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Everything to Everyone

An album by Barenaked Ladies

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Catchy Melodies

  • Nov 1, 2003
Its amazing how many people are so hard on the Barenaked Ladies. This fine Canadian band consistently puts out fine recordings without making their fans wait terribly long for new material.

The melodies from this fine band are very ear friendly with sophisticated pop stylings. Next Time to my ears is the best tune on this collection with its fine instrumental arrangements, super harmony vocals, and strong song structure. Shopping is another cute tune making fun of materialistic people. Second Best is a good driving rocker and Testing 1,2,3 has some noteworthy harmonies and lyrics.

Some of the musical arrangements are less varied than on Stunt and even Maroon. Also some of the songs are a little similar to recordings on these aforementioned CD's. Nonetheless that is not such a bad thing as these two CD's were very good recordings. A little more growth would be nice. However, this is very good music with a nice touch of humor.

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From its tongue-in-cheek cover art on down, Barenaked Ladies’s Everything to Everyone is a surprisingly tough-minded survey of early 21st-century culture. Often accused of being too clever for their own good, Toronto’s Ladies here provide a good deal of subtlety along with the expected tunefulness and genre-hopping. "Testing 1,2,3" is a complex song about nostalgia, singing in a rock & roll band that’s loved for perhaps narrow reasons, and watching one’s ex-girlfriend find a new lover. "Maybe Katie" presents two different views of the male fear of commitment before dropping a key bit of information about its title subject. And "Shopping" is a fist-in-velvet-glove tune in the tradition of the Housemartins’s "Happy Hour;" could its happy-go-lucky chorus be a skewering of George W. Bush’s pro-commerce response to Sept. 11? At the very least, it demonstrates that these guys fully understand the art and the implications of being all things to all people. -- Rickey Wright
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Music, Pop, Rock, Albums, Rock Albums, Barenaked Ladies


Release Date: October 21, 2003
Label: Reprise, WEA
Artist: Barenaked Ladies

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