25. Barenaked Ladies – Barenaked Ladies Are Me

Barenaked Ladies - Barenaked Ladies Are Me

25. Barenaked Ladies – Barenaked Ladies Are Me (2006)

1. Adrift
2. Bank Job
3. Sound of Your Voice
4. Easy
5. Home
6. Bull in a China Shop
7. Everything Had Changed
8. Peterborough and the Kawarthas
9. Maybe You’re Right
10. Take It Back
11. Vanishing
12. Rule the World With Love
13. Wind It Up

Who is/are Barenaked Ladies?

I think I’ve covered this question by now… If you still don’t know; try here.

Why did you buy this album?

By this point, both my wife and I are confirmed fans, so we’re now buying each album they release. This, and the follow-up/second-half-of-a-potential-double-album, ‘Barenaked Ladies Are Men‘, were bought in quick succession.

What’s it like?

This is a great collection of mature pop songwriting. Where ‘Maroon‘ tried to go all serious, but came off as dull, ‘BLAM‘ carries it off well, without sacrificing the fun of earlier albums.

After listening to it now, do you (still) like this album?

I’ve not listened to this album much, probably because R.E.M.’s ‘…And I Feel Fine: The Best Of The I.R.S. Years 1982- 1987‘ came out at the same time.

Listening to it now, a lot of it sounds really familiar, mostly from hearing the some of these songs live on a number of occasions, but that doesn’t stop me from enjoying it. There’s the odd uninspiring moment (‘Bull In A China Shop‘ springs to mind), and I think closing track ‘Wind It Up‘ would work better as the opener, instead of ‘Adrift‘, which would work better as a closer.

Any stand-out tracks?

A couple. ‘Wind It Up‘ is great, but not in the right place on the album. ‘Bank Job‘ is also great, and contains the following lyrics; “We all had our ski masks / And sawed off shotguns / But how do you plan for / A bank full of nuns. / But I guess we panicked / We all have taboos / And they were like zebras / They had us confused.

Rating out of 10?

8/10.

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