive licence to Cooking Vinyl Limited (P) 2023 Ronboy Rhymes under exclusive licence to Cooking Vinyl Limited

2
What I Had in Mind
00:03:13

RON SEXSMITH, MainArtist - BRAD JONES, Producer - Ronald Eldon Sexsmith, Composer - Ronboy Rhymes Inc. / Sony/ATV (SOCAN), MusicPublisher

(C) 2023 Ronboy Rhymes under exclusive licence to Cooking Vinyl Limited (P) 2023 Ronboy Rhymes under exclusive licence to Cooking Vinyl Limited

3
Flower Boxes
00:02:25

RON SEXSMITH, MainArtist - BRAD JONES, Producer - Ronald Eldon Sexsmith, Composer - Ronboy Rhymes Inc. / Sony/ATV (SOCAN), MusicPublisher

(C) 2023 Ronboy Rhymes under exclusive licence to Cooking Vinyl Limited (P) 2023 Ronboy Rhymes under exclusive licence to Cooking Vinyl Limited

4
Outdated and Antiquated
00:03:08

RON SEXSMITH, MainArtist - BRAD JONES, Producer - Ronald Eldon Sexsmith, Composer - Ronboy Rhymes Inc. / Sony/ATV (SOCAN), MusicPublisher

(C) 2023 Ronboy Rhymes under exclusive licence to Cooking Vinyl Limited (P) 2023 Ronboy Rhymes under exclusive licence to Cooking Vinyl Limited

5
Diamond Wave
00:03:04

RON SEXSMITH, MainArtist - BRAD JONES, Producer - Ronald Eldon Sexsmith, Composer - Ronboy Rhymes Inc. / Sony/ATV (SOCAN), MusicPublisher

(C) 2023 Ronboy Rhymes under exclusive licence to Cooking Vinyl Limited (P) 2023 Ronboy Rhymes under exclusive licence to Cooking Vinyl Limited

6
Powder Blue
00:02:50

RON SEXSMITH, MainArtist - BRAD JONES, Producer - Ronald Eldon Sexsmith, Composer - Ronboy Rhymes Inc. / Sony/ATV (SOCAN), MusicPublisher

(C) 2023 Ronboy Rhymes under exclusive licence to Cooking Vinyl Limited (P) 2023 Ronboy Rhymes under exclusive licence to Cooking Vinyl Limited

7
One Bird Calling
00:02:15

RON SEXSMITH, MainArtist - BRAD JONES, Producer - Ronald Eldon Sexsmith, Composer - Ronboy Rhymes Inc. / Sony/ATV (SOCAN), MusicPublisher

(C) 2023 Ronboy Rhymes under exclusive licence to Cooking Vinyl Limited (P) 2023 Ronboy Rhymes under exclusive licence to Cooking Vinyl Limited

8
Country Mile
00:02:47

RON SEXSMITH, MainArtist - BRAD JONES, Producer - Ronald Eldon Sexsmith, Composer - Ronboy Rhymes Inc. / Sony/ATV (SOCAN), MusicPublisher

(C) 2023 Ronboy Rhymes under exclusive licence to Cooking Vinyl Limited (P) 2023 Ronboy Rhymes under exclusive licence to Cooking Vinyl Limited

9
This, That, And the Other Thing
00:02:12

RON SEXSMITH, MainArtist - BRAD JONES, Producer - Ronald Eldon Sexsmith, Composer - Ronboy Rhymes Inc. / Sony/ATV (SOCAN), MusicPublisher

(C) 2023 Ronboy Rhymes under exclusive licence to Cooking Vinyl Limited (P) 2023 Ronboy Rhymes under exclusive licence to Cooking Vinyl Limited

10
A Barn Conversion
00:02:12

RON SEXSMITH, MainArtist - BRAD JONES, Producer - Ronald Eldon Sexsmith, Composer - Ronboy Rhymes Inc. / Sony/ATV (SOCAN), MusicPublisher

(C) 2023 Ronboy Rhymes under exclusive licence to Cooking Vinyl Limited (P) 2023 Ronboy Rhymes under exclusive licence to Cooking Vinyl Limited

11
When Our Love Was New
00:03:17

RON SEXSMITH, MainArtist - BRAD JONES, Producer - Ronald Eldon Sexsmith, Composer - Ronboy Rhymes Inc. / Sony/ATV (SOCAN), MusicPublisher

(C) 2023 Ronboy Rhymes under exclusive licence to Cooking Vinyl Limited (P) 2023 Ronboy Rhymes under exclusive licence to Cooking Vinyl Limited

12
Ever Wonder
00:03:08

RON SEXSMITH, MainArtist - BRAD JONES, Producer - Ronald Eldon Sexsmith, Composer - Ronboy Rhymes Inc. / Sony/ATV (SOCAN), MusicPublisher

(C) 2023 Ronboy Rhymes under exclusive licence to Cooking Vinyl Limited (P) 2023 Ronboy Rhymes under exclusive licence to Cooking Vinyl Limited

Album review

It's not so much that Ron Sexsmith is underrated as just under-discovered. Although the Canadian singer-songwriter has duetted with Coldplay's Chris Martin, won a Juno award, been produced by Steve Earle and Mitchell Froom, and been covered by Elvis Costello, Emmylou Harris and Rod Stewart, he's never really broken through in the US in the way he should have. But if you know you know—and if you don't, it's not too late to dive into Sexsmith's 35-year catalog; The Vivian Line, his 18th album, is a great place to start. Picking up on a running theme in his career, there are clear nods to Ray Davies' more sentimental, tender moments ("Flower Boxes," the jaunty "Ever Wonder") as well as The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society: "Country Mile" evokes that Britpop touchstone with a knowingly twee melody and strings-forward instrumentation, as well as the idea of pastoral beauty being a trap. "We could sit on the fence until the cows come home/ But life's just passing by/ Doing our scarecrow dance beneath the great unknown/ All I'm asking is why," Sexsmith croons. "A Barn Conversion," meanwhile, is a smirking, jugband-ish lark about gentlemen farmers. Each honk and thump is crystalline; indeed, on the whole record, the mix is delightfully crisp. "What I Had in Mind" gently jangles as Sexsmith reckons with happily pursuing an artistic life when society expects conformity. ("Could never fall in line/ With the slave all day/ For minimum pay design.") Its sweet-sounding companion, "Outdated and Antiquated" also marches to the beat of its own drum, with Sexsmith accepting how he "can't seem to go with the flow, it don't make sense/ I don't fit in...But I'm relevant to myself." "This, That, And the Other Thing" stands out with world-beat breeziness. "Place Called Love" is stripped-down chamber pop. "Diamond Wave" is upbeat, optimistic ("The sun was hiding under heavy cloud … but any doubts and second thoughts are gone") and a little bit Jackson Browne. It all adds up to a pretty nice way to spend an afternoon. © Shelly Ridenour/Qobuz

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