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Gordon

Barenaked Ladies Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (143 customer reviews)
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1. Hello City
2. Enid
3. Grade 9
4. Brian Wilson
5. Be My Yoko Ono
6. Wrap Your Arms Around Me
7. What A Good Boy
8. The King Of Bedside Manor
9. Box Set
10. I Love You
11. New Kid (On The Block)
12. Blame It On Me
13. The Flag
14. If I Had $1000000
15. Crazy

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On this, their debut recording for a major label, Canada's quirkiest musical troupe introduced the world to their unique blend of scathing humour, skilful musicianship, and flat-out fun. Packed with songs that have become anthems to their adoring fans, Gordon is practically a collection of Barenaked Ladies' greatest hits. This CD features "Brian Wilson", an homage to the biggest Beach Boy and an exploration of the relationship between art and neurosis; "Be My Yoko Ono", a musician's entreaty to his winsome muse; "Box Set", a relentless indictment of one-hit wonders and washed-up rockers; and the staple sing-along "If I Had $1,000,000", which you can walk around humming all day without getting bored. Literally every song on this disc features the intelligent lyrics, tight arrangements, and astonishing vocalisations that BNL have made their stock-in-trade. It's a winner all the way around. --L.A. Smith

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Barenaked Ladies ~ Gordon

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5.0 out of 5 stars A grand start to a grand career May 4 2004
Format:Audio CD
The Barenaked Ladies, no question, are one of the best bands in alternative music. When so much alt-rock today is just DMB and Nirvana knock-offs, (not to mention lyrics that any pasty, braceface eighth-grader could've written), the Ladies are a breath of fresh air, because they fit in a class of their own. They're about 1000000 miles away from being serious like DMB and they're about 1000000 miles from being as hard-rocking as Nirvana. They make you laugh and think while delivering catchy pop melodies and $1000000 musicianship. OK, enough reference to the song. Needless to say, every great band has to start off somewhere, and "Gordon" is that somewhere. Even if it is at least a decade old, it still sounds fresh and funny. Its timeless lyrics, its impeccable eclectic-pop style, and charming (and at times, brash) wit capture the glory days of youth. These guys were 22 when they made this album, so you'd better be impressed after hearing it. Their musical maturity shows with the jazzy opener "Hello City" and their fresh knowledge of teen nature explodes with "Grade 9", which was written by the whole band. Not saying anything against Steven Page and Ed Robertson, who are both really great songwriters, but it's cool that "Grade 9" was written by all the guys. "Brian Wilson" is of course fantastic, as is the whole album. But my personal favorite is probably "Blame it on Me". Its clever commentary on human nature in a relationship and its loungy feel to it make in a winner. Now how's that for you? If this album isn't a winner, and if it isn't one of the best albums BNL has ever released, I have nothing more to discuss. Just listen, will ya?!
FINAL SCORE-9.75/10
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Instant Classic in My Book Nov. 6 2003
Format:Audio CD
Once in awhile, an album just grabs you by the neck and demands to be respected (and loved?) upon first listen. Such is GORDON. I'm kinda a lazy listener sometimes, and when I throw on a new album, I often listen with just half an ear while doing other stuff. It's rare for an album to capture my imagination right off the bat.
GORDON starts with "Hello, City" which may be the weakest song on the album...so that's a drag. But this is soon followed by perhaps the strongest string of three songs in a row since a Beatles album. "Grade 9" is a laugh-out-loud funny song (at least for people who graduated high school somewhere around 1980). Lots of hysterical cultural references, great rhymes and a salute to RUSH!! I love it. This is followed by the beautiful, haunting "Brian Wilson," and then by the playful, only slightly bitter "Be My Yoko Ono." I can listen to these songs over and over.
"What a Good Boy" is sensational as well, sad and thought-provoking. Barenaked Ladies are terrific lyricists...funny and silly when they want to be...serious and romantic other times. They trade lead vocal duties between Ed Robertson (best known for his fast singing on songs like "one Week")...his stuff tends to be a bit more upbeat and sincere. Stephen Page ("Brian Wilson") has a more plaintive voice, and his lyrics are often heavily tinged with cynicism or even self-loathing.
