Barenaked Ladies
All in Good Time


2.5
average

Review

by Mike Allen USER (107 Reviews)
March 31st, 2010 | 19 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A lackluster effort that is more likely to be featured on your mom’s easy listening playlist than on your end of year list.

If anything can be attributed to the Barenaked Ladies in the past, it was that they had personality. If you had listened to the band at all in youth, you can’t help but feel obligated to smile while thinking back to their work. If I Had a Million Dollars? One Week? Pinch Me? The Barenaked Ladies were f****** funny. Even if the band were to fall off the face of the earth (which they kind of already did) in the coming years, they would be forever remembered for the absolutely ridiculous lines in One Week, “I summon the fish to the dish, although I like Chalet Swiss,” being among them. Most significantly, the Barenaked Ladies never seemed to shun their role of being the comical group on the radio. They weren’t being laughed at after all, but were merely the facilitators of the joke. The band’s demeanor was soon followed by its fans; those willing to shower the band on stage with underwear to correspond with the lyrics of Pinch Me, and those doing the same with boxes of Kraft Mac ‘N’ Cheese in droll interpretation of If I Had a Million Dollars. Fast forwarding to 2010 however, the Barenaked Ladies stumbled upon the loss of vocalist Steve Page (due to personal reasons), which all but solidifies a successful lineup for “All in Good Time.” Page and Ed Robertson had developed a tremendous chemistry in the preceding years; sharing duties on lead vocals and both having an immense impact on the persona of the band. With this piece of the puzzle removed, the Barenaked Ladies opted to not roll over and die and to move on.

Unfortunately, by attempting to succeed post-Page, the Barenaked Ladies have done the very opposite. Rather than replacing Page, bassist Jim Creegan and guitarist/keyboardist Kevin Hearn were summoned for vocal obligations at various points in the record, although it is overly apparent that Robertson is running ship this time around. Creegan and Hearn are not anywhere near as effective as Page on vocals, but most significantly do not bring the quirkiness to the table as he did. “All in Good Time” is the Barenaked Ladies with their soul ripped out; ultimately lacking in the humor and personality that the band had been so proficient with. Lead single You Run Away is essentially what epitomizes the album. While melodic and soothing, You Run Away comes off as a generic ballad that is intended to be a tribute to the exited member. Although heartfelt, the single is evidence that the band is crying in the beer over the loss of Page, rather than laughing it off. Tracks such as Another Heartbreak and I Saw It are soon to follow suit, and while not terrible do not seem to have a great deal to offer fans that have received much more from the band in the past.

Even when the band isn’t attempting to be sincere or sentimental, they seem to fall short in recreating the comic relief that they had become notorious for. Four Seconds is a quirky track that fires blanks; nowhere near as effective as Barenaked Ladies classics One Week and The Old Apartment. Even eliminating the band’s previous work from consideration, Four Seconds does not seem to have enough to stand out on the record, and is just another mediocre song. “All in Good Time” does get in somewhat of a groove with tracks How Long, The Love We’re In, and Golden Boy, at the record’s tail end, for the latter is an infectious piece that is elevated by backing vocals and hand claps. Golden Boy is verification that the band is enjoying themselves to an extent, if only slightly.

In due course, the Barenaked Ladies are reeling with the departure of Steve Page; crawling towards their golden years, but ultimately getting halfway home. “All in Good Time” showcases a band that is unsure of where to turn next, but most extensively is missing a certain liveliness and humor that they are most prevalently associated with. The album as a whole is not in the least bit abysmal by any stretch of the imagination, but is rather bland and leaves a great deal to be desired. Page-era Barenaked Ladies has long since passed, even if he was with the band just this past year. The band should consider being remembered for albums such as “Gordon” and “Stunt,” rather than a group that failed to establish their footing after losing a member.

Recommended Tracks:
I Have Learned
How Long
Golden Boy
The Love We’re In



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EVedder27
March 31st 2010


6088 Comments


Counter review greatlakes?

ThePalestMexican
March 31st 2010


2816 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Agreed

Ponton
Emeritus
March 31st 2010


5819 Comments


:/ sorry for the bump down

liked one week back in the day, figured this might not be too good. Good stuff, man.

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AggravatedYeti
March 31st 2010


7685 Comments


Oh man 90s, I remember not being able to escape these guys.

EVedder27
March 31st 2010


6088 Comments


Thanks guys. Tis quite dissapointing although I didn't expect much.

BigHans
March 31st 2010


26454 Comments


I have a history of taking off my shirt.

bloc
March 31st 2010


35025 Comments


Damn I knew this would be no good.

AnotherBrick1
March 31st 2010


712 Comments


Damn I knew this would be no good.

EVedder27
March 31st 2010


6088 Comments


Pretty much.

bungy
March 31st 2010


8843 Comments


Damn I was afraid it would be average.

BigTuna
March 31st 2010


5161 Comments


Have you guys ever heard "If I Had A Million Dollars"???

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bungy
March 31st 2010


8843 Comments


If I had a million dollars I would buy you a green dress.

BigTuna
March 31st 2010


5161 Comments


But not a real green dress that's cruel.






I wonder if any of their other songs are quoted.

bloc
March 31st 2010


35025 Comments


I hate that song so much

EVedder27
March 31st 2010


6088 Comments


Haven't you always wanted a monkey?

bloc
March 31st 2010


35025 Comments


They got way better songs than that: Call and Answer, Jane, hell even One Week is better.

Nagrarok
April 2nd 2010


8315 Comments


I still always enjoy your reviews even though I've been missing out on some. You seem to have found your own writing style.

krig9412
July 28th 2010


794 Comments


They really should have called it quits once Page left. He always brought an extra dose of personality into the band, and always managed to carry the songs that weren't always so funny (War on Drugs) It's a shame, these guys were such a blast to listen to when I was a kid. Hell, I think I'll put on Maroon right now

AnotherBrick
July 29th 2010


9772 Comments


seeing them tonight. turns out they play like 10 songs off this and i still havent heard it. damnit



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