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  • Audio CD (March 19 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Reprise
  • ASIN: B000002N47
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #68,793 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Stomach Vs. Heart
2. Straw Hat And Old Dirty Hank
3. I Know
4. This Is Where It Ends
5. When I Fall
6. I Live With It Every Day
7. The Old Apartment
8. Call Me Calmly
9. Break Your Heart
10. Spider In My Room
11. Same Thing
12. Just A Toy
13. In The Drink
14. Shoe Box

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Filled with clever lyrics that range from the blatantly cynical to the mildly romantic, Born on a Pirate Ship offers more of the same musical fun the Barenaked Ladies put forth on their debut CD, Gordon, and its follow-up, Maybe You Should Drive. From the manic ravings of "Straw Hat and Old Dirty Hank," a musical exploration of celebrity-stalking, to the bluesy lament of "Break Your Heart," BNL serve up a musical complexity and rare intelligence that separate them from the pack of mostly acoustic bands who dominate radio playlists. Highlights include "The Old Apartment," and anthem about trying to recapture lost youth and "When I Fall," a haunting song about a professional window washer. While it lacks some of the raw energy of their earlier releases, Born on a Pirate Ship is still a fine offering, and the ECD clips are worth the price of the disc. --L.A. Smith

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Format: Audio CD
The Barenaked Ladies have a clever style. Super vocal harmonies and snappy arrangements highlight many of their recordings. Whereas Born On A Pirate Ship is certainly strong in the above mentioned categories, the songs are truly hit and miss.
The Old Apartment, Break Your Heart, and Shoebox are clearly the highlights of this CD. Love the steady rock beat of Apartment and Break Your Heart features an outstanding lead vocal by Stephen Paige. Shoebox is a jolly pop tune with fine harmonies.
However, the remaining other songs are either OK or really nothing too special. In The Drink is a little interesting but does drag on a little too long. Oh yes the arrangements are quite clever but the melody on Spider In My Room is fairly unmemorable and even annoying. Same Thing is oh so bland. Other songs like Stomache vs Heart sound like inferior versions of better tunes by this band.
Truthfully, purchase Stunt, then Maroon or even Rock Spectacle but you can certainly live without Born On A Pirate Ship.
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By J. Reed on Feb. 2 2002
Format: Audio CD
Like most Americans, I picked up on BNL around the time of Rock Spectacle and Stunt. Nicely polished little pop tunes with sometimes witty and sometimes brilliant lyrics...what's not to like? I followed my ears to Maroon and then decided to explore the back catalog. Gordon and Maybe I Should Drive are excellent. BOAPS is my most recent excursion into the BNL discography. I really love "The Old Apartment", but if you are (like me) a relative latecomer to this band, you will probably want to shy away from this particular disk. Many of the songs are just masturbatory flings into gimmicky music and nonsensical lyrics. Some of the songs on this disk make "One Week" sound like "Like A Rolling Stone". At the risk of aggravating all you hardcore BNL fans, much of this CD is just simply unlistenable. Fine, I am a Philistine. Fine, I like my pop music to be easily digestible. So do lots of people. If you like more recent BNL, stick to their other releases. This compilation is, in my opinion, not truly representative of their ability to craft fantastic (and frequently insightful) ear candy.
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I LOVE BNL's previous releases, "Gordon" and "Maybe You Should Drive." This one doesn't quite stack up to their earlier efforts. One of my biggest complaints is the amount of creative power the Creeggans were given in this album. The music is less unified as a result. Tracks like "Spider in My Room" and "In the Drink," while amusing, are not catchy, and I always skip those on the CD.
There are still some notable tracks, however. The most famous, due to its inclusion on the "Friends" soundtrack, is "Shoe Box." A very catchy tune about how we all hide things from people. Another good one, though a little disturbing, is "The Old Apartment," which is apparently from the perspective of an abusive boyfriend. "Break Your Heart" could accurately be described as Barenaked Elvis--a wonderful and emotional song the King might have sung. "This Is Where It Ends" and "When I Fall" and "I Live With It Every Day" are also good songs. I could live without the rest of them.
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I'm a huge BNL fan. Have been for about 4 years now. I have all six of their CDS. My absolute favorite song of theirs, "Break Your Heart," is on this disc. While it may not be quite as raw as the version on "Rock Spectacle," it's an incredible song and that alone makes the disc worthy of the 5 stars. Whereas some of the songs on here, I feel, are not the best songs by BNL (ie. "Spider in My Room" and "Same Thing") this disc has some absolutely inccredible songs: the aforementioned "Break Your Heart," the sad and touching "When I Fall," the rocking "Old Apartment," the troubling "I Live With It Everyday" and the very cathcy "This Is Where It Ends" For any BNL fan, this disc is worth having. If you're one of those who got into BNL as a result of "Stunt" or "Maroon" and are looking to buy an older CD, first get "Rock Spetacle" and "Gordon" -- then come looking for this and "Maybe You Should Drive" -- not that these are at all bad CDs - the first two just happen to be more consistantly better.
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This is BNL's darkest album, but it still has a good sense of humor and style. Musically, this has to be the best album of their collection to this point. They have deep texture and a professional styling that seems to have been lacking in their other album. However, most listeners take this as removing all of the "fun" from their recordings. You can't picture them jumping around the studio when they were record, you see them studying what they are playing with great intensity. Plus you also have to wonder who the woman was that ripped Steven's heart out of his chest.
"I Live With It Every Day" is a haunting song with haunting harmony towards the end, I will sit and rewind that portion three times during every playing, because it is just that good. Also, "Break Your Heart" is one of the BNL classics, and the version on this album has the sincerity that "Rock Spectacle" seems to lack, because of the audience. It is a good contrast to most of their musical stylings, a must have for any BNL Die Hard.
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