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Barenaked for the Holidays

Barenaked LadiesAudio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (183 customer reviews)

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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 (October 5, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Raisin Records
  • ASIN: B0002XED3A
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (183 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,046 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Jingle Bells
2. Green Christmas
3. I Saw Three Ships
4. Hanukkah Blessings
5. O Holy Night
6. Elf's Lament
7. Snowmen
8. Do They Know It's Christmas?
9. Hanukkah O Hanukkah
10. God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman/We Three Kings
11. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
12. Carol of the Bells
13. Footprints
14. Deck the Stills
15. Christmastime (Oh Yeah)
16. Sleigh Ride
17. Christmas Pics
18. I Have a Little Dreidel
19. Wonderful Christmastime
20. Auld Lang Syne

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Few bands are better suited than the Barenaked Ladies to take obnoxious old Christmas jingles to an entirely new level of obnoxiousness. The Canadian pop group does a smack-up job on this generous collection, where they tackle children's relics like "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," curious seasonal fare such as Band-Aid's Ethiopian charity single "Do They Know It's Christmas," and a handful of tongue-in-cheek originals that share the bookish humor of the band's hits like "One Week" and "Brian Wilson." Even the inclusion of three Hannukah songs doesn't raise the bar for reverence. The disc also includes collaborations with Sarah McLachlan and Michael Buble. --Aidin Vaziri

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Barenaked Ladies celebrate the holiday season with their ninth major release, Barenaked For The Holidays. This release features many holiday favorites, including "Do They Know It's Christ- mas"(written by Bob Geldof )and "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," performed with Sarah McLachlan, and seven original tracks including BNL's new holiday single "Elf's Lament," featuring Michael Bubli. Ed Robertson and Steven Page"s distinctive vocals give a fresh sound to traditional holiday classics. Barenaked For The Holidays is sure to be a holiday favorite that is fun,witty and dynamic.

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71 of 76 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Off-beat Beats for the Holidays October 5, 2004
By Lavode
Format:Audio CD
BNL joins the tired ranks of groups to release Christmas albums. Of course, they do it in true BNL fashion, and are not content to simply record a bunch of slightly-warmed-over standards. Some of the songs are original compositions, such as "Christmastime (Oh Yeah)," and some are standards done up in BNL's jazzy, rock style. Still others sound as if they are being played on your Grandmother's old electric organ, complete with tacky drum machine. (I have to wonder if this last is a peek into their early Christmas traditions.) And lastly, there are some very off-the-wall tunes, like "Deck the Stills" and "Sleigh Ride" that pretty much sound like the guys screwing around.

All of the tracks are well-polished, and the entire album evokes a holiday spirit. So in that sense, this album is a huge success. I only subtract 1 star because if you're not a fan of the band, you won't be too interested in their interpretation of the standards, and the novelty songs will probably be a bit of a turn off. However, if you like BNL, this is a must-have, even if you skip a few of the songs after listening to them once.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Now for something out of the ordinary November 17, 2005
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Every year I get a Christmas CD for my collection. I like it to be different, new songs, new or unusual arrangements of old songs, and BNL fit the bill. They are their usual irreverent selves and their humor can be found in this CD as with all their others. I like their version of "Do They Know It's Christmas" and I know they were having fun recording "I Have a Little Dreidel".

As has been said before, if you are not a BNL fan, some of the songs on this CD will not be up your alley. But those of us who do enjoy them - will enjoy this collection of Christmas songs. I recommend you add it to your collection.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Nice novelty album, not so good for repeat play November 26, 2004
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My wife, being a Christmas Junkie, buys around 5 new Christmas albums each year. Starting mid-November, pretty much the only music in the house, in the car, in the portable CD player is christmas music. Since we're BNL fans, this was one of the ones she chose this year. It is very consistent with their musical style - the quirky semi-ad libbing kinda thing they do.

The problem (for us) is that the quirkiness is funny the first time you hear it on a Christmas album, but having heard it once, there's no reason to hear it again. For instance singing the Happy Birthday Song to Jesus would be great if you were at a concert and everyone sang along campily (and to be honest, our kids, 4 and 2, are still singing happy birthday Jesus). Or inserting the age-old "Jingle Bells, Batman Smells, Robin laid an Egg."

