Summary of Barenaked Ladies best work. (Work in progress)

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This is a list of what i consider to be the best material from Canadian band Barenaked Ladies.

Why I Love Them : First BNL song i heard must of been One Week but i didn't take much notice, saying that i wasn't really old enough to be into music back then. However in 2004/5 i heard "Pinch Me" on an episode of scrubs, and i loved it. I picked up the album it came from, Maroon, and that soon became my favourite album of all time. During this time i was in college, and that album became the soundtrack (later along with Garden state ST) to my college life. Be it dossing around on a given break or working at a computer, maroon was pumping through my headphones. I later got all their studio albums (expect BNL are Men) and i still love this band. How they can switch from crazy fun songs to serious songs so effortlessly still suprises me. It's not like they are good at one thing then the other style of songs are crap, both styles are brilliant, qaulity songs of that genre.

NOTE : I have yet to hear BNL Are Men [Album]

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No Order

The Wrong Man Was Convicted
I think due to the energy BNL give to their more upbeat songs , i found myself not taking as much notice to their lighter side. I'm so glad i started to take notice, as ballads go, The Wrong Man Was Convicted is outstanding. Perhaps their best ballad, personal lyrics sang with heart. Their is a certain warmth that comes from this track, its heartbreaking and the lyrics springled with just a bit of spite, it's a powerful song.

In the Car
I didn't get this song at first. i thought it was trying to be funny, however once you see it for how its meant, its a moving listening experience. Brutally honest, however musically upbeat. A great mix

Go Home
To me this might be the ultimate feel good song. Sure its about being away from your loved one or possibly unrequited love, but its really about the joy of love and the feelings it brings. It's about not wanting to be with anyone else and doing anything to be with that special person. Musically its pure energy , speeding through at 2 1/2 minutes, one of BNL's best without a doubt.

The Old Apartment
This is a very interesting song, its musically upbeat and exciting, yet the lyrics are about the past and regret, however it all seems in good nature. One of my personal faves, i'm not sure i can pinpoint why either, i find it a sad song, yet an upbeat song.

Brian Wilson
In many ways, this is a just an in-joke but in form of a song. It starts of quite sombre, but picks up during the latter sections of the song. It's clever, its well constructed, the lyrics are brilliant.

Helicopters
A layered and clever song. It's lyrically great, it paints a strog picture in your mind. It's very descriptive and all the better for it. I'm a big fan of this one for sure.

Light up My Room
Very underrated in my opinion. I personally like it as it reminds me of a place i used to spend some great times at as a kid in summertime. So i know that can't be aplied to everyone, but it is a great track that breezes along. It's not bold or striking, its not lyrically note worthy, but it's just a well made song.

Break Your Heart
Brilliant lyrics, sung brilliantly. I love the message of the song and the turn around. The moment where it switches to the woman in the relationship saying that its ok and if he wants to end it , just end it, says she says "my heart will be fine, just stop wasting my time".Then the big booming moment of freedom on the part of the guy "And now, i know that you will be ok and that ive got what i want, and thats rid of you " its a stroke of lyrical genius by BNL. To me this song is like climbing a hill. You have to put extra effort in to get to the top and over the other side, and that blast of energy where he screams the lyrics is like the last push to get to the other side. in a song that really before that breezes along rather underwhelmingly, it suddenly pounds into action and causes the rest of the song to fit into place and the genius of the song is therefore revealed.

Call and Answer
Emotionally draining song. It's beautiful, awesome vocals by page.

Off the Hook
Very well sung, lyrics are fantastic and all together great track.

Box Set
Clever lyrics, fun.

Pinch Me
Awesome chorus, great lyrics all around.

Another Postcard
I'm mainly refering to the accoustic version found as a bonus track on certain versions of "Everything to Everyone" (studio version is fine, ive just heard it less). Fun lyrics, its totally bonkers but if you're willing to have a little fun, this song is awesome.

War on Drugs
Powerful ballad, beautiful lyrics and great chorus.

Sell Sell Sell
I love the drums on this track at the beginning, the lyrics are some of BNL's best, it has a certain epic feel. Big fan of this track

Tonight Is the Night I Fell Asleep at the Wheel
wow. what an unusual idea for a song, but boy does it work. it takes its time, it builds up and it works brilliantly. Also second song Hidden Sun (not on all versions of the album) (which for the longest time i thought was part of the song) well whether it is or isn't, it works brilliantly with it.

I Live With It Every Day
the verses are ok , i mustsay i'm not a big fan of how it starts upbeat'ish then goes slower then back again, but its still good. However that chorus. The way Page sings "I Live With It Every Day" awesome. One of his best and overlooked vocal performances, for a song that on the surface seems pretty throwaway, he puts a lot of underplayed energy into that chorus. makes it for me, a memorable track

The Flag
wow so strong. what a great ballad. I'm not too sure i like the bit where it goes "there goes a...there goes a..." purely really i guess for it being such a change, plus i'm not sure i get the lyrical intent in relation to the song. My guess would be maybe its the person involved in this relationship, once free, embracing the little details of life, but i'm just guessing here. great song anyway

Peterborough and the Kawarthas

Blame It On Me

Bank Job

All great choices.

I'm the same as you in that I started really only paying attention to BNL's upbeat numbers, but as I listened to the albums more and more I started to take more notice of the ballads. Songs like "Break Your Heart", "Wrong Man", even the trip-hoppy "Conventioneers", started to improve with repeated listens as I paid more attention to the lyrics. And I listened to "In The Car" a lot this summer, for some reason, which also sounds a little throwaway if you don't pay attention.

I still rate the catchy, witty songs like "Life, in a Nutshell" and "Go Home" as my favourites. But clearly BNL excel at the slower stuff too.

Break Your Heart is awesome. I love that bit where he just shouts the lyrics, amazing. oh yeah i think we've spoken about this before but "Conventioneers" is isanely underrated, i love that track.

Life, in a Nutshell is one of tracks i haven't heard a lot but it is great. fast paced, fun and joyful.

Haven't listened to BNL in a while. I agree with "Brian Wilson" - that song is just amazing. The other one I really liked was "Call and Answer", kind of sappy in a bad way, but I always get taken by it.

Call and answer is outstanding, i really like the bit where he sings

"i'm warning you don't ever do those crazy messed up things that you do, if you ever do i'll promise you i'll be the first to crucify you"

great lyrics in my book.

Most definitely. Love them.

I see you've added some more, including "Tonight Is The Night I Fell Asleep At The Wheel", which is funny as I was planning to mention it to you. I was just listening to it, and boy do I love it. Especially the way the conceit of the narrator's girlfriend being "the last thing on [his] mind" changes as the song goes on.

on paper such a song like that shouldn't work, it's an odd one but it really does. oh yes i too love that lyric and shift. something quite special about that song indeed