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All In Good Time - Barenaked Ladies

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Genre: Rock / Artist: Barenaked Ladies / Audio CD released 2010-04-26 at BNL

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      26.08.2010 20:34
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      A significantly different BNL

      Albums are often loaded with meaning: Bridge over troubled water was very much a goodbye from both Simon and Garfunkel, see also post-beatles album sleeve art.

      But the question is even more important when the talismanic frontsman leaves a band. Do you fly, like Genesis, or sink, a la Suede.

      When Stephen Page left the family friendly Barenaked Ladies over an arrest for cocaine it should all have been over. He was the expressive voice and co-songwriter of the middling successful 5 piece - 4 piece - 5 piece - now 4 piece again. But they said they were going to carry on and here it is, the latest album (released in April).

      There are 14 tracks on this album varying in style. The opener, 'You Run Away' is one of the strongest and the first single. And it is loaded with meaning. Is it about Page, 'I tried to be your brother, You cried and ran for cover'?

      Another Heartbreak is a beatuiful little ditty where Kevin Hearn takes the singing duties, I think for the first time.

      Jim Creegan also takes a couple with On the Lookout and I Saw It which are both catchy and emotive.

      But for the most part Ed Robertson shoulders the vocals and he sounds much better than he has previously. There are some slightly annoying numbers, 4 Seconds, but ends on the beautiful Watching the Northern Lights (Hearn again).

      Those of you who know BNL for really annoying, grating songs (One Week, and the one about Monkeys), will be pleased that there is nothing like that on here, and by the way there is much more to their previous material than that too. But what is obvious is that there is no wit, no sense of fun, no lightness of heart. Its as if there's a big, sad black cloud over them. And that's a big change!

      Still, it's worth getting for some of the beautiful numbers. But much of their previous stuff is lighter and more clever.

      £8.94 from Amazon.

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    Disc #1 Tracklisting
    1 You Run Away
    2 Summertime
    3 Another Heartbreak
    4 Four Seconds
    5 On The Lookout
    6 Ordinary
    7 I Have Learned
    8 Every Subway Car
    9 Jerome
    10 How Long
    11 Golden Boy
    12 I Saw It
    13 Love We're In, The
    14 Watching The Northern Lights