Song of the Day #3,430: ‘Evergreen’ – Ron Sexsmith

Yesterday’s featured artist, Beck, has never made two albums that sound alike. Today’s has never made two that sound different.

If you played songs from all of Ron Sexsmith’s 14 albums on random (and I’ve done this), you would have a hard time differentiating the tunes on his 1991 debut from those on this year’s The Last Rider, let alone the dozen in between.

In the past I’ve alluded to that consistency of sound and quality with mild criticism. But today I’m going the other way, praising Sexsmith for his unwavering greatness.

Imagine streaming more than 180 songs from any artist and never hitting a bad one. That’s the feat Sexsmith has managed over 26 years. I don’t know if I can name anybody else who has been that reliably excellent over that many albums and years.

The Last Rider continues the streak. Recording with his longtime touring band for the first time, Sexsmith delivers 15 satisfying pop songs that, as always, evoke Paul McCartney at his most endearing.

If you’re a fan of smart, smooth singer-songwriter pop and don’t know Sexsmith, I encourage you to pick up The Last Rider. Or anything else he’s ever recorded. You’ll love it — I give you the Meet Me In Montauk guarantee.

Evergreen our love
Evergreen our love will last
‘Til the end of time
Evergreen our love
Never need my love to ask
You’re a friend of mine

All these changes
Will never change us
We’ll be just you and I
For time won’t interfere
Long as you and I are near
We’ll always be
Evergreen

Bittersweet our love
Bittersweet our love will taste
Like a vintage wine
Bittersweet our love
Never leave one drop to waste
‘Til the end of time

All these changes
Won’t make us strangers
We’ll just be you and I
For time will make us see
In our hearts we’ll always be
Forever green
Evergreen

Like a vintage wine

Evergreen our love
Never need my love to ask
You’re a friend of mine

All these changes
Will never change us
We’ll be just you and I
For time won’t interfere
Long as you and I are near
We’ll always be
Evergreen

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,430: ‘Evergreen’ – Ron Sexsmith

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    I’ve knocked Sexsmith in the past as well for the redundancy in his sound, but I agree that it’s a pleasing sound nonetheless.

  2. Rob says:

    I have every release in my collection. I’ve seen him twice … he is a Canadian treasure to be sure. And when I told him this he blushed and looked away. A more unassuming pop star you will never meet.

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