It's all great stuff, nicely tempered by excellent musical craftsmanship. These guys aren't musical geniuses, but they do know how to craft a pop song!! That ain't bad!!!
Finally, I give major props to "If I Had A Million $," just flat out one of the funniest songs ever to get radio play.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Most emotionally convincing, and youthful BNL album March 11 2002
Format:Audio CD
This debut album from the emotionally driven, sometimes humorous, and somewhat quirky canadian band known as the Barenaked Ladies is awsome. The young ladies were not as talented as they are now, ten years later. However, they did an excellent job of making beautiful melodic music out of the talent they had, which was even then a good amount. Lyrically this album has some real masterpieces. Songs like "What a Good Boy", "Brian Wilson", the hilarious "If I Had a Million Dollars", and the humorous "Be My Yoko Ono" are the albums highest points. Unlike most songs around nowadays, I can see songs like "If I Had a Million Dollars" and "What a Good Boy" being played on classic radio stations 30 years down the road. "What a Good Boy" is deep, yet very general and can be interpreted as being about many different relationship sitauations, which makes it easy to relate to. Even though it only uses 4 chords, "What a Good Boy"'s way that it blends the melody with the progression of the chords makes beautiful music. "Be My Yoko Ono" is hilarious and can surely be appreciated by any resentful Beatle's fans. Although, slightly overplayed on the radio, "Brian Wilson" is still a great song, with awesome memorable lyrics, and the best chord progression on the album. "If I Had a Million Dollars" is one of the greatest songs to sing along to ever, and you will definately remember every word of it after 5 listens. It has a great timeless sound to it. There are some other nice songs on here also. Songs like "The King of Bedside Manor" and "Grade 9" are good tunes and display a style of music that is never really shown in later Barenaked works. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Barenaked From The Start
The Barenaked Ladies debut release (or at least their major label debut) "Gordon" remains my favorite from the group. Read more
Published on Jan. 28 2011 by Dave_42
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny and Great...as usaul!
Even tho I haven't brought this yet. I can tell it's gonna be great-just-wait-or-is-it-too-little, too late...never mind. I'm buying this CD partly because of, If I Had $1000000. Read more
Published on June 1 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars GORDON BEST SO FAR FROM .... B.N.L.
This cd is the best in my opinon of all the work's by B.N.L.
Stunt and maroon just do do not measure up to Gordon. Read more
Published on May 13 2004 by JOHN GOODWYN
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this for your nephew in junior high.
One thing about the Barenaked Ladies is that they're really hilarious guys, and their humor shines through in their music and concerts especially. Read more
Published on April 26 2004 by I ain't no porn writer
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely a must own CD
The first time I heard this album, I thought it was a greatest hits album because I'd never heard of BNL. Read more
Published on April 6 2004 by Thomas Stank
5.0 out of 5 stars Not one bad song...
I've always liked these guys but I recently listened to this CD for the first time in its entirety and I was blown away. Read more
Published on March 16 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars BNL Sets the high water mark for Alternative
I remember hearing this for the first time on tape in my friend's car. I was happy to finally figure out who did "Be My Yoko Ono," which I had heard before. Read more
Published on Nov. 4 2003 by Lavode
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This cd is worth buying just to get If I Had a million dollars but every other one of these songs are great
Published on Sept. 18 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars If I had a million dollars I would make music like this
My title is a little bit off, but I'll just go on. I like the Barenaked Ladies, I really do, it's just, this is not my favorite of their albums. Read more
Published on June 7 2003 by Clint
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Band - The 'Ladies
I am an American, and I am a fan of the Barenaked Ladies. Most Americans have put a bad impression on this great Canadian Band, by listening to "One Week" a few times and... Read more
Published on Jan. 20 2003 by Lucas
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