|1. Too Little Too Late|
|2. Never Do Anything|
|3. Pinch Me|
|4. Go Home|
|5. Falling for the First Time|
|7. Sell, Sell, Sell|
|8. Humour of the Situation|
|9. Baby Seat|
|10. Off the Hook|
|12. Tonight Is the Night I Fell Asleep at the Wheel|
|13. Hidden Sun (Bonus Track)|
But for all that, it is still only worth one less star, as this album is otherwise very strong. Pinch Me is as close as we get to a rap like One Week, The Humor Of The Situation is also good, as is Too Little Too Late.
That said, Maroon is by no means BNL's best CD. It is loud, doesn't give Steve Page a chance to use his voive, and most of the songs sound the same. For classic BNL, I recommend Rock Spectace.
However, Maroon is also a very good CD. The lyrics are jumpy, fun, and humorous, and Steve has one of the best voices in music. Highlights include "Sell, Sell, Sell" about commercialism in Hollywood, "Helicopters" about a musician's reactions to war, and "Tonight is the Night I Fell Asleep at the Wheel" because it is just plain weird.
If you are a fan, buy this CD, if you are not, borrow it before you buy.
Too Little Too Late - 9/10
Never Do Anything - 8.5/10
Pinch Me - 11/10...best song on the album
Go Home - 8.5/10
Falling for the First Time - 10/10
Conventioneers - 9/10
Sell Sell Sell - 10/10
Humour of the Situation - 9/10
Baby Seat - 10/10
Off the Hook - 9/10
Helicopters - 10/10
Tonight is the Night i Fell Asleep at the Wheel - 10/10
Hidden Sun - 5/5 (bonus track, only out of 5)
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.
Well, they must just make their albums like that, because Maroon is the same way. And it's even better than Stunt. All the same things that are great about the band and their albums are here in abundance. But there's a greater maturity that comes through the lyrics and music without leaving out any of the fun.
The songs are better and there are more of them that I would consider "favorites:" "Falling for the First Time," "Conventioneers," "Baby Seat," these are all tunes that could easily lapse into the pop lexicon. The only one I regularly skip is "Tonight is the Night I Fell Asleep at the Wheel" just because, while I'm driving, I don't want to be imagining dying in a car wreck. Too depressing and too easily a harbinger. But otherwise Barenaked Ladies' Maroon is a tongue-in-cheek romp that any fan will appreciate.