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?
Next up: Barenaked Ladies – All In Good Time