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Maroon


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (Sept. 12 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Reprise
  • ASIN: B00004WZOH
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  DVD Audio
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (186 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #8,625 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Too Little Too Late
2. Never Do Anything
3. Pinch Me
4. Go Home
5. Falling for the First Time
6. Conventioneers
7. Sell, Sell, Sell
8. Humour of the Situation
9. Baby Seat
10. Off the Hook
11. Helicopters
12. Tonight Is the Night I Fell Asleep at the Wheel
13. Hidden Sun (Bonus Track)

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1998's quadruple-platinum smash Stunt catapulted Barenaked Ladies from alternative favorite to major pop stardom. The colorful Maroon, produced by Don Was (Rolling Stones, Bonnie Raitt, Randy Newmanm, B-52's), marks the return of the wittiest, hook-happiest pop-rock band in all the land. Certified at 1 million units by the RIAA. (2/01)

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Frat-rock japester Mojo Nixon proposed that in a world in which Elvis is everywhere, Michael J Fox is the only human with no Elvis in him whatsoever. Further reflection suggests that in a world in which gutter-trawling excess is required beat-combo behaviour, only Fox's fellow Canadians Barenaked Ladies--punsome frat-rock japesters for those too clever and dorky for most frats' taste--are the only band with no Iggy Pop in them whatsoever. Instead, some six albums in, the barbershop-harmonising, pop-literate thirtysomething quintet prefer a state of arrested-adolescence precocity, frolicking in the whitebread suburban nostalgia, lawn sprinklers and gym shorts of Maroon's ingratiatingly whimsical first single "Pinch Me". To give them their due, the tuneful confectionery on offer for those stout of heart enough to negotiate the dread word "wacky" are many: the blissfully bouncy John S Sebastian-in-excelsis "Go Home", the Beautiful South-esque black comedy of "Tonight Is The Night I Fell Asleep At The Wheel" and a slightly smirky "Conventioneers", and a hidden track that's the improbable spit of Lambchop. Oddly, it's not the zaniness quotient elsewhere that grates most, despite a luridly operatic "Sell, Sell, Sell" almost as tiresome as the band's recent faux-rap hit "One Week", but the too-frequent appearance of anonymously bright, toppy, radio-friendly fodder ("Too Little, Too Late", "Never Do A Anything", "Humour Of The Situation") that could as easily be Matchbox Twenty. Given the pop smarts of both these solidly wholesome kid-adults and producer Don Was, merely sounding like any other pop band sells the Ladies short. --Jennifer Nine

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars

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Format: Audio CD
Despite my three-star rating, I believe this is an excellent album. Compared to most modern music, this would br a five star CD. Tasteful, witty, lyrics compliment professional music by adroit musicians. However, you will not find the immediately catchy songs that occured on Stunt. Besides "Pinch Me" there aren't many pop hooks or innovative chord changes. (I have no idea why they decided to release "Falling for the First Time" as a single). If you are new to the Barenaked Ladies, purchase this album last.
The lyrical working of BNL remains intellegent and entertaining. One thing that I noticed that I found amusing - vocalist steve tries out different singing styles (such as in "Never Do Anything"). There is nice variety in Maroon, maybe not as much as Stunt, but enough to keep my interest. Every time I listen to this album I appreciate it more and more. It's hard ot get sick of. My current favorite is "Go Home" which would fit in quite well with some movie soudtracks. Highly, highly reccomended.
P.S. - I agree that this would be a good road trip CD.
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i got hooked on the barenaked ladies a few weeks ago after hearing "Born on a Pirate Ship" and was enticed to try this album out. I haven't grown as warm to it as Pirate Ship, but I'm rapidly getting there. The most amazing song "Tonight Is the Night I Fell Asleep at the Wheel" on here is .. ear-catching with odd circus-style music, calliope and dreamy as the singer narrates a trip home and getting into a car crash and dying before he can get there. but is it a dream? The last words of the song are "You're the last thing on my mind" in a dreamy, regretful (and yet beautiful) way. This song gives me chills every time I hear it now.
I'm a fan of BNL because of their exuberance, as evidenced in "Too Little Too Late" and "Falling For the First Time" but their lyrical skills are amazing in "Conventioneers" and "Sell Sell Sell".
I wholeheartedly recommend this album, and I'm a rather eclectic listener - the sounds you'll hear on here are golden, and they're not sticking to one genre here - they defy and transcend pop culture even with satire at some points. Treat yourself, try the barenaked ladies.
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Format: Audio CD
I always find it amusing whenever reviewers use the term self-indulgent in their reviews as self-indulgent is often a code word for saying, "The artists does something here that the reviewer was too unimaginative to come up with himself and therefore, the reviewer is now jealous." That many reviewers, the majority of whom tended to ignore the Barenaked Ladies until the release of Stunt, use this term to describe BnL's follow-up "Maroon," simply serves to show just how wonderful "Maroon" is. Maroon, it would seem, is an important step forward from BnL, moving them from a quirky garage band to true superstar status. It takes the best of BnL's early albums (i.e., the quirky sense of humor, the deft lyrics) and mixes them with the best of "Stunt" (the catchy pop riffs) and manages to do so without ressurecting any of the negative qualities that may have occasionally marred any of those previous efforts and the result, quite naturally, is one of the best CDs of the year and debatably the best of BnL's career so far. While it could seem, on earlier albums, that the band was occasionally playing simply to amuse themselves and while on Stunt, it seemed that sometimes the band was suppressing some of their own natural instincts to gain the almighty grail of mainstream acceptance, Maroon finds them at full, musical force -- connecting both with their own artistic instincts, their older fans, and fans who might have never heard of the band until "Pinch Me" came onto the radio. "Pinch Me" is one of the CD's many highlights. While it contains the same radio friendly riffs as Stunt's "One Week," it is also, from a lyrical point of view, much more of a signature BnL song -- sad yet humorous, intelligent yet, at times, defiantly goofy.Read more ›
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BNL's one of my favorite bands, and this is one of their best CD's, in my opinion.. Anyway, here's a quick look at most of the songs..
1. Too Little, Too Late
I know how this feels. Sometimes, when you try to do something, it's just too little, too late. That's what this song is basically about.
2. Never Do Anything
A song for all of us who could do all sorts of things, but will never actually do anything worthwhile in life. ^_^;
3. Pinch Me
Ever feel like a day was just a dream? That's what this song describes, except it basically describes a whole life. And sometimes, you might want to wake up from a dream..
4. Go Home
The basic message here is that if you love someone, but you're far away from them, get home to 'em!
5. Falling for the First Time
I know this all too well, too.. contradiction at it's best. A nice song for folks with big egos.. *heh heh heh*
7. Sell, Sell, Sell
Everything's commercial nowadays, right?
8. Humour of the Situation
Well, in life, there are lots of parts where you should just look at it and laugh. I know just what this song describes, too..
9. Baby Seat
The general message of this song? Grow up!
10. Off the Hook
Describes a woman who's husband was cheating on her.. until, late one night, she found out about it...
11. Helicopters
A look at war, and how the media over-reacts to events, only to forget about them soon afterwards..
12. Tonight Is the Night I Fell Asleep at the Wheel
Just what it looks like. A guy's driving home to be with the one he loves, falls asleep at the wheel.. and she's the last thing on his mind. Awfully cheery for being about.. err, death. o_O
Overall, this is a humourous look at life itself. Check it out, you might like what you hear. ~_^
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