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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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Stunt's real pleasures are undercut by frenetic kitchen-sink arrangements and arch lyrics that suck the life from the tunes. -- Entertainment Weekly

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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 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 An Over 40 Perspective April 21 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Wildest Yet July 31 2001
Format:Audio CD
The Barenaked Ladies Have always been my favorite Pop Band since I heard this album. Being strange and different seemed to click with me with the Barenaked Ladies. Other strange bands have never done good in my opinion. After listening to thier other albums I believe that this is thier pinnacle album.
One Week: Great song. This song is the reason I wanted this album. Now that I have listened to all of the tracks this one only seems mediocre.
It's All Been Done: My Third Favorite song here and it never seems to get old and I could listen to it forever.
Light up my Room: A rather slow song, but I still like it. This song you have to let grow on you because it took me a little while to get used to it and actually like it.
I'll be that Girl: Good but not great this song is worth listening only a couple of times before it gets really annoying annd on your nerves
Leave: This song is better than the one before but not by much. A song like this would sound much better at the end of the album but it is a good song none the less.
Alcohol: My favorite song on this album with its eclectic sound, funny vocals, Strange guitar riffs, and the great piano at the very end. Eventhough it took me half a year to like this song it is now one of my favorites of all time.
Call and Answer: My second favorite song. Who cares if it is rather slow? This song is not really my style but I just can't seem to stop liking it. My most favorite part is at the very end when there is that great piano solo. It wouldn't hurt to also take a look at the lyrics.
In the Car: This song is to slow for my style and I really hate the lyrics and that is all I have to say about it.
Never is Enough: This song is pretty good if you know the probems of trying to keep a job.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bouncy Pop-Rock May 30 2001
Format:Audio CD
After trying to find their voice in Canada ever since the indie release of "Gordon" in 1992, the Barenaked Ladies hit the nail on the head with "Stunt" in 1998. Much of their earlier material ("Gordon") leaned heavily toward teen oriented pop. Further outings ("Maybe You Should Drive") hinted at a more mature sound. "Stunt" incorporates both and the result is totally satisfying. What the Ladies have gathered here is a collection of listenable, well-crafted songs suited to the grown-up audiences who first embraced them. The lead-off (and number 1 single) "One Week" is a piece of pop culture. Harmonies come together perfectly in "It's All Been Done". Despite the good intentions of "Alcohol", the song comes off sounding flat. The songs key to this album are the mature, thought-provoking ballad "Call And Answer"; the bouncy "Who Needs Sleep"; the closing dreamy "When You Dream"; and "I'll Be That Girl", complete with the perfect sound of accordion and a great sing-a-long chorus. This album is a great first introduction to the Ladies for the rest of the world. Great job.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Best or 2nd best BNL
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... Read more
Published on July 7 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of Gems on this Powerful 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... Read more
Published on Feb. 13 2004 by MZ
4.0 out of 5 stars BNL Goes Mainstream
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... Read more
Published on Nov. 4 2003 by Lavode
4.0 out of 5 stars Mood Music
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". Read more
Published on Oct. 6 2003 by T. Lobascio
5.0 out of 5 stars everything about this cd rocks!
I own a lot of cds just like everyone else and this is my absolute favorite! Each song is different, unusual and completely entertaining. Read more
Published on April 23 2003 by "niftysquirrel"
1.0 out of 5 stars actually I would give this negative 5 stars
Did you ever listen to a CD that made you want to kill the band slowly and painfully then do the same for anyone that listened to them? This is one of those CDs. Read more
Published on Oct. 12 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars Appraisal for: Stunt
Barenaked Ladies big-time "sort-of" debut album hit it big time with the songs "One Week" and "It's all been done" One Week has wild lyrics and a cool... Read more
Published on July 31 2002 by Jake Stanley
1.0 out of 5 stars Oh, how the mighty have fallen!
I have been a big, big, big fan since their early stuff. Back then BNL were like a breath of fresh air on the music scene. Now, it's like they aren't even trying. Read more
Published on June 28 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT!!
Ok, I'll admit I enjoyed Gordon most of all, but this album has more than enough to keep me smiling. Lots of playful humour and even some subtle parodying (One Week = Hey Macarana? Read more
Published on June 15 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT!!
Ok, I'll admit I enjoyed Gordon most of all, but this album has more than enough to keep me smiling. Lots of playful humour and even some subtle parodying (One Week = Hey Macarana? Read more
Published on June 15 2002
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