29. Barenaked Ladies – All In Good Time

Barenaked Ladies - All In Good Time

29. Barenaked Ladies – All In Good Time (2010)

Who is/are Barenaked Ladies?

As of this album, Barenaked Ladies become a four-piece again, after the unfortunate, but seemingly unavoidable, departure of founding member Steven Page.

Why did you buy this album?

Again, it’s a purchase I made as a fan, buying for both my wife and I.

What’s it like?

After the kid-oriented ‘Snacktime!‘, this is back to business as usual for BNL, after a fashion. By the time this album was recorded, founder member and co-lead singer Steven Page had left the band to pursue a solo career, leaving the remaining four to continue as BNL.

As Page and guitarist Ed Robertson had previously shared lead vocal duties, the other members of the band step up to fill in the gap, with keyboardist Kevin Hearn taking three songs, bassist Jim Creeggan taking two, and drummer Tyler Stewart featuring on one.

Stylistically, there’s a slightly more commercial edge to the songs, with most being very radio-friendly. While Page’s absence is noticeable, the album doesn’t really suffer for his lack of contribution.

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

It’s grown on me. With the exception of ‘Every Subway Car‘ and ‘You Run Away‘, I wasn’t really keen on the album to start with, and it took me a while to appreciate the vocals of Hearn and Creeggan after being so used to Page.

Now, however, I do like it a lot more, though it’s not up to the standard of previous albums such as ‘Gordon‘ or ‘Stunt‘.

Better than ‘Maroon‘ though…

Any stand-out tracks?

Opener ‘You Run Away‘ is worth a listen, along with the later single ‘Every Subway Car‘. ‘Four Seconds‘ is also a stand-out, as is ‘I Have Learned‘.

Rating out of 10?

8/10. Not ‘Stunt‘ good, but not ‘Maroon‘ dull either…

Next up: Barenaked Ladies – Stop Us If You’ve Heard This One Before

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