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Everything to Everyone


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  • Audio CD (Oct. 21 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Reprise
  • ASIN: B0000CC6QC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (147 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #27,695 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Celebrity
2. Maybe Katie
3. Another Postcard
4. Next Time
5. For You
6. Shopping
7. Testing 1,2,3
8. Upside Down
9. War On Drugs
10. Aluminum
11. Unfinished
12. Second Best
13. Take It Outside
14. Have You Seen My Love?

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Barenaked Ladies does not try to be everything to everyone, which is why the clever band named its first studio album since 2000-+its previous two albums went platinum-plus-+Everything To Everyone. Produced by Ron Aniello (Lifehouse), Everything To Everyone is only for those who appreciate songwriting with style, lyrics with wit and an attitude that music is fun. That's all. r

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From its tongue-in-cheek cover art on down, Barenaked Ladies’s Everything to Everyone is a surprisingly tough-minded survey of early 21st-century culture. Often accused of being too clever for their own good, Toronto’s Ladies here provide a good deal of subtlety along with the expected tunefulness and genre-hopping. "Testing 1,2,3" is a complex song about nostalgia, singing in a rock & roll band that’s loved for perhaps narrow reasons, and watching one’s ex-girlfriend find a new lover. "Maybe Katie" presents two different views of the male fear of commitment before dropping a key bit of information about its title subject. And "Shopping" is a fist-in-velvet-glove tune in the tradition of the Housemartins’s "Happy Hour;" could its happy-go-lucky chorus be a skewering of George W. Bush’s pro-commerce response to Sept. 11? At the very least, it demonstrates that these guys fully understand the art and the implications of being all things to all people. --Rickey Wright

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4.3 out of 5 stars

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Format: Audio CD
This is one of those cd's that can be easily overlooked and dismissed. I honestly didnt give it much of a chance at first but I just saw them with Alanis Morrisette and Nellie McKay in columbus Ohio and was blown away by some of these new songs. My wife still says she wasnt as impressed with the newer songs and they werent as good as the older ones that she knew more of. I felt the opposite. I loved the music , the wit, sarcasm and lyrics of this new cd are often as good and sometimes better then earlier releases. The cd's opening track Celebrity is slower then im used to them opening a disc with but it works. Maybe Katie is a catchy 3 minute song that I could see bieng a single. Another Postcard has that BNL sound that really draws people in,It took a while to grow on me though. When I first heard it on the radio I didnt like it that much at all. The band also left it off their setlist at the show we saw. I expected them to possibly do it during the encore but that didnt happen either. We were all shocked. Next time slows the cd down a little bit but it isnt a bad song. Not one of the best on the cd but I didnt feel like skipping it like a few past reviews had stated. For You is an acoustic song that really worked well live during a small acoustic set they did with the entire band singing. Its alot differant sound for them. Almost has a country feel to it but it shows a new range for the band to expand into. Shopping for me was the highlight of the concert and the cd for me and my wife both! They did synchronized swimming with shopping carts (that was viewed from above on cameras) This just needed to be seen to be believed. This also is my favorite song on the Everything for Everyone cd. testing 1,2,3 just seems like something that would have been on one of their older releases.Read more ›
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I'm a big fan of Barenaked Ladies, but I have to admit that "Everything to Everyone" threw me for a loop. I resisted buying it based on negative word of mouth reviews (i.e., it sucks; you won't like it; it's not your "typical" Bnl CD). I wasn't knocked over when I first heard it, but neither was I disappointed. Although I think "Another Postcard" is an irritiatingly silly ditty and a poor choice for the album's first single, it has this knack for getting into your head like an earwig. After one or two listenings you'll be singing along with it, at least the chorus line.
In my view, "Maybe Katie", a catchy pop tune about the ambivalence some guys go through in dating older women (with kids) would have made a much better first single and I imagine when "Postcard" starts slipping that the label will release it. Other tracks worthy of note are "Next Time", which shows a heavy XTC influence, the bluegrass tinged "For You", which sounds like it belongs on the soundtrack album to Cold Mountain, and the breezy, light "Shopping", a lighthearted blast at commercialism that has turned out to be one of my favorite tracks. As with "Next Time", it sounds very much like XTC, but it has a unique 60s downtown influence to it.
One previous reviewer referred to "War on Drugs" as boring and pretentious, a characterization with which I disagree. I think it has great lyrics but a melody that I almost think is predictable for a song about suicide. The main problem I have with this song lies in Steven Page's vocal, which to me sounds strained and off key. Nevertheless, it sends a message to the listener about the futility and uselessness of suicide almost as strong as R.E.M.
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A mellow, somewhat low key release by BNL with plenty of gems.
That's the brief run down on the disc. To be more specific, while it's no "Gordon" (BNL's masterpiece a la Fleetwood Mac's "Rumours" or Michael Jacksons' "Thriller" for example) if you buy it realizing that fact you'll find an enjoyable experience. "Another Postcard" is one of the oddest hits (but it just burrows its weirdness into your head and stays put). "Maybe Katie" is a prime BNL single candidate. I like BNL when they illuminate a real life find of experience or mentality ("When I Fall" is a great example from Pirate Ship) and in this case they do so very well with "Take It Outside", one of the best cuts.
The lukewarm response to this record is unfortunate since the band always releases thoughtful, enjoyable pop. In a fair world some of the pop shlock that rises to the top would be gone and room would be made for better, consistent bands like BNL.
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Being a long-time BNL fan, I bought this CD excitedly, hoping that I would have another BNL album that I'll listen to for years. Several long-time fans have complained that this is no "Gordon." "Gordon" was the Barenaked Ladies' definitive masterpiece, and it is impossible to repeat its grandeur. However, this is a very good album. It has several songs that sound like big hits, and are likely to repeat the successes of "Pinch Me" and "One Week." I would recommend this disc to both new fans who don't know much about this group of talented musicians, and to long-time fans. The best tracks are "Second Best," "Testing 1,2,3," and "Take it Outside." If you get a chance to see these guys in concert, buy tickets immediately. I saw them last week on their "E2E" tour, and it was one of the best shows I've ever been to. It features much of their new stuff, their golden classics, and most of the songs from 2000's platinum-selling hit, "Maroon," (my favorite BNL album, and in my opinion, one of the best albums of this decade). Whether you dig modern rock, folk, or traditional pop-rock,"E2E" is worth your money.
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