ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Everything to Everyone
Love ’em or hate ’em, the Barenaked Ladies are
back with Everything to Everyone, a satirical and entertaining
The great thing about the Ladies is they don’t care;
this album is clearly intended for die-hard fans who appreciate
BNL’s clever social commentary.
Those who judge the Ladies for their chronically poor choices
regarding single releases are missing out on the gems. With
the exception of the song about chimps, Ed Robertson and Steven
Page have written an album of clever anecdotes about socio-political
issues such as commercialism, capitalism and terrorism. The
track “Celebrity” is written as a “Take that!” to
those who have often accused the band of selling out for fame,
an ironic critique considering the messages in their new album.
In the bubble-gum pop world, the Barenaked Ladies stand out
as a nerdy yet refreshing alternative — if you just give
them a chance.
Young and Sexy
Life Through One Speaker
Though the fragile male vocals and wistful female vocals often
get compared to the boy-girl dynamic of Belle & Sebastian,
Vancouver's Young and Sexy tend to forgo the cute, French-influenced,
retro-pop their Scottish peers are known for and instead look
to '70s soft-rock, British shoegazers and the expanse of the
countryside to create their joyfully lonely music.
Life Through One Speaker is as instantly catchy as the band's
debut, but there also seems to be an impetus to make a bit
more noise. Electric guitars are more prominent on songs like "One
False Move," which begins as a loungy, laidback number, while
the layers of guitar on the gorgeous epic "In This Atmosphere" drown
the space in an urgent whine.
But never is Speaker a completely guitar-dependent album and
the band adeptly balances the loud with their soft keyboards
and coy singing to come up with a sublimely sexy record.