Barenaked Ladies Are Me review by Barenaked Ladies

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  • Released: Sep 12, 2006
  • Sound: 10
  • Lyrics: 9
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 9.7 Superb
  • Users' score: 9.5 (13 votes)
Barenaked Ladies: Barenaked Ladies Are Me
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Sound — 10
Barenaked Ladies are unique. Their biggest hits are a campfire singalong and a pop song with freestyle rap verses. The former contains the phrase "Haven't you always wanted a monkey?" and the latter contains the phrase "Chickety China, the Chinese chicken." It's hard to believe this band can make such brilliant, smooth music. However, it was evident with most of the tracks on Gordon, the band's first album, that their sillyness wasn't the only trick they had up their sleeve. Barenaked Ladies Are Me is the album the Barenaked Ladies should be making at this point in their career. Everything to Everyone was a solid record, but was not as impactful as Are Me. The record combines songwriting from four of the five members and showcases the bands unique sound like no other record of theirs could.

Lyrics — 9
The lyrics, as expected, are top notch. If there's one thing the Barenaked Ladies can do, it's write a smart song. Even the silly-on-the-surface Robertson number, "Bank Job," there are clever, witty lyrics that can make you smile. Post 9/11 song "Take it Back" describes some of today's absurd national security measures. The album's opener, "Adrift," has smart lyrics that help distract from the unoriginal song concept of yet another heartbreak, and "Rule the World with Love" dares everyone to do what the title suggests.

Overall Impression — 10
There's not a bad song on the CD. Each song seems to come together effortlessly. Jim Creeggan's lead vocal on "Peterborough and the Kawarthas" is a nice feature, as is Kevin Hearn's lead vocal on the hypnotic "Vanishing." There are beautiful songs, such as "Adrift" and "Home," as well as rockin' songs such as "Sound of Your Voice" and "Bull in a China Shop." Southern rocker "Wind it Up" closes out the record with a bang. Of course, it wouldn't be a BNL record with a mid-album track like "Maybe You're Right," a powerful anthem sung by the always insightful Steven Page. Barenaked Ladies Are Me may be the Barenaked Ladies best album yet.

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    Otnip
    Really good album. This band deserves so much more credit. And I don't mean credit for just One Week and The Old Apartment and If I Had a Million dollars...
    kasey13
    definitely a great band, and a great album for any one from their hard core fans to someone who just recently found out about them. They've been huge in Canada for many years, and are notoriously underplayed on the American radio scene as well as American TV. This album combines great lyrical depth and almost poppy up-beat tempoes to make a stellar album. BUt I disagree with Karliswilde's review, the fact that Creegan and Hearn sing songs on the album adds greater depth and variation to the album that you wouldn't get if just Ed Robertson were singing. Bands who's other members don't contribute to the vocals tend to die off pretty quickly, and the multiple lead vocalists in this band give them so much more depth than just one lead singer would. Great album, by the deluxe 2 disc version, it's even better, 13 more songs!
    kasey13
    one more thing to add, damn I talk alot, but ADRIFT IS THE BEST SONG ON THE ALBUM!!!!! the banjo played in there is amazing, and it IS NOT WEAK!!!!! sorry, it's just a great tune and you don't **** with Ed Robertson or all of Canada will rise up as one to smite you! lol
    kasey13
    a comment on karl is wilde's review, your review seems to be slanted by your taste in music genres, you gave the slow songs crap ratings and the faster rockier songs higher ones, as a reviewer you shouldn't really be looking at it like that, and their slower songs are what have made BNL as huge as they are, atleast in Canada.
    kasey13
    kasey13 wrote: one more thing to add, damn I talk alot, but ADRIFT IS THE BEST SONG ON THE ALBUM!!!!! the banjo played in there is amazing, and it IS NOT WEAK!!!!! sorry, it's just a great tune and you don't **** with Ed Robertson or all of Canada will rise up as one to smite you! lol
    lmao, I am such a dumbass.
    monkeys26
    One of the reviews claims that this is the first album since MYSD to feature a banjo. WRONG. On Stunt, Kevin played banjo on Ill Be That Girl. On Maroon, Ed played banjo on Tonight is the Night I Fell Asleep at the Wheel. On Everything to Everyone, the producer, Ron Aniello, played banjo on For You.