33. Barenaked Ladies – BNL Rocks Red Rocks (2016)
Who is/are Barenaked Ladies?
You know who they are by now! I’ve written 16 other album reviews on their material!
Oh, and this is the last one (although they are releasing a new album with The Persuasions in mid-April…)!
Why did you buy this album?
It’s BNL, live. It’s a new BNL album. There was no way I wasn’t buying this as a present for my wife.
What’s it like?
Good enough to stay in my wife’s car since she got it!
This is the first live album released since singer Steven Page left the band in 2009, and as such, makes for a different listening experience than previous live albums. Songs that were previously had Page’s lead vocals are now given over, to Ed Robertson, for the most part, with Kevin Hearn pitching in on ‘If I Had $1000000‘ and ‘One Week‘. Drummer Tyler Stewart also has lead vocals for the finale; ‘Drawing‘ and the Led Zeppelin cover ‘Rock and Roll‘.
There’s also a couple of guest appearances for the song ‘Who Can It Be Now?‘; the original artist Colin Hay (of Men at Work fame), and the Violent Femmes’ Blaise Garza. Both of these artists were supporting the band on this tour, and it’s great to hear them onstage, rather than as just a passing mention.
After listening to it now, do you (still) like this album?
This album is great! Not ‘Barenaked For The Holidays Tour Live‘ great, but great nonetheless. The set list is essentially the same as the set they played the last time my wife and I saw them (30/9/15 at the Manchester Ritz), barring a few exceptions. Having seen them once previously without Page, and being somewhat underwhelmed, hopes were not high for this concert, but it was brilliant, the band having fully adapted to being a four-piece.
Colin Hay supported them in Manchester too (we arrived just in time to hear him sing ‘Overkill‘, still one of my favourite songs), and also perform ‘Who Can It Be Now?‘, so having this on the album means that this is the closest we’ll get to hearing the gig again without it being the actual night’s recording.
Any stand-out tracks?
‘The Old Apartment‘ and ‘Brian Wilson‘ are something of a given. ‘Who Can It Be Now?‘ and ‘Rock and Roll‘ for the sheer novelty value. Oh, and ‘Big Bang Theory Theme‘, because there’s another 1 min 30 to that song that you’ll never hear on E4.
Notable mentions also go to ‘Duct Tape Heart‘, ‘Light Up My Room‘, and ‘One Week‘.
Rating out of 10?
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