This isn't an album that we are likely to listen to more than once a year (if at all in the future), and when you're paying that much for an album with so little replayability, it's somewhat discouraging. If you like to get a lot of mileage out of your albums, this probably isn't one to get. If you're looking for something to play for a college Christmas party where everyone will hear it once and get a real kick out of some of the silliness, then this album is probably for you.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good November 11, 2004
By C. Hill
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Barenaked Ladies' first Christmas album is pretty good. The best songs are the traditional carols that BNL have "sillied" up. For instance, in "Jingle Bells" they've changed one verse to the old kids' favorite: "Batman smells, Robin laid an egg..." There's also a funny rendition of "Deck the Halls" in which the only lyrics are "Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young" repeated over and over again. There is also a track in which the band sings "Happy Birthday" to Jesus. My only complaint is that the original songs written by BNL aren't as great as the traditional carols, and don't really sound much like Christmas songs. But all in all, the album has enough BNL fun to satisfy any fan of the band.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fan since Gordon December 13, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I've actually been a fan of the Ladies since their first major release and I have to say that the people who don't like this album are clearly not familiar with the Ladies as they truly are. Clearly you have all been brainwashed by the more commercial and polished BNL that, while it is still very good, is not really the pinnacle of their work.

The originals on this album are brilliant, Green Christmas and Elf's Lament are now two of my favorite holiday songs (of course I'd heard Green Christmas before since it was on The Grinch soundtrack, but still...)

I'll admit that I don't care much for Kevin Hearn's synth songs, but they are short and they do grow on you. They are effective segues between the more substantial portions of the record.

"Carol of the Bells" however is spectacular, probably the coolest sounding version of it I've ever heard. Plus, it features all of the Ladies in someway or another. A very trippy piece and it sounds even cooler if you listen to it on a good set of headphones.

You can tell that this album was thrown together fairly quickly. Probably much of it was recorded during session for "Everything to Everyone," but this haphazard arrangement to recording really captures the essence of BNL's style. It makes the album seem more like their live shows, off the wall and ad libbed. I'm sure many of you who have taken the time to criticize this album haven't seen them live and thus wouldn't know.

I will admit that this isn't my favorite BNL album ever, but much of it isn't original, so it's hard to feel too loyal to it. Regardless, it's still a very cool album and brings new life to all of those cliched and annoying holiday songs that we've all gotten tired of.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Our family's favorite holiday music.
This cd has several original pieces as well as lightly whimsical takes on holiday classics. It is one of the few that the children love along with their parents.
Published 1 month ago by M.T. Wall
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Holiday Album ever!
Ever since I discovered this holiday classic I've been listening to it every year from about November to January. I just never get tired of it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Krish
5.0 out of 5 stars Great variety of unique holiday songs
I LOVE Barenaked Ladies' unique, quirky style! This album has so much variety and two of my favorite songs- the charming, fun, upbeat "Elf's Lament" with Michael Buble and... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Glinda2k
5.0 out of 5 stars Very creative an entertaining!
I first heard "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" on the radio over the Holidays. It put me in the Holiday Spirit. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Deborah P.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Tunes
This was a Christmas gift for husband. He really enjoys his Christmas music during the holidays and this was a great addition to our collection.
Published 2 months ago by Dawn DeHamer
5.0 out of 5 stars Barenaked for the Holidays
Bought this as a gift for my sister-in-law. She loves it! She said she will be playing it after the holidays!
Published 3 months ago by deb916
1.0 out of 5 stars Referred to us, but not our style.
Not what we expected! But, live and learn. Learn the hard way. No more Bare Naked stuff for us. Sticking to more traditional Christlmas music next time.
Published 3 months ago by J. Voytko
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful and different holiday music.
Not your standard holiday album with beautiful versions of old Christmas songs (especially the "God rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" with Sarah Mc Lachlan, which drew me to the... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Joseph D D Antonio
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album!
This is a great album and has quickly become our favorite Christmas CD. The version of We Three Kings with Sarah McLachlan was why we bought it, but were pleased to find that not... Read more
Published 3 months ago by PastorJ
3.0 out of 5 stars Some Great Songs, Some OK Songs
This album is about 50/50 good to bad. "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" is fantastic, but other songs are either too hyper to listen to or just plain dull. Read more
Published 3 months ago by anonymous
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