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Barenaked Ladies ~ Gordon
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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"Hello City" starts things off, a less than flattering look at Halifax, but still it is good fun. "Enid" is the first single from the album ("Be My Yoko Ono" was released before the album was recorded), a song about Steven Page's first girlfriend, but named for a waitress due to her name being "dine" in reverse. "Grade 9" is a song which pokes fun at adolescence and how awkward we all feel during that time. "Brian Wilson" is another single from the album, and a song which remains as an all-time fan favorite. The lyrics are written from the perspective of someone identifying with Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys after he was diagnosed with mental illness. "Be My Yoko Ono" was the band's first ever single and won the band a prize which allowed them to make this album. The lyrics talk about giving up everything to be with someone, i.e. their personal Yoko Ono.
Next up is "Wrap Your Arms Around Me", a song completely different in feel to all those which came before. The lyrics are also not clear, undoubtedly on purpose, mixing images from a normal healthy relationship, with those that could be taken as violent against another.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
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 morePublished on June 1 2004
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
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 morePublished on April 26 2004 by I ain't no porn writer
The first time I heard this album, I thought it was a greatest hits album because I'd never heard of BNL. Read morePublished on April 6 2004 by Thomas
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 morePublished on March 16 2004
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 morePublished on Nov. 4 2003 by Lavode
This cd is worth buying just to get If I Had a million dollars but every other one of these songs are greatPublished on Sept. 18 2003
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 morePublished on June 7 2003 by Clint
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