zaterdag 20 mei 2017

The Last Rider. Ron Sexsmith

With 'Carousel One' Ron Sexsmith had entered my musical life. Better late than never it seemed. I just loved that record and now there's a new one already. The Last Rider is not such a big surprise, but certainly as good, pleasant and soothing as 'Carousel One'.

With 'Americana', Ray Davies' new album released last month, I am even pointed more to the commonalities between Ron Sexsmith's songs and Davies'. Say 'Don't Forget To Dance' and I have the starting point for The Last Rider. Beware, I don't mind the commonality at all. 'Don't Forget To Dance', a single by The Kinks from 1981, is a sweet song, full of nostalgia for a time long gone, reminding us not to forget to do now what we loved then.

It is this atmosphere Ron Sexsmith recalls with the music on The Last Rider. Another denominator could be the quest for the perfect popsong. It is a giant surprise when a song all of a sudden goes wild, like the outro of 'Breakfast Ethereal'. Where do all these instruments all of sudden come from?

Usually it seems a song is a vehicle to sing a beautiful melody. His sweet voice as a given, Sexsmith sings free-flowing melodies about love and feeling loved and maintaining that state through life. "These songs were hiding behind the door. I had nobody to sing them for. Till you came along". This lyric from 'Worried Song' tells it all in my perception. Love unlocking the most beautiful songs. Against all proof Ron Sexsmith shows the world that love is a far stronger muse than deep and dark depressions or misery. When searching for the holy grail of a perfect popsong that is.

This truly sums up The Last Rider. There is nothing else to tell. If you want to find beauty in music, how a musician and songwriter can capture just that in notes and melodies in the vocal delivery, The Last Rider is a must. Like the song below. If you don't get it, well what could I say then? Yes, it is sentimental, but that is the whole point, isn't it? It seems that with every spin of The Last Rider I like it better. It's time to start listening to older work of Ron Sexsmith.


You can listen to 'Who We Are Right Now' here:

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