Grinning Streak CD (2013)

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Label Welk Music Group
SKU 249525459
UPC 015707829427
UPC 14 00015707829427
Format CD
Release Date 6/4/2013
Author Barenaked Ladies
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Associated Artist/Work Cornbread Red
Technical Info
Producer Gavin Brown
CatalogID 1570782942
Lable Name Vanguard
Released 06/17/2013
Original Release 2013
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 44m : 45s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00015707829427
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Ed Robertson (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, background vocals); Kevin Hearn (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, banjo, mandolin, accordion, melodica, piano, celesta, keyboards, synthesizer, background vocals); Jim Creeggan (double bass, electric bass, background vocals); Tyler Stewart (drums, percussion, background vocals).
Recording information: Jimmy C's, Toronto (01/2013-02/2013); Noble Street Studios, Toronto (01/2013-02/2013); Revolution Recording, Toronto (01/2013-02/2013); Jimmy C's, Toronto (03/2013-04/2013); Noble Street Studios, Toronto (03/2013-04/2013); Revolution Recording, Toronto (03/2013-04/2013); Jimmy C's, Toronto (05/2012); Noble Street Studios, Toronto (05/2012); Revolution Recording, Toronto (05/2012).
Photographer: David Leyes.
The Barenaked Ladies' 11th studio album, 2013's Grinning Streak, finds the band sticking with the polished, mature sound they delved into on 2010's All in Good Time. The second album the band has released since splitting with lead singer/songwriter Steven Page in 2009, Grinning Streak is also the band's first for Vanguard. Once again, longtime singer/songwriter Ed Robertson takes most of the spotlight here, with keyboardist Kevin Hearn getting one self-penned turn at the mike. Clearly, with Page having been such a huge part of the band's sound, Barenaked Ladies had a tough time rethinking their identity. Smartly, with All in Good Time, rather than trying to replace Page, the band moved in a more subdued, mature direction, making the most of Robertson's longstanding knack for writing particularly playful, but nonetheless heartfelt alt-rock anthems about love, loss, and the intimate little details that make up our lives. The band sticks to this approach on Grinning Streak with thoughtfully crafted arrangements that mix melodic pop with liberal electronic flourishes. In fact, the album has a bit of an ironic title, as the songs generally feature a tone of poignant reflection. Which isn't to say that the band has lost its sense of humor. On the contrary, it's still there, but with more of a melancholy edge than when the band was an MTV favorite in the late '90s and early 2000s. To these ends, we get a handful of immediately hummable folk-pop tunes including "Boomerang" and the jaunty, lite-rap, feel-good anthem "Odds Are." While these songs certainly carry a bit more emotional weight than much of BNL's past hits, they also reveal a hopefulness. On "Odds Are," Robertson sings, "Sure, things can go wrong/ But I'll take my chances/Odds are long, so why not play." Ultimately, while the toothy smiles might be wiped off the faces of Robertson and the rest of the Barenaked Ladies' faces, Grinning Streak reveals that their hearts remains firmly on their sleeves. ~ Matt Collar
Professional Reviews
Mojo (Publisher) (p.88) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Opener 'Limits' is propulsive and all metaphor....'Boomerang' is better still..."
Disc 1
1 Limits
2 Boomerang
3 Off His Head
4 Gonna Walk
5 Odds Are
6 Keepin' It Real
7 Give It Back to You
8 Best Damn Friend
9 Did I Say That Out Loud?
10 Daydreamin'
11 Smile
12 Crawl
Product Attributes
Artist Barenaked Ladies
Label Welk Music Group
Music Format Compact Disc

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