Barenaked Ladies – Everything to Everyone

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Barenaked Ladies
Artist: Barenaked Ladies
Title: Everything to Everyone
Label: Reprise
Rating: 7.5/10

Corporate Line: Barenaked Ladies have looked into the future and they like what they see. They envision a day when every known corporation will have merged into one monolithic force. That force will be Barenaked Ladies, and they will indeed be everything to everyone. Until that day, we can all just dream.

Back with their first studio album since 2000’s acclaimed Maroon, Barenaked Ladies bring us Everything To Everyone; a potent blend of their trademark wit, humor and poignancy in a genre-hopping adventure that yields some of the best songs of their fifteen-year career, from the lead-off single “Another Postcard” to the heartbreaking “War On Drugs” and the bittersweet opener, “Celebrity”.

The Good:
“Celebrity” – The melody is lush and full of life – if only the lyrics were better.
“Another Postcard” – The tongue-twister is absolutely asinine yet impossibly infectious.
“For You” – You’ll love swinging along on this tender blade of blue grass.
“Unfinished” – Something old-school that you might expect to hear from days of buddy pictures and lounge singers.

The Average:
“Testing 1, 2, 3” – Hard to love and harder to hate.
“Maybe Katie” – Trite. BNL can cook up lovely melodies within a song that you could careless about.
“Shopping” – Blur would get a kick out of this.
“Aluminum” – On the road to a major dud.

The Ugly:
Nothing.

Frankly: The Barenaked Ladies have been at it for a hell of a long time. The never seem to be spinning their wheels. Everything For Everyone opens with a lot of anticipation and doesn’t seem to get lost in that excitement.

+ Rae Gun

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