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All In Good Time

Barenaked LadiesAudio CD
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Imagine a shrine for all great sayings, a Pop Psychology Hall of Fame if you will. On these special walls you'd find such stalwarts as "What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Stronger," "Tomorrow's Another Day" and "Everything Happens For A Reason." Right over there the "Light At The End of The Tunnel" stands next to "The Great Unknown." ... Read more in Amazon's Barenaked Ladies Store

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  • Audio CD (March 30, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Raisin' Records
  • ASIN: B00368PSHS
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,767 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. You Run Away
2. Summertime
3. Another Heartbreak
4. Four Seconds
5. On the Lookout
6. Ordinary
7. I Have Learned
8. Every Subway Car
9. Jerome
10. How Long
11. Golden Boy
12. I Saw It
13. The Love We're in
14. Watching the Northern Lights

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Imagine a shrine for all great sayings, a Pop Psychology Hall of Fame if you will. On these special walls you'd find such stalwarts as "What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Stronger," "Tomorrow's Another Day" and "Everything Happens For A Reason." Right over there the "Light At The End of The Tunnel" stands next to "The Great Unknown." Sure, these sayings are ubiquitous; repeated down through the ages as mantra for some, cliché for others. But now, after 20 years together, Barenaked Ladies are taking time to walk these halls and learn from another bon mot, All In Good Time.

Yes, All In Good Time is the name of the new album, the 11th from this Canadian institution, and their first as a new four-piece. Fourteen bold and adventurous new tracks, recorded in Toronto in the spring and summer of 2009, find Ed Robertson (guitar/vocals), Jim Creeggan (bass/vocals), Kevin Hearn (keyboard/guitar/vocals) and Tyler Stewart (drums/vocals) exploring a very creative and fertile phase of their careers.

"There was a little more room for people to breathe on this record" says Robertson. "It's more rocking in places and it stretches out and becomes more spacious in others. It was a really good feeling in the studio, with everyone very comfortable together and Michael at the helm."

Robertson is referring to ace producer and long-time BNL collaborator Michael Phillip Wojewoda, who produced the band's very first full length CD, 1992's Gordon. Wojewoda jumped at the chance to capture the group's rebirth as a quartet. "The newness of the situation inspired the band to stretch musically," says Wojewoda. "Even though there were challenges, they jumped in headfirst with enthusiasm and passion. The results are very exciting. It was great to be part of that."

The move from five to four could be a tough transition for a lesser group, but Barenaked Ladies are no ordinary rock band. Founded as a duo in 1988 by schoolmates Ed Robertson and Steven Page, the group soon grew to five members and took Canada by storm with their five-song indie cassette, The Yellow Tape. Over the next decade-plus, their albums Gordon, Rock Spectacle, Stunt and Maroon went multi-platinum in the U.S., and Barenaked Ladies became a top-selling, award-winning concert draw across North America and The U.K. with their frenetic blend of high-energy melodic-pop, crack musicianship and spontaneous repartee.

Ed Robertson, the primary songwriter since the birth of the band, took a moment to share how the writing process for All In Good Time was different from past Barenaked Ladies albums. "This was a chance for me to shed some of my writing dependencies, both good and bad, and explore new ground. I allowed myself to go places that I might not have in the past. I was more literal at times, and more abstract at others, pushing the self-imposed limits I'd adhered to for too long. The writing was cathartic for me in a way that writing hadn't been since the early nineties. It had been a huge and often dark year: an arrest, a plane crash and the death of my mother. All of these things took a heavy toll on my psyche, and spurred a lot of serious exploring."

Regarding the line-up change in Barenaked Ladies, Robertson is very candid: "Our relationship with Steve Page was great and very fruitful. It lasted almost 20 years, but it was time to move on. Now we're doing something that feels really fresh and exciting to me. His departure left four singers and three multi-instrumentalists in the band, so we're not lacking for musical ideas, and now there's more room for the other writers in the band to bring songs to the table."

The results of Robertson's personal explorations can be heard in the standout first track/lead single "You Run Away," a story of missed opportunities and remorse: "I tried to be your brother / You cried and ran for cover/ I made a mess, who doesn't? / I did my best but it wasn't enough."

In the brisk, angular rocker "How Long," Robertson kicks off the lines "Give it up for Anger, it makes us strong!" another echo of recent years for the famous father of three.

On the power-pop "Every Subway Car," the founding singer/guitarist takes on the angst of a love-struck guerilla artiste: "Soon the world will see / Our graffiti love/ Belton on my glove/ They'll wonder who you are on every subway car."

