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Maybe You Should Drive
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CD SIRE, 45709-2, 12 Track
On this, their second major label release, Barenaked Ladies get romantic without slipping into sappy sentimentality. Wonderfully witty love songs like "Jane," "These Apples," "A," and "Alternative Girlfriend" explore the pitfalls of modern relationships with pointed candor and remarkable eloquence. Throughout, the troupe displays its expected high level of musicianship and vocal expertise, delivering full-bodied performances on every track. As always, Ed Robertson and Steven Page dominate the vocals, turning in particularly fabulous work on "Am I the Only One?" and "The Wrong Man Was Convicted." Perhaps the "hit" from this disc is "Life, In a Nutshell," a charming ditty about, surprisingly enough, a happy relationship. What bliss! --L.A. Smith
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Top Customer Reviews
For those of you who are new fans and like their newer, catchier, more pop-ish stuff that plays on the radio, there is some stuff on this cd for you, too.
And thirdly, for those of you who were recommended BNL but aren't sure if you like them, this is a good cd to start with because it contains both styles of music that they play: their non-mainstream hard-to-classify rock and their pop rock. If you like certain songs but not others on the cd, you'll know which other cds of theirs to buy.
Some highlights (rated out of 5):
1. Jane: 3 - also on their live cd. Live version is of course better
3. These Apples: 2 - never liked this one, too whiny. on the live cd, too
5. A: 4 - cutesy, catchy, but not annoying
6. Everything old...: 3 - cutesy, catchy, slightly annoying (more like the new stuff)
7. Alternative Girlfriend: 3 - little too catchy for me (new fans enjoy)
10. Life In A Nutshell: 5 - on the live cd but it's good to hear the original for contrast. They're both great but in different styles
11. Wrong Man: 5 - Great classic BNL
12. Great Provider: 5 - Great classic BNL
In short, fans of all types will find something to like in this album. The last three songs are the best. Life in a Nutshell is different from the live cd version, it's less up-beat.Read more ›
Possibly I'm prejudiced by the fact that I first saw the band in concert during the tour for this album. The sheer joy I got from seeing BNL live has always been linked in my mind with Maybe You Should Drive. "Jane," "Intermittently," "These Apples," "A," "Alternative Girlfriend," "Life, In A Nutshell"... all such strong, funny, bouncy, wild tunes... this album always seems fresh and new to me.
From "A": "A is for Algebra, I learned it in school/A is what Fonzie said cause he was very cool."
From "Jane," a pop culture reference so specific to the time of the recording, it was obscure 6 months later: "No promises as vague as Heaven/No Juliana next to my Evan."
And here is the entirety of "Little Tiny Song," a 62-second nugget of bizarreness from bassist Andrew Creggan: "Hey I'm a cow, I'm curious/Hey watch me now, I'm furious/Hey I'm a cow, I'm full of hate/Hey watch me now, I'm on your plate."
The songs and albums to follow Maybe You Should Drive were (and are) always good and often great, but this was the last BNL album that felt like 100% fun to me. You need to own it.
Most recent customer reviews
Two of the songs on this album (Everything Old is New Again and The Wrong Man Was Convicted) got me through a particularly difficult breakup with my girlfriend at the time. Read morePublished on July 4 2004
The Barenaked Ladies struck big with "Gordon" in 1992, introducing their trademark humor, cleverness, quirkiness, and excellent musical craftsmanship to become the... Read morePublished on May 5 2004
This gets four stars only because the wackiness that epitomized Gordon is totally gone in this follow-up album. Read morePublished on Nov. 4 2003 by Lavode
To this CD that is. Maybe You Should Drive and Stunt are my favorite BNL recordings. They are more mature than Gordon, but still pleasingly playfull. Read morePublished on Dec 13 2002 by T. SIMPSON
This is a decent fun loving rock album, but doesn't approach the lyrics, rhythms, or breadth of styles found on later albums. Read morePublished on Nov. 5 2002 by C. Williamson
I personally think Gordon (the first BNL album) is their best so far but this album is almost as good and an easy 5 stars! Read morePublished on Feb. 16 2002 by Carrick Underdown
Barenaked Ladies are by far my favorite band. That's why I've got to tell you to get any other CD of theirs before this one. Read morePublished on Nov. 1 2001 by D. Baldwin
This is the album by BNL which has sold the fewest copies... which mostly seems to be because people don't know about it. Read morePublished on Oct. 23 2001 by K. Callahan
Though no one seems to realize this album exists, it is one of the best CDs I own. Unlike so many other bands, the Barenaked Ladies manage to make each of their songs unique in... Read morePublished on July 15 2001 by Amanda Mauer