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Barenaked Ladies ~ Gordon

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On this, their debut recording for a major label, Canada's quirkiest musical troupe introduced the world to their unique blend of scathing humor, skillful musicianship, and flat-out fun. Packed with songs that have become anthems to their adoring fans, Gordon is practically a collection of Barenaked Ladies' greatest hits. This CD features "Brian Wilson," an homage to the biggest Beach Boy and an exploration of the relationship between art and neurosis; "Be My Yoko Ono," a musician's entreaty to his winsome muse; "Box Set," a relentless indictment of one-hit wonders and washed-up rockers; and the staple sing-along "If I Had $1,000,000," which you can walk around humming all day without getting bored. Literally every song on this disc features the intelligent lyrics, tight arrangements, and astonishing vocalizations that BNL have made their stock-in-trade. It's a winner all the way around. --L.A. Smith


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  • Audio CD (January 8, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sire / London/Rhino
  • ASIN: B000002LU8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (162 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,830 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 9, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Listen...put down the STUNT CD(which is BNL's 5th CD, by the way) and pick up GORDON. This first album is one of the music industry's best kept secrets. It is an infectious album with great lyrics, solid music, and loads of fun. It shows that BNL could play any style of music they want...After the first 5 songs, you'll think you're listening to a greatest hits album. From the classic "Brian Wilson" to the jazzy" Hello City" to the peppy, funny "Grade 9" and "King Of Bedside Manner"...you will not be disappointed! And listen to their lyrics, you'll laugh, you'll love it. Other highlights include the classic "Enid", the very funny "Be My Yoko Ono," and ofcourse the signature sing-a-long "If I Had A Million Dollars." Yes, the new CD "Stunt" is excellent, but there are 4 other great Cd's out there....including one of today's best live albums..."Rock Spectacle." This is not a one hit wonder band...they are finally getting the attention they deserve. Get Gordon...it will be one of your favorites. In a time when artists sell 2 million copies because of one song on an otherwise awful record, Barenaked Ladies is a refreshing bright spot.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Greg Brady on March 11, 2005
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I shy away from making pronouncements about "best ever" until I've had at least 5 years to live with a CD. Often a disc you thought brilliant in 1995, when you were looking for "something new" to listen to, seems just average when you look at it in the cold grey light of 2005. It's now 13 years later and I still find myself putting this disc in the player and singing along almost the whole way through.

The Canadian band, for those not initiated, plainly have a love for melody, often trade in strong harmonies, adore pop culture, and believe that a good sense of humour is a good thing, avoiding the pretentions of "serious" musicians. That's not to say they don't have anything to "say"....just that it's usually buried under the surface and you have to find it for yourself.

Their fascination with pop culture shows itself two ways...in frequent medleys of covers of current pop hits they're fond of throwing into concert sets (anything from Prince's "When Doves Cry" to Destiny's Child's "Bootylicious") and tossing in riffs and references. Here they namecheck Duran Duran, Star Trek, the Our Gang series, Michael Landon TV shows, Yoko Ono, the Elephant Man, Rush, Styx...and that's just a few of them.

Singling out the "best" songs is difficult, but the songwriter's lament in "Brian Wilson", geekdom ode "Grade 9", whimsical "If I Had $1,000,000" and obsessive love song "Be MY Yoko Ono" are criminally catchy.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 18, 1998
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The Barenaked Ladies' first is still probably the best of their four studio releases. The album fluctuates from brooding and dark (Wrap Your Arms Around Me) to upbeat and playfully ridiculous (Be My Yoko Ono) and everything in between, and almost all of it works. The album is filled with strong songs, including such BNL standards as Brian Wilson (still their best song, in my opinion), Hello City, If I Had a Million Dollars, and What a Good Boy, but some of the real gems are the ones you maybe haven't heard before. The aforementioned Wrap Your Arms Around Me is quietly powerful, and Grade Nine and The King of Bedside Manor have a manic energy that is hard to resist, as does the clever Box Set, which uses a boxed set as a metaphor to look at the career of a fading rock & roll sellout. Gordon may not hook you at first, but a few listens and you won't be able to get it out of your CD player. A wise investment for any music fan.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 19, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I got this CD right after I went to the BNL concert at Pine Knob in September. I love this CD! After you've bought Stunt (the newest BNL CD as of now) and you also have this, you've got the two best CD's in the world! This CD may be sort of old, but the music is good enough it could've been released yesterday! This is a great CD for anyone who owns a CD player and doesn't listen to only classical music on it (all of you, I HOPE!) BUY THIS CD! IT ROCKS!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mike on December 7, 2000
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GOD I love Gordon! I have to admit, through all these years, it's still my favorite BNL album. Maroon is a close second, as it really has grown on me....and then MYSD, because it's very subtle and laid-back- not like usual BNL fare! I like Stunt and BOAPS, too- but just not as much as GORDON! It's amazing that they were able to bring out such a great record on their first attempt- from start to finish, this is just a fresh and exciting array of musical brilliance! It's start of with the light and bouncy Hello City, which I certainly can relate to! Then comes Enid, which is a fan favorite at their concerts- it's exciting and well written. Grade 9 was an anthem for me when I was first started high school (obviously), and I liked Duran Duran, too (still do). Brian Wilson is perhaps one of their most classic songs, with it's ominous look about a guy who's going throught the same problems that the aformentioned musician went through (well, not quite). Be My Yoko Ono was one of their first #1 singles in Canada, and it's another song that will FORCE you to sing along with (oh, and someone tell Steven Page that we MUST blame it on Yokey!). Wrap Your Arms Around Me is an absolutley gorgeous song- right up there with When I Fall and Call and answer-it always gives me a sensation which is hard to describe (and people said that the naked ladies can never be serious!) Good Boy is another great, heartwarming song about love between friends. Bedside Manor- just plain Off-the-wall- I love it! Box Set is an almost sneering song- not bad. I Love You is straightforward in it's message, and still is a very good song. New Kid On the Block is rather ominous song-much like Brian Wilson- great song, and it almost makes you feel sorry for those guys (or maybe not).Read more ›
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