Album Review: Barenaked Ladies’ All in Good Time

In the interest of full disclosure I have been a a BNL fan for quite some time, roughly 12 years or so. I jumped on board with Stunt and quickly realizing that their early work is some of the best geek rock ever produced. I have seen them numerous times in concert and have always been relatively satisfied by their work (minus the kid’s album they did). With that out of the way let’s get to it.

All in Good Time is a mess. Most of the problem stems from the absence of co-lead singer Steven Page. Ed Robertson is a fantastic songwriter and has written many great songs with BNL but he has always had Page to work with and the two worked fantastic together. I know this may sound like a Page fan bashing Robertson but its not, All in Good Time is for the most part boring and at a couple points it is actually painful to listen to.

BNL has always had a quirky humor to them and it seems that with the departure of Page, Robertson and company decided to try to steer the ship in a different direction. Sadly that direction was a rocky cliff. The band seems like it wants to grow up from singing about Kraft macaroni and cheese or postcards sporting monkeys and that is all well and good but the songs they deliver just are not good.

All in Good Time is just not a good album although there is at least on shining moment (aside from when it ends), is the track “How Long”. The track has the feel of the original BNL and proves that Robertson can still write a good song but one song out of 15 is not a good batting average. It pains me to say it but the loss of Page may have been the death note to the band, here’s hoping that the band can find their direction after some good time on tour.

2 out of 5.

Top Songs: How Long

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