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Maybe You Should Drive

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On this, their second major label release, Barenaked Ladies get romantic without slipping into sappy sentimentality. Wonderfully witty love songs like "Jane," "These Apples," "A," and "Alternative Girlfriend" explore the pitfalls of modern relationships with pointed candor and remarkable eloquence. Throughout, the troupe displays its expected high level of musicianship and vocal expertise, delivering full-bodied performances on every track. As always, Ed Robertson and Steven Page dominate the vocals, turning in particularly fabulous work on "Am I the Only One?" and "The Wrong Man Was Convicted." Perhaps the "hit" from this disc is "Life, In a Nutshell," a charming ditty about, surprisingly enough, a happy relationship. What bliss! --L.A. Smith


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 16, 1994)
  • Original Release Date: August 16, 1994
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Reprise / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002MT4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,076 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By "tomthedog" on March 11, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Most of the people I know who are into BNL seem to think this is the group's weakest album. I couldn't disagree more. While Gordon was a tough act to follow, Maybe You Should Drive was a fantastic second album, continuing the tradition of shiveringly perfect harmonies, ultra-clever lyrics, and so much fun you almost have to restrain yourself from jumping around the room with glee.
Possibly I'm prejudiced by the fact that I first saw the band in concert during the tour for this album. The sheer joy I got from seeing BNL live has always been linked in my mind with Maybe You Should Drive. "Jane," "Intermittently," "These Apples," "A," "Alternative Girlfriend," "Life, In A Nutshell"... all such strong, funny, bouncy, wild tunes... this album always seems fresh and new to me.
From "A": "A is for Algebra, I learned it in school/A is what Fonzie said cause he was very cool."
From "Jane," a pop culture reference so specific to the time of the recording, it was obscure 6 months later: "No promises as vague as Heaven/No Juliana next to my Evan."
And here is the entirety of "Little Tiny Song," a 62-second nugget of bizarreness from bassist Andrew Creggan: "Hey I'm a cow, I'm curious/Hey watch me now, I'm furious/Hey I'm a cow, I'm full of hate/Hey watch me now, I'm on your plate."
The songs and albums to follow Maybe You Should Drive were (and are) always good and often great, but this was the last BNL album that felt like 100% fun to me. You need to own it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 21, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Compared to other BNL releases, Maybe You Should Drive sounds like it was recorded by a different band. Unlike the musical collages which were the trademarks of Gordon and BOAPS, the majority of the tracks on this release hit a similar groove. I'm not quite sure how to describe it, but think The Grateful Dead circa American Beauty, with a dash of the late-period Beatles thrown in for good measure, and you're probably halfway there. Most of the songs are low-key country-tinged affairs, positively laden with hooks, and for once the lyrics are relatively straightforward paeans to lost love, unrequited love, reflective love, joyful love, and any other kind of love you care to think of.
It's true that this album doesn't grab you with the force of the others, but that's because it's a slow-burn kind of affair, the sort of thing you put on when you're in the mood for a bit of introspective reflection on the vagaries of human relationships. And then, just to prove that you shouldn't take it all too seriously, they hit you with one minute and two seconds of Little Tiny Song, being only the stupidest thing they've ever recorded. How can you possibly dislike guys like this?
So in the final reckoning it edges out Gordon and BOAPS, but is it better than Stunt? Probably not, but I will say this - the other albums are music for our times, but this is music for the ages. Not to be missed.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "verbklint" on March 6, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Easily, people, the best of their albums..I, unlike most people, was a Barenaked Ladies fan since the beginning, with "Be My Yoko Ono"- I waited for this cd to come out, I ran to the store, and bought it with my "agricultural management" money, went home, and listened to it, straight through, once. I was amazed. I had kind of expected a let down, after the many, many, bad second albums, and I was pleasantly surprised. I must have listened to it a hundred times, all the way through that next month alone, and i was hooked. Barnaked Ladies surpassed REM as my favortie band of all time (and trust me, they're hard to beat)-but melodically, and lyrically, MYSD is far superior to Gordon, and any albums that came a long- Born on a Pirate Ship was the inevitable let down, but thats a different review. The album kicks off with "Jane" a great song about unrequited love in the mid-nineties,with a great riff,and a catchy chorus. 2-"Intermittently"-the pain of a breakup, the searching to get her back, and the need to be embraced by anyone, after they are gone, is captured quaintly, in this song-3."These Apples"-Like many songs on this album, a love song, but with a humorous twist, and a clever hook, women are, remember, the root of all evil...(these apples are delicious)-4."You Will Be Waiting-simple, aesthetic, song about love. Beautiful-5."A"-concert favorite. Fun, upbeat, and funny, a great song-6."Everything Old Is New Again"- a song about the disaffected youth of the nineties,and their feelings.7-"Alternative Girlfirend"-Another love song with a twist, about different sort of girlfriend.8-"Am I The Only One?Read more ›
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Zach Powers on January 25, 2001
Format: Audio CD
The only good things to come out of Canada: Hockey, the syllable 'eh', and Barenaked Ladies (no offense to all you wonderful Canadians).
You're all familiar with the band's recent releases, "Stunt" and "Maroon", but their best work was this, their second album. I'd list the good tracks, as is my habit, but just read Amazon's provided set list because they're all good. My favorites (I feel the overwhelming urge to list something) are "Jane" and "Life, In a Nutshell", but I put this CD on and listen straight through, at least to track 10.
As a follow-up to their first release "Gordon" this album demonstrates the honing of their art. The band is tighter, and the songs exemplify the bands uncanny ability to mix sincerity, depth and wit, often moreso than any of their other CDs.
If you're familiar only with the Ladies new albums, then you should definitely check this one out. Its not as hard-edged as "Maroon" and not quite in the same vein as "Stunt", but its HIGH quality music in every respect. This album makes me believe there's hope for pop music yet.
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