released Mar 30th, 2010
from the album - You Run Away
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By combining humor with an eclectic mix of folk and pop/rock, the Barenaked Ladies enjoyed considerable popularity in their native Canada before rising to international status with 1998's "One Week." Vocalists Ed Robertson and Steve Page launched the band in the late '80s as an acoustic act, traveling to different college campuses and playing warm-up gigs for comedy troupes. These early shows played an important role in the group's foundation, as Robertson and Page began injecting their performances with humorous exchanges to hold their audiences' attention between songs. The trick worked, and the band's mixture of comedy and musicianship was cemented.
Following the duo's tour of the college circuit, the Barenaked Ladies expanded into a tight musical group with the addition of bass man Jim Creeggan, his brother Andy on keyboards, and drummer Tyler Stewart. Several cassette tapes were released and helped increase the band's local popularity, but 1991's Yellow Tape was a different animal, selling so rapidly that it soon became the first independently released tape to reach platinum status in Canada. The hype was compounded by the fact that Toronto's mayor, June Rowlands, considered the band's name to be sexist and demanding to women, and therefore forbade the Barenaked Ladies from playing a 1991 New Year's Eve concert near City Hall. The story found its way onto the front page of The Toronto Star, and sales for Yellow Tape promptly soared. Meanwhile, record labels had begun approaching the band with attractive offers, and BNL soon signed with Sire/Reprise and issued their full-length debut, Gordon, in 1992. Featuring "Be My Yoko Ono," "If I Had a $1,000,000," and "Brian Wilson," the album moved over one million units and initiated BNL's reign as Canadian pop kings.
At the height of grunge's popularity, producer Ben Mink came aboard to helm 1994's Maybe You Should Drive, a mellow folk-pop album. Songs like "Alternative Girlfriend" and "Jane" became college radio favorites, but changes loomed on the horizon. Before the bandmates could collect themselves for a third album, Andy Creeggan left the lineup in order to finish college abroad, and Look People guitarist/keyboardist Kevin Hearn hopped on board for BNL's joint tour with Billy Bragg. Hearn joined the group as a permanent member in time for 1996's obscuro-pop album Born on a Pirate Ship, and the band charted new celebrity territory by appearing on an episode of Beverly Hills 90210 to perform their Top 40 hit "The Old Apartment." Success in the U.S. came fast, and BNL began selling out their summer shows. Selections from the tour were captured on the band's first live album, Rock Spectacle, an uninhibited effort (complete with improvised rapping and stage banter) that introduced a new audience to one of the band's strongest assets -- their live shows. Rock Spectacle became BNL's first record to be certified gold in the U.S., and it paved the way for their biggest album to date.
Stunt, the group's fourth studio effort, was issued in July 1998 and transformed the Barenaked Ladies into stars in both the U.S. and U.K. Buoyed by the chart-topping single "One Week," the album debuted at number three on the Billboard charts and went on to sell over four million copies. The band upgraded to stadium performances for their subsequent North American tour, leaving behind the theaters and clubs that housed their previous shows. In the meantime, Hearn took a half-year hiatus to recuperate from leukemia, having been diagnosed with the disease earlier that spring. Geggy Tah's Greg Kurstin and multi-instrumentalist Chris Brown filled in for Hearn on the Stunt tour. After a bone marrow transplant in October, Hearn was free of all cancerous cells, and BNL were reunited at their commercial peak. Maroon followed two years later and reached platinum status on the success of "Pinch Me;" it also netted the band two Juno Awards for Best Pop Album and Best Group, as well as a nomination for a Grammy. A greatest-hits collection, Disc One: All Their Greatest Hits (1991-2001), was issued in fall 2001 to celebrate the band's first decade.
Two years later, the group released Everything to Everyone and effectively fulfilled their contract with Reprise Records. The album sold relatively poorly, and Reprise neglected to offer an extended deal, thus returning the Barenaked Ladies to independent status for the first time since 1992. The group responded by creating their own label, Desperation Records, which they used to release their next four albums. A holiday record, Barenaked for the Holidays, arrived in 2004, while the companion albums Barenaked Ladies Are Me and Barenaked Ladies Are Men were issued in 2006 and 2007, respectively. A children's album entitled Snacktime! followed in 2008, but the tour that followed its release was marred by Steve Page's arrest for cocaine possession. The band canceled several shows in response, and while the charges were later reduced to misdemeanors, Page nevertheless announced his decision to leave the group in early 2009. Thus reduced to a slimmed-down quartet, the band formed a new label, Raisin' Records, and returned in 2010 with All in Good Time, an album that featured lead vocals by Robertson, Hearn, and bassist Jim Creeggan.
Like many bands saddled with a novelty tag, maturity was never going to be easy for Barenaked Ladies, but their problems were compounded by the 2009 departure of Steven Page, one of the band’s two main songwriters. The other, Ed Robertson, is the undisputed leader as of 2010’s All in Good Time, but used to constant collaboration, he shares the spotlight with keyboardist Kevin Hearn and bassist Jim Creeggan, who combined sing five of the 14 songs here. It’s not so much that Robertson is reluctant to seize control but rather that democracy is deeply ingrained in BNL’s DNA, so much so that they couldn’t use the departure of a co-founder as an excuse to restructure their workflow chart. What they could do — and did indeed wind up doing — is use Page’s departure as a way to ease away from cutesy jokes and toward a candy-coated maturity, one that’s all about shimmering surface instead of singalong chants. Sometimes the band still kicks up a little bit of a rhythm or snark — the former in the diluted Foo Fighters homage “How Long,” the latter in some not-so-veiled jabs at Page and the shambling country-rock deconstruction of “Jerome” — but All in Good Time glides gently, offering well-tailored lifestyle music for settled Gen-Xers.
1. "You Run Away" Ed Robertson Ed Robertson 4:22
2. "Summertime" Ed Robertson & Ian LeFeuvre Ed Robertson 3:51
3. "Another Heartbreak" Kevin Hearn Kevin Hearn 3:23
4. "Four Seconds" Ed Robertson & Ian LeFeuvre Ed Robertson, Tyler Stewart 2:44
5. "On The Lookout" Jim Creeggan Jim Creeggan 3:31
6. "Ordinary" Ed Robertson Ed Robertson 4:09
7. "I Have Learned" Ed Robertson Ed Robertson 3:06
8. "Every Subway Car" Ed Robertson Ed Robertson 3:49
9. "Jerome" Kevin Hearn Kevin Hearn 3:22
10. "How Long" Ed Robertson Ed Robertson 3:39
11. "Golden Boy" Ed Robertson Ed Robertson 3:13
12. "I Saw It" Jim Creeggan Jim Creeggan 3:50
13. "The Love We're In" Ed Robertson Ed Robertson 2:42
14. "Watching The Northern Lights" Kevin Hearn Kevin Hearn 4:27