It’s a testament to Sexsmith’s artistry that he can lyrically delve into humanity-sized issues without relying on cliches or tripping into self-indulgent muck. Time Being explores mortality and death—Sexsmith admits to being affected by the loss of two childhood friends—in his trademark sincere style. Still, this is not gloom and doom: “Jazz at the Bookstore” playfully derides Starbucks’s easy-listening coffee culture and the catchy “Ship Of Fools” is filled with optimism. Twangy “Cold Hearted Wind” borrows from Johnny Cash and “The Grim Trucker” briefly slips into McCartney’s school of vaudevillian interludes, but in the end, it’s all Ron’s wonderful world.
—Sue Carter Flinn
Juno nominee (2006)