Finally, Robertson finds three rhymes for the apparently unrhymable word Orange in a Django Reinhardt meets Jay-Z beer-hall sing-along called "Four Seconds": "Oh Flip, The light is turning Orange / Coat ripped, when I caught it in the door hinge/ I slipped when the lady in the 4 inch / Bought it in a store in Germany." Even after a couple of years of ups and downs, Barenaked Ladies have hung on to their abstract senses of humour.

For bassist Jim Creeggan, who sings the jaunty "On The Look Out" and the soulful "I Saw It," the latter a meditation on teenaged bullying, the current version of Barenaked Ladies is breaking important new ground: "I think the band is moving forward with a clearer collective understanding of who we are, and what is at stake. Leaving Steve was one of the hardest things we've had to do and we each had to weigh in on why the band was important enough for us to continue. We came to the conclusion that the band was only worth saving if we supported one another and strove for a healthy dynamic between us. So far it's been amazing and the most creative time I can remember having with the group."

Multi-instrumentalist Kevin Hearn echoes Creeggan's notions of personal and creative growth within the band. Hearn brought three new songs to the table for All In Good Time: the symphonic "Another Heartbreak," the surreal ghost town travelogue "Jerome" and the luxuriously groovy "Watching The Northern Lights," all of which showcase his unique, fragile voice. "I brought my songs in with sketches of how I heard them," says the former St. Michael's choirboy. "They were further shaped by the guys and MPW's input. I didn't try to write `BNL' songs, per se, rather I just tried to write songs that felt honest to me, and I knew they would be in good hands within the band."

The result of new contributions from within is a recording that is stylistically adventurous, musically diverse and the most emotionally riveting and honest work by the band to date.

"We had a bizarre year in 08," says drummer and vocalist Tyler Stewart. "A lot of upheaval, a lot of changes, but 12 months later we're stronger than we've ever been. We had to dig deep and redefine ourselves. Right now it feels really, really good to be in Barenaked Ladies."

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2010 album from the acclaimed multi-platinum Canadian Pop-Rock group, their first without co-vocalist Steven Page. Since their inception, they have racked up eight Juno awards and multiple Grammy nominations, sold more than 14 million albums worldwide, written a plethora of hit singles and amassed an international fanbase whose members number in the millions. All In Good Time, their 11th studio album was produced by longtime collaborator Michael Phillip Wojewoda and mixed by Bob Clearmountain.

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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable new release from the Ladies March 30, 2010
Format:Audio CD
So this is the first BNL CD following the departure of Steven Page. The guys seemed to have carried on with no apparent difficulty, as All In Good Time is one of their better albums in recent years. (Incidentally, Mr. Page is reportedly working on a solo album, and he also collaborated with the Art of Time Ensemble not too long ago.) In this quartet edition of the band, Ed Robertson continues as the primary lead vocalist and songwriter, although Kevin Hearn and Jim Creeggan split the lead singer and songwriter roles on five of the CD's 14 songs. While Good Time does contain several faster tunes such as "Golden Boy," the predominant mood is an introspective one, exemplified by the gentle ballad "I Saw It," a Creeggan song. The album's closing cut, "Watching The Northern Lights," from Mr. Hearn, is another mellow beauty. These new songs are often lovely melodies that sound really good coming out of the speakers, buds or earphones. After the first three tracks, I was also wondering if BNL had lost their sense of whimsy and wackiness. But then came "Four Seconds," one of those clever, rapid-lyrics wordplay songs they give us from time to time. This one has a kind of manic old-timey vibe. For me, All In Good Time was indeed a good time from beginning to end.
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22 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars They Put Some Clothes On April 3, 2010
Format:MP3 Music
What do you do when you've lost half the duo that was the heart and soul of your band? Let the whole band be your heart & soul. Sure, you can still have your leader, but he was so good, you have to replace him with the rest of the band. Thus is the approach Barenaked Ladies have taken with the creation of this new album & the departure of Steven Page. Think about it, every major hit BNL has had has involved Page. The result is a more complete, but also more mature & slightly less interesting & original BNL.

Highlights Include:
Summertime
Four Seconds
On the Lookout
How Long

Original co-founder with Page, Ed Robertson is still the most seasoned & has the most consistently good songs in the band, but it is nice to actually hear the other members, all of which make a vocal appearance, if not songwriting appearance at some point in the album. Kevin Hearn takes the softer more folk approach to his songs (something you'd never have heard on a BNL album before, probably for good reason), and Jim Creeggan takes a more adult contemporary approach, in the vain of a Rob Thomas. But even with the new changes, something is still very noticeably off. Take for example lyrics like this:

"Even a busted watch is right twice a day"

Now, I may just be forgetting and the band may have had poorly written and lazy lyrics like this in the Page days, but it becomes all the more noticeable now. Something is off, and the band just isn't the same anymore. What's worse is that they've gone forcibly headlong mostly in the the lite hits/adult contemporary genre. If you're a fan of that genre, which the band had always hung around, you'll be very pleased with this album.
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not bad but.... May 7, 2010
By EricPDX
Format:Audio CD
First, let me say that this is not a bad CD. It is not great but it is not bad either.

