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Maroon

Barenaked LadiesAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (201 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 (September 12, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Reprise
  • ASIN: B00004WZOH
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (201 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,654 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Too Little Too Late
2. Never Do Anything
3. Pinch Me
4. Go Home
5. Falling for the First Time
6. Conventioneers
7. Sell, Sell, Sell
8. Humour of the Situation
9. Baby Seat
10. Off the Hook
11. Helicopters
12. Tonight Is the Night I Fell Asleep at the Wheel
13. Hidden Sun (Bonus Track)

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Cleverness is a delicate thing: go too far and it becomes self-parody; bury it too deep and it will be interpreted literally. Toronto's Barenaked Ladies have been walking this tightrope through five albums and, on their sixth, they continue to balance smirking social commentary with genuine emotion. The Ladies make their digs both lyrically and musically. "Conventioneers" unfurls the story of two people who relinquish their office-place sexual tension at a convention where a game of Scrabble over drinks leads to the bathtub, the bed, and the inevitable morning-after regret. Set in a lights-down-low groove, we all get a good snicker at the expense of two lonely suits. Likewise, "Go Home" commands a wandering-eyed country boy to return to his woman in a hearty, twangy romp. The disc is fleshed out with the band's dense, XTC-influenced jangle rock. This is the stuff that pasty, hopelessly undersexed white males drum up, half-delirious after endless Saturday-night binges on Dr. Who and Fawlty Towers marathons. It's self-righteous, verbose, and frustrated, yet defensively cautious enough to mask the lurking bitterness in terribly pleasant, melodious pop. --Beth Massa

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1998's quadruple-platinum smash Stunt catapulted Barenaked Ladies from alternative favorite to major pop stardom. The colorful Maroon, produced by Don Was (Rolling Stones, Bonnie Raitt, Randy Newmanm, B-52's), marks the return of the wittiest, hook-happiest pop-rock band in all the land. Certified at 1 million units by the RIAA. (2/01)

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99 of 104 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Somewhere between STUNT and GORDON... September 12, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Thinking of buying this CD because you loved STUNT and you're looking for STUNT II? You're probably going to be a bit disappointed. If you're a long-time BNL fan, though, I'm sure you'll find MAROON pays off. It's a nice balance of 3/4 Steve and 1/4 Ed on lead vocals (with a pinch of Kevin on the last track), and a great mix of traditional BNL fare, new jazzy tunes, and even a STUNT-y song or two. Much as I love this CD, I fear that not much of this is going to get play on your local FM dial. Quick takes: Fans of 'ONE WEEK' will enjoy 'PINCH ME', fans of the witty, well-constructed songs of BNL's youth will get a kick out of 'NEVER DO ANYTHING' and 'SELL SELL SELL', and if anyone other than me was dying to hear a Kevin lead-vocal number, you're in luck because his (hidden) track (HIDDEN SUN) is an absolute delight.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Return of Maybe You Should Drive September 25, 2000
Format:Audio CD
My first reaction when listening to the Barenaked Ladies' newest album was one of confusion:
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.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars God Bless Canada!! October 19, 2000
By Erin
Format:Audio CD
I have one request for the music producers and record companies: PAY MORE ATTENTION TO CANADIAN ARTISTS!! This may come as a surprise to many, but there was life before Stunt for the Barenaked Ladies. Yeah, no joke. These boys have been happily making music since the late 80s, but released their first cd "Gordon" in 1992, but due to the grunge-rock era, these lads never got the well deserved air play that would have made them stars here in America. Anyway, moving forward 6 years to '98 and the smash "One Week", these guys FINALLY got the well needed break with us and became multi-platinum selling artists. Now, let's see if we can help them out with their new cd Maroon. Now this might just be because I'm a HUGE fan of BNL, but this cd is awesome. It has the humor of Gordon in it, but the maturity of Stunt. For instance, the song "The Night I Fell Asleep At the Wheel". It's not meant to be a funny song, but darn it, you can't really help laughing due to the freakin' oompa band in the background. Plus, my personal favorite song is "Baby Seat". Now c'mon--BABY SEAT? Again, I start giggling every time i hear it. But anyway, I digress. This album is special for many reasons and it shows in the lyrics. Keyboardist Kevin Hearn had complications after a bone marrow transplant surgery and was in the hospital in and out for about 2 years. That experience touched the other Ladies and inspired some wonderful music. Thankfully, Kevin is slowly, but surely regaining strength and confidence and is again rocking with the band. I can't say anymore or try to convince you to buy this cd. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Maroon is the best! September 22, 2000
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Format:Audio CD
This is probably the best CD that the Ladies have done to date. It's different, but it includes elements of all of their prior releases.
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.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars It's okay
should have gotten greatest hits
Published 12 days ago by Robert J. Mathias
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My favorite from these guys.
Published 1 month ago by Taryn L. Palo
3.0 out of 5 stars Very Overrated Album
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 more
Published on September 7, 2011 by Joe
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic BNL
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 more
Published on May 23, 2011 by marilyn b
4.0 out of 5 stars Cool lyrics.
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
4.0 out of 5 stars "That guy should be me/ I'd Look much better on T.V."
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 more
Published on June 2, 2008 by Laszlo Matyas
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this
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 more
Published on June 30, 2007 by Basbenee
4.0 out of 5 stars Strong and Consistent
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 more
Published on December 17, 2006 by J.J. Dyn-O-Mite!
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid from top to bottom (but solider at the top)
The first five tracks on this album are incredible. I can't think of a more rocking stretch on any other BNL album. Read more
Published on September 15, 2006 by Michael Mcewen
5.0 out of 5 stars Naked Maroon Rocks
It was at the start of the new Millenium, when Barenaked Ladies punched out another classic rock album. The Candian rock band was stronger than ever. Read more
Published on June 21, 2006 by Jacki
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