Given how Mixtape can be such a mélange of musical prowess, its overall united feeling comes from a singular place, and that place would be Sexton’s idiosyncratic tone and delivery. His voice wraps this package up nicely for delivery. Whether he’s handling the easygoing acoustic jam and should-be single “You (My Mind Is Woo)”, the soulful groove and jive of “Give It Up”, unceremoniously jazzy Americana of “Doin’ Something Right”, or the Motownesque doo-wop sounds of “Dandelion Days”, Sexton acts as a vocal chameleon, commanding the listener’s attention with his perfunctorily apt capabilities at the mic. He can deal a note as tenderly as well as he can with eager charisma, yet it never feels like he’s pushing himself past 11. Everything on Mixtape of the Open Road comes about as sweetly and fluidly as lemonade from a pitcher into a glass, and it’s all about as refreshing in that sense, too.
All in all, Mixtape of the Open Road comes as a hearty recommendation for anyone capable of celebrating music for all that it’s worth. Sexton whistles, croons, pines, roars, and beatboxes his way across 12 wildly individualized tracks, bringing them all together thanks to his own special voice driven by his strong sense of self. While not for the looking for something resoundingly “pop” — Sexton prides himself here with something beyond catchy modernity in lieu of providing something perceptibly better — it’s an organic piece of work developed from inspiration on the open road, Mixtape of the Open Road is as cohesive and dynamic as the road itself.