28. Barenaked Ladies – Snacktime!

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28. Barenaked Ladies – Snacktime! (2008)

Who is/are Barenaked Ladies?

I think you should know by now…

Why did you buy this album?

We’re fans. It was new material.

What’s it like?

Now this is something different. ‘Snacktime!‘ is an album for kids, along the lines of They Might Be Giants ‘Here Comes…‘ series, though less obviously educational in tone.

Most of the songs are under 2 minutes, meaning the sillier songs don’t outstay their welcome, and they cover topics as diverse as ninjas (‘The Ninjas‘), the senses (‘Food Party‘), depression (‘Bad Day‘), and unusual spellings (‘Crazy ABC’s‘).

It’s simultaneously the most BNL album they’ve made, whilst at the same time being the least like anything else they’ve done…

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

Most of this album is fantastic, and with songs as short as most of these, you don’t need to worry if you come across one you don’t like, as the next one will be along shortly.

My enjoyment of this album only increases when our eldest son asks “Is this the one with the ninjas? Yay!”, and sings along with ‘7 8 9‘…

Any stand-out tracks?

With 24 tracks, there’s a lot to choose from, and my favourites tend to depend on my mood. At the moment, the stand-outs are ‘The Ninjas‘, ‘Crazy ABC’s‘, ‘Drawing‘, and ‘Here Come The Geese‘.

An honourable mention must also go to ‘The Canadian Snacktime Trilogy I: Snacktime‘ principally for having guest appearances by Geddy Lee (Rush), Jason Priestley, Sarah McLachlan, Gord Downie (The Tragically Hip), ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic, Gordon Lightfoot, and Janeane Garofalo, among others, all sharing their favourites snacks.

Rating out of 10?

9/10.

Next up: Barenaked Ladies – All In Good Time

27. Barenaked Ladies – Talk To The Hand: Live In Michigan

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27. Barenaked Ladies – Talk To The Hand: Live In Michigan (2007)

Who is/are Barenaked Ladies?

As I’ve spent the last few posts not providing any information, here’s some that won’t involve you leaving this page for an outside source…

When this album was made,  they were a quintet made up of Steven Page (vocals), Ed Robertson (vocals/guitars), Kevin Hearn (vocals/keyboards/guitars), Jim Creeggan (vocals/bass/guitar), and Tyler Stewart (vocals/drums).

More later…

Why did you buy this album?

As we’ve established by now, my wife and I are fans of BNL, so we’ll buy every new release.

What’s it like?

Another live album! This time, an edited release, similar to ‘Rock Spectacle‘, rather than the full live show on ‘Barenaked For The Holidays Tour Live‘. On the plus side, this means it’s condensed onto one CD. On the other hand, it’s not a full gig…

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

It’s good, as it’s BNL live. It’s nice to have the adlibs in this time, unlike ‘Rock Spectacle‘, and there are interesting variations in the older songs.

As with ‘…Are Me‘, and ‘…Are Men‘, I’ve tended to pass this one by for the earlier or later albums. After listening again, I’m not sure why. It won’t replace ‘Barenaked For The Holidays Tour Live‘ as the BNL live album of choice, but it’s likely to get a fair bit more play from now own.

Any stand-out tracks?

This album opens with ‘One Week‘, given a new arrangement that add a bit of interest to an old song. ‘The Old Apartment‘ and ‘Brian Wilson‘ appear again, and will always get love, and newer songs ‘Bank Job‘ and ‘Wind It Up‘ are definitely worth a listen.

Rating out of 10?

8/10. A fairly consistent run of scores…

Next up: Barenaked Ladies – Snacktime!

26. Barenaked Ladies – Barenaked Ladies Are Men

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26. Barenaked Ladies – Barenaked Ladies Are Men (2007)

Who is/are Barenaked Ladies?

Covered in previous posts. If you’re not willing to go back, try searching Google for ‘Barenaked Ladies‘.

Make sure you spell it correctly…

Why did you buy this album?

It’s the second half of the sessions that produced ‘Barenaked Ladies Are Me‘. As BNL fans, we couldn’t not buy it…

What’s it like?

As it comes from the same writing and recording sessions as ‘Barenaked Ladies Are Me‘, it’s a continuation of the solid, mature pop songwriting found there.

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

Less than ‘…Are Me‘. Some of the songs on here feel like they weren’t included on the previous album for good reason, and I’ve struggled to get through this on occasion. Fortunately, there are enough good songs to offset the odd duff track.

One day I may try listen to both this and ‘…Are Me‘ as a double album, as it was later released this way, and may well work better.

Any stand-out tracks?

