Barenaked Ladies

Stunt

8.0
Nez kāpēc man vēl nesen šķita, ka šis ieraksts ir absolūti bezvērtīgs deviņdesmito gadu koledžroks, lai gan patiesībā tas ir gluži jaukām meldijām bagāts un brīžiem pat lielisks koledžroks. Vai runa būtu par populārakajām dziesmām - muļķīgi dorkisko "One Week" (kuru nesaprotu, kāpēc vajadzēja parodēt Weirdam Al Yankovicam) un dzeršanas himnai (protams, ar ironijas elementu) "Alcohol"; vai mazāk populārajām, bet nebūt ne mazāk lieliskajām "It`s All Been Done", "I`ll be that girl", "Never is Enough" un "When You Dream". Protams, viņi ir mazliet tādi kā komēdijrokeri un nav gluži ņemami tik ļoti par pilnu kā singers/songwriters, viņu melodiskie triki nav fenomenāli, bet viņus dziesmas ir vienkāršas un skaistas, apvienojot labāko no "Weezer" un "Fountains of Wayne" piedāvātā, neizliekoties esam nopietnāki nekā viņi patiesībā ir, reizēm uztrāpot uz kādas emocionālākas nots (it īpaši "When you dream", kas man pat atsauc prātā Pink Floyd "One of my turns), pārējo laiku vienkārši domājot par to, lai man kā klausītājam būtu labāks noskaņojums.
2007-08-01 00:00:00
music, 1998

Barenaked for the Holidays

6.5
Why am I so rarely satisfied with what I read, watch or hear? I`m not really sure about that. Probably, my standards for the world are plainly too high, otherwise I may be an ego-obsessed maniac. Still I can`t find force within me to say that this album is particulary good. Barenaked Ladies is a fun pop/rock act that got popular (at least I got to know about it) with the titles "One Week" and "Alcohol". And since they are keen on recording goofy songs, so is this Christmas album full of goofieness. And it`s all right with me, for I wouldn`t give up my life for blasphemy upon hearing a funny version of "Jingle Bells". Which by the way, is one of the best songs on the entire disc - switching to a sappy and sad beginning into a funny ending with silly lyrics. Then comes "Green Christmas" - an original composition of the Ladies and it`s also quite good. Everyone says it`s cool that they used Casio sintesators in some songs, but I say - it`s ok. Still, all the songs about Hannukah are lame (and not because of the context but because of the music and singing). And if I needed to compare this album to "Warten auf das Christkind" by `Die Toten Hosen` which also is a parody X-mas album, I`d say the Germans come out on top. There`s simply not enough diverse songs on this album here. (but while relistening to it right now I decided that it actually isn`t as bad as I thought it was)
2004-12-09 00:00:00
music, 2004