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Barenaked Ladies ~ Gordon
On this, their debut recording for a major label, Canada's quirkiest musical troupe introduced the world to their unique blend of scathing humour, skilful musicianship, and flat-out fun. Packed with songs that have become anthems to their adoring fans, Gordon is practically a collection of Barenaked Ladies' greatest hits. This CD features "Brian Wilson", an homage to the biggest Beach Boy and an exploration of the relationship between art and neurosis; "Be My Yoko Ono", a musician's entreaty to his winsome muse; "Box Set", a relentless indictment of one-hit wonders and washed-up rockers; and the staple sing-along "If I Had $1,000,000", which you can walk around humming all day without getting bored. Literally every song on this disc features the intelligent lyrics, tight arrangements, and astonishing vocalisations that BNL have made their stock-in-trade. It's a winner all the way around. --L.A. Smith
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Musicianship is rare these days in the mainstream market. With "Gordon" Barenaked Ladies demonstrate that you can expose people to the wonders of great musicality and still keep them interested. This is not to say that musicality in it's purest forms are not interesting ie. classical, jazz (I actually prefer the two). But to say that for the pop-culture ear, this record has a lot to offer, and shows us the reward of what true musical dedication can bring.
When I met the girl who would one day become my wife, our first road trip together, she put in a tape - thinking I'd have no idea what it was - and we both sang along to Brian Wilson and all the other songs. I guess you could say it brought us together.
This CD RARELY ever leaves my 10 disc changer. It's there for road trips and trips on Tuesday at 9:30 to the late night record store.
Of course we also have bought all the other BNL CDs through the years. Amy (my wife) loves Maybe You Should Drive, but I keep coming back to Gordon as the best CD in the bunch.
I would also recommend the new CD, Maroon, as it is fun and yet deep at the same time. The Ladies have great senses of humor, timing and yet are sensitive and interesting.
The music is great, the lyrics are great, and the combination is addictive. If I were ever to lose this CD and not be able to find another copy, I would be crushed.
Let's put it this way - if I were going to a dessert island and could only take X amount of CDs, this would be in the top 5!
Most recent customer reviews
The Barenaked Ladies debut release (or at least their major label debut) "Gordon" remains my favorite from the group. Read morePublished on Jan. 28 2011 by Dave_42
Even tho I haven't brought this yet. I can tell it's gonna be great-just-wait-or-is-it-too-little, too late...never mind. I'm buying this CD partly because of, If I Had $1000000. Read morePublished on June 1 2004
This cd is the best in my opinon of all the work's by B.N.L.
Stunt and maroon just do do not measure up to Gordon. Read more
The Barenaked Ladies, no question, are one of the best bands in alternative music. When so much alt-rock today is just DMB and Nirvana knock-offs, (not to mention lyrics that any... Read morePublished on May 4 2004
One thing about the Barenaked Ladies is that they're really hilarious guys, and their humor shines through in their music and concerts especially. Read morePublished on April 26 2004 by I ain't no porn writer
The first time I heard this album, I thought it was a greatest hits album because I'd never heard of BNL. Read morePublished on April 6 2004 by Thomas
I've always liked these guys but I recently listened to this CD for the first time in its entirety and I was blown away. Read morePublished on March 16 2004
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