by Ron Sexsmith
Released: Apr 1995
Many people first heard of this record when Elvis Costello appeared with it on the cover of Mojo, announcing the newest member of the Important Songwriter club. Costello's endorsement was well deserved; the Canadian singer and songwriter hit gold with his major label debut. Artfully written songs like "Summer Blowin' Town," "Lebanon, Tennessee" and "Words We Never Use" had few peers in the angsty '90s. The best stuff here comes when Sexsmith's plaintive vibrato finds a match with his keen wordplay. Mitchell Froom's unvarnished production makes Sexsmith's first one of his best.