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Where is the silliness? Where is the knockout, hysterical single? Why aren't Ed and Steve harmonizing? What happened to Ed's lead vocals?
Maroon sounds almost completely unlike anything the Ladies have produced so far, owing to a good deal of 80's influence (mostly for background effects) and outright new musical directions for the band. One song in particular, The Humour of the Situation, makes me think of Pallisades Park, which I think came out in the early sixties . . .
After giving the album a couple more listens, however, it all starts to gel. The lyrics are potent, intelligent and witty. The trademark Barenaked silliness is still there, but you've got to dig a little more for it this time through. Although the album doesn't generate laughter at the pace that, say, Gordon did, it still has its moments.
There are several great songs, here. Whether you like the fast-paced romps of Ladies' past, or some of their more introspective tunes, this album has it all in spades.
Gem of the album goes to Tonight is the Night I Fell Asleep at the Wheel, the most morbidly fascinating song I think I've ever heard. What makes it even better, with a title like this, is that it's ultimately one of those twisted love songs that BNL does so very well. Touching, and at the same time downright creepy.
Yes, the album is a little more stark due to the scarcity of harmonizing vocals, and I would've liked more than just the two or three leads that Ed performs, but it all still works. Steve Page is an incredible vocalist, and he shows his usually broad range here. The songs tend to lend themselves more to a single vocalist, anyway. And you still get harmony in the choruses, so there.Read more ›
There is probably not a single song on this album that I would skip all of the time. I'm not too fond of Sell, Sell, Sell, but the rest of the CD is superb. I especially like the way the the album sort of flows from one song to the next--the order is perfect. You can't just listen to one song at a time, you have to sit there and listen to the whole album to get the full effect.
As for the standout tracks, I absolutely worship Conventioneers, Helicopters, and Off the Hook. Conventioneers is such a great song, especially live. Steve's voice is just amazing. One of the reviews I read on some website said that Conventioneers was just "pop by numbers," which makes it clear to me that he knew absolutely nothing about the song. It has a lounge singer feel to it, but what really sets it apart from the pop genre is that there is essentially no chorus. The lyrics are all verses that tell a story. Off the Hook is amazing lyrically. "shaken while he stirred," etc. There is so much that I like about this song, although the drum machine I could do without. Helicopters is great too. It's so poingnant. And it is a wonderful lead in to Tonight is the Night I Fell Asleep at the Wheel. A large number of reviews that I read disliked this song, saying that it was too gory. Actually, I get the opposite feel from it. It's really quite sad, but it will make you smile because of the juxtaposition of the funky circus music with such a lyrically heavy song.
Too Little Too Late is a great rock opener with an infectious beat. Go Home has a bit of a country feel, but it's like the Beatles crossed with country.Read more ›
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If you ask a bunch of BNL fans what their favorite BNL album is, a lot of them will say "Maroon". Many think this is BNL's best effort. I disagree. Read morePublished on September 7, 2011 by Mr. Prindle
Maroon is classic BNL...great tunes, lyrics and tight vocal harmonies. If you're a true BNL fan, don't pass by this CD. Read morePublished on May 23, 2011 by marilyn b
The sound is absolutely great, the music is good also but i wont say this is a must have. i give it 4 stars, it's good but not excellent. some lyrics are cool.Published on April 22, 2010 by L. Conrado Barajas Pedraza
Immature? Cheeky? Derivative? Maybe, but when I listen to Maroon, all I hear is a marvelous pop album. It's got a lot of fuzzy guitar hooks and catchy choruses and clever lyrics. Read morePublished on June 2, 2008 by Laszlo Matyas
God do I love this album, for the fun, the poignancy and sheer variety. Pinch Me is fantastic, how it swings and catches you with that hook, and it's crazy lyrics and their unique... Read morePublished on June 30, 2007 by Basbenee
This may be the least diverse album that BNL has released to date, but that probably is not a bad quality to have considering how broad a stroke they can sometimes paint. Read morePublished on December 17, 2006 by J.J. Dyn-O-Mite!