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Maroon

Barenaked Ladies Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (186 customer reviews)
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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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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

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Barenaked Ladies ~ Maroon

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5.0 out of 5 stars Tuned into BNL and Loved "Sell Sell Sell" June 25 2001
Format:Audio CD
I have never listened to BNL before except for hearing "Pinch Me" on the radio. I have never written an Amazon review before. I listen to every kind of music imagineable. I bought this album for work related reasons not really expecting much, but I was very impressed with their musical talent, their lyrics, and their flippant attitude which masks their "genius" in creating a variety of musical themes. I was very impressed with "Sell Sell Sell". It could have come from a rock opera or broadway musical. I recommend this album to all those who want a true musical experience that rises far above what passes for "music" today.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The advent of additional styles Nov. 5 2003
By Lavode
Format:Audio CD
One reason I give this four stars is that it has the inevitable dead spot, that being Conventioneers. Also, it seems that BNL was listening to the Beatles a lot when they wrote this. It is very jarring to hear trademark styles from the Beatles coming out in BNL's otherwise original pop sound. Also detracting from the album is the presence of the buried track, which is so annoyingly common in the Rock scene, and was present on the last album.
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not their best Oct. 10 2003
Format:Audio CD
Barenaked Ladies is a band that you either like or you hate. There is no way around it, they have a way of polarizing people. I am a fan of them.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars BNL's Best Aug. 20 2003
By John
Format:Audio CD
This is the Barenaked Ladies best album yet, beating out 'Maybe You Should Drive' for the number one spot. After 'Stunt' came out and the band introduced their new sound, fans got skeptical about whether or not BNL is turning in the wrong direction. Nevertheless, 'Maroon's' pop-folk-rock sounds have dazzled me, as they will mostly like do to you. Here is a synopsis of the tracks (1-10)
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)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the money you spend on it. July 27 2003
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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3.0 out of 5 stars Kinda dissapointed..... July 21 2003
Format:Audio CD
I haven't been a BNL fan for a long time, but I was rabid about their landmark album "Stunt" for their brilliant mix of acoustic and distorted guitars, various time signatures, superb, darkly ironic lyrics and vocals. "Maroon" does not live up to "Stunt" because I find that the hard-edged guitars have been turned down and melodically the songs are not as catchy as on "Stunt". The lyrics on "Maroon" are not as darkly humorous and I feel are too poppy without the irony. "Maroon" is listenable however and I find a few good songs like "Pinch Me", "Never Do Anything", "Falling For The First Time", but overall I'd rather let "Stunt" play on in my CD player....at least I can play it all the way through unlike "Maroon".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great road trip album June 5 2003
Format:Audio CD
I've reviewed Barenaked Ladies' album Stunt elsewhere on this site and said it was like the Run Lola Run soundtrack in that it was terrific for long road trips.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the two best barenaked ladies' albums!
I believe that this and their first (Gordon) are the two best albums they have. This Album features some more fast pace, energetic songs. Read more
Published on Dec 27 2002 by "adam0330mada"
4.0 out of 5 stars Buy the regular CD
I'm not sure what is going on with this DVD-A. The surround mix is atrocious. Basically, the non-essential filler tracks in the mix have been moved to the surround channels. Read more
Published on July 31 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Barenaked Ladies - not just summer fun music!
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. Read more
Published on July 22 2002 by writer@repairman.com
4.0 out of 5 stars More subdued but still got that BNL sound
I adore Pinch Me, The Night I Fell Asleep at the Wheel, and the bonus track. This doesn't have the hyperactive stuff that you might expect after One Week, but I still really enjoy... Read more
Published on March 30 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars Not my favorite BNL album
A very serious tone in this album, but good for driving in the rain. If you liked this album, you might also like The Beautiful South's "Blue is the Colour" and... Read more
Published on March 13 2002 by J. Rossi
5.0 out of 5 stars This is awsome!
I really like this cd. I has one of my favorite songs on it, falling for the first time.
Published on Jan. 16 2002 by Rita Weiss
4.0 out of 5 stars Extremely surprised
I, like many others, thought that after the songs "One Week" and "It's All Been Done" that the Barenaked Ladies would fall into a dark hole and never be heard... Read more
Published on Dec 8 2001 by Book maniac
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