If I try to listen to All In Good Time and not think that I am listening to The Barenaked Ladies, it seems better. I keep wondering if I would be looking at this differently if they would have changed the band name after Steven Page left. If you have ever listened to the two albums The Doors recorded after Jim Morrison passed away you know how empty they sound. The same can be said for this. If The Doors would have changed their name to something else and put Other Voices and Full Circle out, they may have been received differently.

The gaping hole left in this band by Steve's departure cannot be ignored. Ed, Kevin, Jim, and Tyler all have great musical abilities and will always have my respect but Steve was the guy that made it all work. Ed has had some incredible songs and vocal performances in the past but to me All In Good Time sounds like a half-hearted effort on his part.

I wish nothing but the best for The Barenaked Ladies and I hope I am proved wrong and this CD becomes a great success for them. The writing seems to be on the wall though. I just hope that if they choose to continue on they will have stronger material to offer in the future.

If history has taught us anything, no band has ever survived well after the departure of one its key members. There is usually a downhill slide of one mediocre release after another and the next thing you know they are playing the Indian casino circuit. I hope so much this will not be the path for this band. They have been magnificent and deserve much better than that.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great.....Simply Great July 22, 2010
By Angela
Format:Audio CD
Yes ok Steve left... but the band is still great. I have seen them twice since he left and they are still the same band but different. They have added a different dimension with Jim and Kevin singing. I guess if you just liked Steve then you will not like this album. I keep listening to this album and the songs are great! The lyrics are still engaging and the music is toe tapping. I keep having to remind myself that HE is gone.... that means I'm not missing him. With an open mind listen....
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Bland for BNL, but Worthwhile
I now have most of BNL's albums, and I enjoyed All In Good Time, but it is filled with forgettable, mellow songs. Read more
Published 3 months ago by E. Numbers
4.0 out of 5 stars getting there
Look, I get it.

Things will never quite be the same for anyone who's loved BNL over the years. Unless and until the unlikely, I suppose. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Harlan J Nash
5.0 out of 5 stars Barenaked Ladies CD , one word, excellent.
I am so glad that the BNL have put out another CD. Each time, I can hardly wait to enjoy each new song. They always seem to find just the perfect sound. Read more
Published 14 months ago by L. Hess
4.0 out of 5 stars Grieving Barenakeds
I really like this album. There are open wounds that need to be healed from the departure of Steven Paige and the emotion is
obvious. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Peter Solinski
5.0 out of 5 stars Barenaked Ladies' First Post Steve Album
I had the pleasure of meeting these fine men a few times, including Steve when they performed at Seneca Casino before the final break. Read more
Published on March 21, 2012 by Brian
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Album!
For the first album after losing Steven Paige, this is a solid offering! It's hard for any newer album to replace the warm memories you have from an older one, and harder still to... Read more
Published on January 13, 2012 by Jesse M. Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars BNL All In Good Time
I wasn't sure if I would enjoy this album, would the band be the same without Steven Page? The answer is no, the band is not quite the same without Steven, but I LOVE this album. Read more
Published on July 30, 2011 by GM
1.0 out of 5 stars Plain terrible. Where has their talent gone?
I like several BNL albums, but this is one of the worst collections of music I have ever heard. Each song is a monotonous jumble of banalities coated in the dullest and most... Read more
Published on July 26, 2011 by J. Michael
1.0 out of 5 stars Not Good
I am amazed by all the positive reviews here: oh well, to each his own. This is a very bad cd from a fantastic band. Read more
Published on June 26, 2011 by Richmond
5.0 out of 5 stars BNL "All in Good Time"
It's so great to hear music from one of my favorite 90's groups. Great job guys! There's not one song on this album that I didn't like. Read more
Published on May 9, 2011 by tcasa
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That's the one song on this album that I don't like haha. I think the "lazybones" part irritates me.
May 17, 2010 by MYSD |  See all 2 posts
Nice new sound
I agree 100%. I love every single preview on here, and I have extremely high hopes for this album. If it's as good as my expectations are, I believe the band is better without Steve.
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