Everything to Everyone
label: Warner Bros.
our score: 3.0 out of 5.0
As I was always afraid that the Barenaked
Ladies always seemed like such a novelty act to many, that it
was kind of a private fear of mine that their goofy-yet-charming
appeal was gonna wear off the second the next cliché-ridden
“big-thing” or “rock crushing” event came
along (which we have not seen since the Seattle explosion).
to worry, as Canada’s not-so-bad-boys have risen to the
occasion once again. No, you won’t find tracks as commercial
or radio friendly as “One Week,” or “It’s
All Been Done,” on Everything to Everyone, but
the lack of blatant commercialism has been replaced by smart lyrical
wordplay and hooks which are of more quality, than pop-laden licks
that just pander to the Billboard charts.
This time out, BNL give us some cheeky
ditties as “Maybe Katie” (which may be the best song
concerning commitment-phobic men) “Next Time,” (the
CD’s strongest track) and the wordy, yet lyrically suave,
“War On Drugs.”
the sometimes serious tone of the CD in not really something that
you expect from BNL, it really is a good change of direction for
them and makes us wonder where they will go next.
liked Everything to Everyone...
2. Maybe Katie
3. Another Postcard
4. Next Time
5. For You
7. Testing 1,2,3
8. Upside Down
9. War On Drugs
12. Second Best
13. Take It Outside
14. Have You Seen My Love?