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Barenaked Ladies the little indie band that could have returned to self-rule with their own label, Desperation Records, and their most cohesive album since the quadruple-platinum Stunt. Barenaked Ladies Are Me still exudes the band's sense of fun while musically and lyrically demonstrating a maturity you'd expect from guys who have played together forever. With one of rock's most devoted fanbases, Barenaked Ladies goes D.I.Y. with Barenaked Ladies Are Me.

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15+ years after their winsome indie debut, Canada's Barenaked Ladies come full circle here, dropping off the major label merry-go-round to re-embrace a DYI sensibility with typically breezy aplomb. But, as this collection's strong songs and crisp production attest, that hardly means the band didn't learn a thing or three during its successful tenure in the majors. The gorgeous melancholy of "Adrift" is apt preamble to a collection that's more thematically balanced and graced by an expansive sense of artistic democracy. While mainstays Steven Page and Ed Robertson contribute such patently torqued, BNL-mirthful fare as "Bank Job," "Bull in a China Shop," "Rule the World With Love" and "Wind It Up," there's a growing maturity and sense of reflection in their work as well, as evidenced by Page confessing his own emotional disconnection via the evocative, banjo-accordion lament "Everything Had Changed." But it's the strong, equally literate contributions of fellow band members Jim Creeggan ("Peterborough & the Kawathas") and Kevin Hearn ("Sound of Your Voice," "Vanishing") that truly expand BNL's horizons at a career juncture when many bands are all too happy to rest on their laurels or hew religiously to the formula that garnered them. --Jerry McCulley
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  • Audio CD (September 12, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Desperation Records
  • ASIN: B000H1RG2M
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #147,874 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Gilad Barlev on September 12, 2006
Format: Audio CD
The sticker on the plastic likens Barenaked Ladies are Me, but the closest comparison I can make is to Maroon. Definitely a shift from the moody Alternative of Everything to Everyone, this latest release is, nearly entirely, upbeat Adult Contemporary (as if these labels have any meaning). Seriously--this album is so upbeat, I think there's a good chance I was skipping as I walked down the street, earbuds in my ears.

Think: "Too Little Too Late," "The Humor of the Situation," "Go Home" and "Humor of the Situation." Now imagine it tighter. With much more elaborate arrangements (seriously, they didn't even use this many instruments on Gordon--there were times when I was wondering whether I was listening to BNL or Sufjan Stevens).

The lyrics are classic BNL (with "Bank Job" on par with "Another Postcard"--it's a good song when you don't hear it 20 times a day--in terms of off-beat humor). I've been told this album was more of a collaborative writing effort. I'll take my source's word for it.

Highlights: "Easy" and "Wind it Up" (from the EP), "Maybe You're Right" and "Bull in a China Shop."

Also of note: Kevin Hearn gets to sing! I know of no other time I've heard his voice except "Hidden Sun" (again, on Maroon).
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"Some stupid number one hit single has got me in this mess!" The line from Barenaked Ladies' debut album, Gordon, proved prescient for the band following the success of "One Week" from their 1998 smash Stunt. The band had always crafted a whimsical blend of the somber and the comedic, yet they had garnered notoriety mostly for their humorous work, and the frenetic, pop culture-referencing song only further established them as a clever but glib band in the minds of critics and the general public.

Set on surmounting the novelty band stigma, the Ladies toned down their customary quirkiness a bit on their next two albums--Maroon (2000) and Everything to Everyone (2003). However, Reprise sought to capitalize on more rapid-rhyming singles, releasing "Pinch Me" and "Another Postcard" as lead singles for the albums. "Pinch Me" reached #15 on the Hot 100 and Maroon went platinum, but the downright inane "Another Postcard" received little airplay, and Everything to Everyone sold poorly. Disappointed with Reprise's promotional support (or lack thereof), the band left their long-time label in 2004 to form Desperation Records.

The common critical assessment of the band's new album, Barenaked Ladies Are Me, is that it's BNL's first "mature" album. Although such an assessment shows some critics' relative ignorance of Barenaked Ladies' entire work as well as an apparent forgetfulness of their own work (many writers hailed Maroon and Everything to Everyone as the band's "mature" albums), it's fair to say that a serious tone pervades the album. On songs like the acoustic-driven first single, "Easy," and the buoyant, sing-along-inducing "Bull in a China Shop," long-time songwriting partners Steven Page and Ed Roberston explore the familiar BNL themes of self-doubt and relationship complexities.
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I have been listening to the Barenaked Ladies since I was [...]and have loved almost everything they have done. Although at first I was not a huge fan of Everything to Everyone I grew to like it a lot, but they were still great because of the old stuff and they are an excellent live band. I am glad I didn't give up on them! Barenaked Ladies Are Me is unbelievable and it might be their best album ever! I have listened to it about ten times now and I like it more everyday. It is definitely their most emotional album since Born on a Pirate Ship. "Home" is one of the best songs they have ever written and is up there with "Call and Answer" and "Break Your Heart" in terms of emotional power. "Adrift","Sound of Your Voice", "Bull in a China Shop" and "Everything Had Changed" are great. The last one even brought me memories of Elliott Smith R.I.P. It was also great to see Jim and Kevin get into the action since they are horribly under utilized. Maybe next time around we can even get a Tyler solo, haha. Anyway, buy this album it is great and go out and see them live if you can, because they are amazing!
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The new album is probably their most consistent album they've made. The songs flow into each other wonderfully; nothing on the album is a jarring departure from the overall theme. While it lacks the darker edge of "Everything to Everyone," the album instead focuses on the nostalgic and pleasant. It features the trademark wit the band is known for, but it's much more subtle. While it doesn't have the boundless energy of "Gordon" or the pop sound of "Stunt," it is an album that demands to be listened to from beginning to end.
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This is pretty consistent all the way through. It's a lot different from everything else from BNL, but it's still good. It has a lot of really good songs on it; Bank Job, Take It Back, Everything Had Changed and Vanishing, and some others. But it doesn't have any great songs, which is balanced out the fact that they don't have any really bad songs. Like I said, consistent. Some of the songs sound like they should be better but just fall flat for some reason, they're just not all they could be. Bull In A China Shop, Home (which just makes me want to listen to the better, similarly titled song Go Home,) and Easy, three songs that just seem off. It won't really blow you away, but that doesn't mean that it isn't really, really good. It's just not as good as their other albums, and for me the only album below it is Maybe You Should Drive. Still, buy it. You will (probably) enjoy it, and it is definitely worth it.
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