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rnrnThe debut release by this Canadian duo could easily have been billed as the latest from Ron Sexsmith, who writes all the material here and sings all the leads. Yet the harmonies of producer Don Kerr, a frequent Sexsmith sideman, are more than background vocals, as the two strive for a brotherly blend reminiscent of the Everlys and the Louvins. The arrangements are largely acoustic, the melodies often folkish, from the mandolin-driven "Listen" that opens the CD through the country strains of "Reacquainted." Poppier fare such as the dreamy "Chasing Forever" and "Counting on Time" pay homage to the brothers Davies of the Kinks, whose reveries of sunny days and village greens find kindred spirits here. Few can match Sexsmith for melancholy, and the lovesick "Only Me" reflects his bittersweet best. rnrnDestination Unknown is a seriously stunning release, offering a welcome 21st century answer to the Everly Brothers. Together, with Ron’s band, the two have toured the world, sharing the stage with the likes of Coldplay and Elvis Costello, who along with Paul McCartney and many others, count themselves among Ron’s fans. Sexsmith & Kerr’s camaraderie is showcased with the lilting, gorgeous harmonies of Destination Unknown. rnrn- amazon.comrnrn
rnrnFor a songwriter who is so closely in touch with the gentle and childlike side of his musical nature, Ron Sexsmith has always swung pretty hard with the pop stick, mining his songs for all their hooks in the studio, and while there\'s no arguing that Sexsmith has a great way with a melody, it seems just a bit surprising that it\'s taken him 14 years after the release of his debut to cut an acoustic album. Destination Unknown was recorded as a collaborative project with Don Kerr, who has played drums and cello with Sexsmith\'s road band for years, and the performances are largely centered on their harmonies, with Kerr\'s supportive tenor dovetailing nicely with Ron\'s leads. And while this isn\'t billed as an "unplugged" set, the arrangements are dominated by acoustic instruments and have the casual, unforced feel of a back porch guitar pull. Like many of Sexsmith\'s best albums, the surfaces of Destination Unknown are modest enough that they nearly obscure just how strong the craft really is; while there isn\'t much fuss in the arrangements on these sessions, what\'s here is balanced with commendable skill, the picking is expert, and the presence of occasional glossy moments such as the string section on "Chasing Forever" suggest this album\'s low-key approach was guided by aesthetics as much as budget or convenience. And Sexsmith has rarely sounded more comfortable or compelling as a vocalist; these 13 songs are beautifully cast in his own special mold, and he brings them to rich life on these recordings with Kerr\'s harmonies adding an invaluable assist. Destination Unknown is one of Ron Sexsmith\'s most straightforward and unadorned albums, and it also happens to be one of his best. rnrn4 Starsrnrn- allmusicguide.comrnrnrnrnrnArtist: Sexsmith & KerrrnAlbum: Destination UnknownrnDate Of Release: September 6, 2005rnGenre: Singer SongwriterrnBitrate: VBR --alt-preset extreme