Everything To Everyone review by Barenaked Ladies

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  • Released: Oct 21, 2003
  • Sound: 10
  • Lyrics: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 10 Gem
  • Users' score: 9.6 (7 votes)
Barenaked Ladies: Everything To Everyone

Sound — 10
This album did two things to BNL fans around the world. It allowed fans who had followed the quirky Canadiens since their indie hit The Yellow Tape to breathe a collective sigh of relief, while leaving fans who fell in love with Stunt and Maroon scratching their heads. E2E is a definite return to their roots, and while they may not have quite reached the acoustic glory of Gordon, they have produced an album very similar to their earlier Born on a Pirate Ship. The songs are diverse, yet all are distinctly BNL.

Lyrics — 10
Steven Page is perhaps the most underrated lyricist in all of the music industry. Too often is he simply dismissed as being a comedian, and rarely are his lyrics seriously examined. As with Maroon, his lyrical approach is far more direct that in past commentaries. War on Drugs is an absolute masterpiece, and by far the most potent of all "Suicide Songs" (perhaps SOAD's Chop Suey! may give them a run for their money) in all of modern music. Overall, the album is very well written with a good mixture of Serious Steve and Comedian Ed.

Overall Impression — 10
Destined to be a BNL classic (as nearly all critics slagged it, and the masses wholly ignored it) true BNL afficinatos who were disenchanted by Stunt and Maroon will be truly relieved. Musically, there is far better guitar work than in the past (especially electric) and Tyler's drumming has improved greatly. Kevin is up to his usual keyboard wizardry, and perhaps the only thing that could be asked for was more Creegann signature basslines. Best Songs: 01. Testing 123 - just catchy, but not in a One Week sort of way. I don't know if there is a BNL track that could be compared to this. Ed's vocals and the Guitar work really stand out. 02. War On Drugs - the best song on the album, it is potent, direct and hard hitting without being righteous (a la Good Charlotte's 'Hold On'). Rather than discouraging suicide by the seemingly trademark "Don't do it because I a great artist told you not to" method, War on Drugs warrants introspective examination of motivations, who will be hurt and what the impact will be. The final line of the song "Another died and the world just shrugged it off." is chilling. 03. Take It Outside - yet another signature BNL song. It almost sounds like Great Big Sea, and is just fun to listen to. BNL have done it again - produced an album that is genuinely fun. Music from one of the few bands that seem to really have fun making their music.

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