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Stunt

Barenaked Ladies Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (510 customer reviews)
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1. One Week
2. It's All Been Done
3. Light Up My Room
4. I'll Be That Girl
5. Leave
6. Alcohol
7. Call And Answer
8. In The Car
9. Never Is Enough
10. Who Needs Sleep?
11. Told You So
12. Some Fantastic (Ivory And Ivory)
13. When You Dream

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The Ladies have done more than lie in bed the way Brian Wilson did; they've spent some quality sandbox time mastering the intricacies of catchy pop records, hooks and all. Sounding at times like Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young after a week in the Caribbean, the Ladies mix a dash of rap with a pop backbeat on "One Week," while "It's All Been Done" is classic 1960s Top 40, right down to the "woo-hoo-hoo" backing vocals. The lyrics are the hidden joy on this record, with lines like "I love you more than I did the week before I discovered alcohol" and the male voice singing about tying his pantyhose around his neck. The songs are well crafted and the production flushes out the Ladies' hidden musical talents, resulting in their best effort since Gordon. --Katie Sigler

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4.0 out of 5 stars Best or 2nd best BNL July 7 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I think my fave is still "Maybe You Should Drive", but this one has
some pretty amazing songs on it, such as "I'll Be That Girl", which
is probably my favorite BNL song. "Leave", "One Week", and "It's
All Been Done" are all truly fine. I think subsequent albums have
not been up to the standard set by this one.
The album also has a "bummer", but even "Maybe You Should Drive" did...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good melodies, depressing lyrics Feb. 18 2004
Format:Audio CD
Don't be fooled by the sweet melodies on this CD, which often conceal some very sinister and bitter lyrics. Some of the songs, such as "In the Car," show mercy and compassion for their characters, but others like "I'll Be That Girl," "Some Fantastic," and "Call and Answer" contain dark, violent undertones. While they sound sugary sweet, when one examines the lyrics, they look like love poems gone horribly wrong in the hands of a psychotic ex-boyfriend. Elsewhere, "Never is Enough" serves up enough vitriolic cynicism to poison an army (although I do agree with their point that working retail is a pain in the neck), while "Alcohol" revels in self-destructive behavior as an escape from the daily grind. Sometimes these wicked concoctions are funny, but more often than not they become off-putting. Because the music lacks the cathartic qualities of hard rock, punk, or metal (see "Angel Dust" by Faith No More or "London Calling" by the Clash), the negative themes juxtaposed with cute instrumentation creates a kind of unresolved tension which is in my opinion counterproductive. Still, the solid musicianship and stellar songwriting craft of "Stunt" make it a better than average listening experience. The band has good chemistry, the production is surgically precise, and the voice of Steven Page sends shivers up your spine even as he makes death threats. One more thing, I feel that BNL is easier to stand when confronted with their charming live presence, and I would highly recommend their concerts even to a casual fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of Gems on this Powerful CD Feb. 13 2004
By MZ
Format:Audio CD
I bought this CD because I liked Barenaked Ladies other songs and I really liked "One Week." However, soon after the CD was in my collection, it was not only my most played, but also, the song "One Week" became old news compared to the numerous other hot songs that never made the radio.
My favorite song on this CD is "Who Needs Sleep?" While keeping a humorous tone, there is a universal message there. I identified with this song right away. And the tune is so catchy -- I'm surprised mattress companies aren't falling all over each other trying to get it into their advertisements.
At any rate, BNL put together a great collection of songs here. I think their songs appeal to a broad spectrum of music-lovers of all ages, with their contagious melodies and clever lyrics. I would recommend this CD to anyone who likes music.
"Lids down, I count sheep, I count heartbeats." - From the up at 3 a.m. reviewer.
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4.0 out of 5 stars BNL Goes Mainstream Nov. 4 2003
By Lavode
Format:Audio CD
This is the first of the megahit rap tunes BNL has done, that being One Week. This also sparks the band's emergence onto the mainstream rock circle, and a departure from the Alternative. The use of grunge guitars is prevalent, and I would begrudge the band for departing from their earlier style, which I fell in love with in Gordon, but they do this style so competently, that the album is darned near perfect. The only slow spot on this disc is the ending with When You Dream, which is the only reason this disc doesn't get 5 stars. Aside from that, the pop stylings are fun to listen to, and the writing is consistently clever. If you like the stuff that's been playing on the radio, it all started here, and approach the old stuff with caution.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mood Music Oct. 6 2003
Format:Audio CD
When I stumbled on to the group, Barenaked Ladies, on the radio, I was kind of surprised at how much I liked the song "One Week". Its kenetic tempo and fast paced lyrics actually put me in a better mood (not an easy task at all). It was then, I decieded to check out the entire CD.
I was happy to discover that the rest of release had something to offer as well. The songs are a lot of fun and reflect an admiration of the Beatles, without sounding like a mere rip off. After listening to the whole thing, I am certain that the group, even with the quieter ballads, had a lot of fun with this. So will you.
The CD has 13 tracks and a running time of 51:19. Stunt deserves a listen
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5.0 out of 5 stars everything about this cd rocks! April 23 2003
Format:Audio CD
I own a lot of cds just like everyone else and this is my absolute favorite! Each song is different, unusual and completely entertaining. One week is perfectly original and upbeat, and my other favorites on this cd are Alcohol, Never is Enough, and Some Fantastic. Definitely seriously think about getting this cd because if you're a BNL fan, it's a must for the collection and if not, it's a must anyway and will turn you into a fan!
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Over 40 Perspective April 22 2003
Format:Audio CD
I recently (4-03) found this 5 year old CD in a box at a flea market and figured that spending $1.00 on it was no big deal. I had never even heard of the BNL, but the name alone was enough to catch my attention.
I was pleasantly surprised when I popped the CD into my player. What a nice montage of musical styles. Not only does this CD cover a lot of musical ground, but the proficiency of the playing and singing is equally enjoyable. And then there's the lyrics... simple on the surface, but actually deep and meaningful in places. (Of course "One Week" doesn't fall into this category, but it's a heckuva lot of fun nonetheless) One example of the better lyrics is "Light In My Room". It has an almost sarcastic naiveté to it, even though the average person might simply and easily dismiss it as nothing more than oddball drivel. And then there's "When You Dream". For anyone who's ever stared at their little baby boy or girl sleeping, this song is almost poignant. There's even a reference to the late, great, Del Shannon!
From a creative standpoint, the quality and quantity of this CD reminded me a lot of Lenny Kravitz; another artist who's not afraid to explore all kinds of musical territory.
For someone in his or her 40's, CDs like Stunt are not only enjoyable to listen to, they're comforting in the sense that they make you realize that there's still good music out there, played on real instruments by real musicians, with lyrics that actually are lyrics; not adrenaline-laden screaming or repetitive common denominator rap rhyming.
If you're in the same age group as me, go get this CD. You won't regret it.
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