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Ron Sexsmith Forever!

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I am going to try very hard to avoid the usual lament with which Ron Sexsmith’s fans typically begin any discussion of the man and his work – you know, the lament that uses the word “underappreciated” (often modified by “criminally”).  I expect that Sexsmith himself is tired of hearing about how much more attention he deserves than he’s always received.  However, I won’t deny that by writing about a couple of his albums, I hope to draw a little more attention to one of pop music’s finest songwriters.

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Franti's In Love

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Franti’s latest work, All People, continues in the vein of The Sound of Sunshine. Like The Sound of Sunshine, All People is mostly positive and catchy as hell—and disorienting for those of us who were expecting “Yell Fire” and “Rock the Nation.”   As Franti matures his music appears to be less angry, less political, and more about love.  Now, isn’t that’s a nice way to age?

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Alice And The Theory Of Evolution

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I’m on record as believing that, in most cases, it’s best for a group to disband when a member dies.  Led Zeppelin did the right thing, I think, though The Who didn’t.  Sure, there are notable exceptions.  Take AC/DC, for instance.  They hit their commercial peak after Bon Scott’s death with new singer Brian Johnson.  Now, I still think of Johnson as “the new guy,” and for my money Highway to Hell easily trumps Back in Black as the group’s best album, but I do realize that I’m in the minority. 

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Uriah Heep: Still As Good As Ever

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OK, so “T-Bird Angel,” my favourite song on the latest Uriah Heep album, probably isn’t a great song.  I begin this review of an album I love by a band I love with that statement because I first wrote “’T-Bird Angel,’ my favourite song on the latest Uriah Heep album, is a great song,” and I realized on sober second thought that I no longer use “great” in that too-loose way.  However, it’s a really, really good song, and so are pretty well all the others on 2011’s Into the Wild.  This is the band that just won’t quit, the band that, since 1969, has put out dozens of records, all of them at least pretty good, most of them very good, and more than a few truly stunning.

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