Ron Sexsmith – Forever Endeavour (Warner Music Canada)

sexsmithAfter the relatively straightforward pop approach of his last record, Canadian songwriting treasure Ron Sexsmith opts for elegance on Forever Endeavour. Teaming up with producer Mitchell Froom for the first time in years, mortality is on Sexsmith’s mind. This collection of songs from Sexsmith is downright gorgeous, flushed out with lush string arrangements to help complement his melancholic folk-oriented songwriting. On Sneak Out The Back Door, Sexsmith’s songwriting recalls the genius of Paul Simon, displaying a playfulness that helps to break the otherwise serious nature of many of these songs.