Barenaked Ladies
Barenaked Ladies Are Me


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Review

by TheChaplain USER (13 Reviews)
October 30th, 2006 | 10 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: BNL's best album since [I]Stunt[/I]--a triumph of pop rock!

With their first new album in three years (not counting the admittedly entertaining stopgap Barenaked for the Holidays), and closing in on a decade since their last major hit, the Barenaked Ladies would seem to have something to prove with their latest, Barenaked Ladies Are Me. Thankfully, the Canadian quintet don't try too hard, and they don't attempt a drastic makeover, as seems to be the fad among pop bands today (see the Killers or My Chemical Romance). Instead, BNL simply turns in their best album since 1998's Stunt, and in the process prove that straightforward pop rock still has a place in modern rock music, and it can still provide a wonderful listening experience.

Whereas Maroon and Everything to Everyone were very cohesive albums with no obviously stand-out singles, Are Me manages to provide both without resorting to gimmicky concept album trappings. Which is not to say that the album is lacking a through-theme: this is very much a product of a mature band, one that has been making music for 16 years, and it shows. What's more, it's a product of the band as a whole, as lead songwriters Steven Page and Ed Robertson shine, but also make way for three tunes penned exclusively by keyboardist Kevin Hearn, and one by bassist Jim Creegan. In fact, Creegan's "Peterborough and the Kawarthas," a heartfelt ode to a son in joint custody, is one of the best tracks on the album, and Creegan's rare lead vocal is revelatory for the accomplished bass player. And two of Hearn's tunes ("Sound of Your Voice" and first single "Easy") anchor an opening run of eight top-notch pop songs, ranging from the typical BNL comedy number "Bank Job" to "Home," a ballad that recalls a BNL classic, "Call and Answer."

The album tails off a bit at the end, but the closing songs only seem weak because of the sparkling songcraft that preceded them. As a whole, Barenaked Ladies Are Me is simply the best pop rock album this year, and one of BNL's best in their long career. Do I smell eight years between Top Ten hits"



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Kingofdudes
October 30th 2006


294 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Finally someone reviewed this! I'm surprised you didn't mention Adrift, it is my favorite song on here.



This album isn't a huge change, but there are many subtle changes throughout this album though. I think it is a good thing, I dig this album a lot. I am glad that Page and Ed let Kevin and Jim contribute a lot more this time around.



I'm not sure if I would consider this their best since Stunt though, Maroon has grown on me a lot since I first listened to it.

TheChaplain
October 30th 2006


98 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Hey, no disrespect to Maroon, it's a great album. I just think that this one is a little more consistent, and it's a little more serious--"Bank Job" is the only blatantly jokey song.

And "Adrift" is wonderful--unfortunately, if I was to mention all the best tracks, I would end up doing a track-by-track review of the first half of the album ;). But yes, now it's out there: "Adrift" is a great song!

Jom
Staff Reviewer
October 31st 2006


3145 Comments


The album tails off a bit at the end

No way. "Wind It Up" is easily the best track on the album, and that solo is absolutely killer.
But everything else gets an A-OK from me. Good job.

The Door Mouse
October 31st 2006


2092 Comments


pretty good reivew. could have beefed itup but still good.

TheChaplain
October 31st 2006


98 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Well, I like to leave a little mystery...

And I think "Wind it Up" is just a matter of preference--it hearkens back to "Old Apartment," rather than the more immediately catchy stuff that starts off the album.

Jom
Staff Reviewer
October 31st 2006


3145 Comments


I'm afraid I don't follow how "Wind It Up" is anything like "The Old Apartment," though... the latter is much, much more chord driven, while there are substantial lead parts throughout "Wind It Up."
But, I suppose it is 'just a matter of preference,' because I honestly do fail to see how you think that song isn't catchy.

TheChaplain
November 2nd 2006


98 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Well, I must amend that "Wind It Up" is wonderful live--they opened the show with it last night, and it's a great way to energetically kick off a concert.

As for the comparison to "Old Apartment," I only meant in the sense that they're both harder, grittier songs than a lot of BNL stuff--I realize now that "Alternative Girlfriend" would have been a much better analog.

Squamish
March 12th 2007


84 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good album, but Maroon is the best BNL record, in my opinion. Good review.

GDFHTTBLP
October 22nd 2009


8 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

not a great album and definitely not as funny as their previous albums

SandwichBubble
April 1st 2017


9340 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

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Barenaked Ladies are literally me. New album dropping this year. Heard it here first

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