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?!