Opener ‘Serendipity‘ is nice, though doesn’t necessarily sit well as the opener. ‘Angry People‘ is fun too, and ‘Running Out Of Ink‘ and ‘Fun & Games‘ are growing on me.

Rating out of 10?

8/10. It is a continuation of ‘…Are Me‘ after all…

Next up: Barenaked Ladies – Talk To The Hand – Live In Michigan

25. Barenaked Ladies – Barenaked Ladies Are Me

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

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.

Next up: Barenaked Ladies – Barenaked Ladies Are Men

24. Barenaked Ladies – Barenaked For The Holidays Tour Live

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24. Barenaked Ladies – Barenaked For The Holidays Tour Live (2004)

Who is/are Barenaked Ladies?

If you don’t know by now, you’re not really keeping up with this blog…

Why did you buy this album?

Ah ha. Something special here. This album is a recording of the first Barenaked Ladies gig I saw, in Liverpool. We enjoyed the gig so much, we downloaded it from their website almost as soon as we got back, and burnt it to CD so we could listen to it in the car.

I think it’s been on every Christmastime car journey ever since…

What’s it like?

Live! Unlike the earlier ‘Rock Spectacle‘, ‘Barenaked For The Holidays…‘ is a complete concert, with the only edit being where to separate the concert to go across two CDs.

This means it includes the interaction with the audience, the camaraderie between the band, slightly iffy moments (such as singer Steven Page singing the wrong line in ‘If I Had $1000000‘), and some brilliant improvised moments, including a song/rap about a particularly violent Liverpudlian man singer/guitarist Ed Robertson saw in the city…

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

I do. Not only is it a fantastic live album in its own right, it’s made all the better by the fact that we were there! Each time I hear it, I’m taken back to Liverpool, watching Steven Page run around the stage during ‘Shopping‘, and take over from Tyler Stewart on drums for ‘Feliz Navidad‘ without dropping a beat, or all five of them playing ‘Roundabout‘ by Yes even though two of them weren’t on their principal instruments, or… or…

Any stand-out tracks?

The usual suspects ‘Brian Wilson‘ and ‘The Old Apartment‘, obviously, with honourable mentions going to ‘Jingle Bells‘, ‘I Saw Three Ships‘, and ‘Call and Answer‘.

Rating out of 10?

10/10.

Next up: Barenaked Ladies – Barenaked Ladies Are Me

23. Barenaked Ladies – Everything To Everyone

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23. Barenaked Ladies – Everything To Everyone (2003)

Who is/are Barenaked Ladies?

Seriously?

Why did you buy this album?

We think this is the first BNL album I bought my wife…

Given that we got married the year this came out, that sounds likely enough.

What’s it like?

After the disappointing ‘Maroon‘, this is something of a return to form, though not quite reaching the heights of ‘Stunt‘.

It’s the longest album to date too, with bonus acoustic tracks on the version we own extending it even more. It doesn’t feel that long though.

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

I actually like this album more now than I did when I first heard it. Admittedly, part of this may be down to familiarity, but I was pleasantly surprised when listening to this again.

I’m still not a fan of the opening track (‘Celebrity‘) though, and I can live without the closing ‘Have You Seen My Love?‘ too.

Any stand-out tracks?

Maybe Katie‘, ‘Testing 1, 2, 3‘ and ‘Another Postcard‘ always spring to mind, and with this re-visit, I’ve really enjoyed ‘Aluminum‘ and ‘Second Best‘.

Rating out of 10?

8/10.

Next up: Barenaked Ladies – Barenaked For The Holidays Tour Live

22. Barenaked Ladies – Maroon

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22. Barenaked Ladies – Maroon (2000)

Who is/are Barenaked Ladies?

Really. If you don’t know by now, check here.

Why did you buy this album?

Another from my wife’s collection. We’ve reached the “I’m-a-fan-so-I’ll-get-each-album’ stage…

What’s it like?

After the huge success of ‘Stunt‘, BNL were gaining a reputation as a jokey, almost comedy band. As such, they decided to make a more mature and sophisticated album, and ‘Maroon‘ is it.

There’s still the same clever lyrics and narrative songs, but it seems like a lot of the wit displayed on the previous albums is missing.

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

I do, and I don’t. On the one hand, it’s BNL, and I will never not like them. On the other hand, this album is pretty unremarkable. While musically they’ve improved, particularly noticeable in the production and arrangements, the fun of past albums seems to be lacking, even on the more up-tempo songs. Perhaps they were trying too hard to get away from ‘One Week‘…

Any stand-out tracks?

Two of the singles stand out for me, ‘Pinch Me‘ and ‘Falling For The First Time‘, otherwise I’d be hard pressed to name any of the others.

Rating out of 10?

7/10.

Next up: Barenaked Ladies – Everything To Everyone