Track Listing 1. Celebrity 2. Maybe Katie 3. Another Postcard 4. Next Time 5. For You 6. Shopping 7. Testing 1,2,3 8. Upside Down 9. War on Drugs 10. Aluminum 11. Unfinished 12. Second Best 13. Take It Outside 14. Have You... more » Seen My Love? Details Producer: Ron Aniello Distributor: WEA (Distributor) Recording Type: Studio Recording Mode: Stereo SPAR Code: n/a Album Notes Barenaked Ladies: Kevin Hearn (vocals, acoustic & electric guitar, mandolin, accordion, piano, organ, keyboards, vibraphone, saw); Ed Robertson, Steven Page (vocals, acoustic & electric guitar); Jim Creegan (vocals, double-acoustic bass, electric bass); Tyler Stewart (vocals, drums, percussion). Additional personnel includes: Blue Man Group (percussion). Recorded at Royaltone Studios, North Hollywood, California between April & June 2003.« less
Track Listing 1. Celebrity 2. Maybe Katie 3. Another Postcard 4. Next Time 5. For You 6. Shopping 7. Testing 1,2,3 8. Upside Down 9. War on Drugs 10. Aluminum 11. Unfinished 12. Second Best 13. Take It Outside 14. Have You Seen My Love? Details Producer: Ron Aniello Distributor: WEA (Distributor) Recording Type: Studio Recording Mode: Stereo SPAR Code: n/a Album Notes Barenaked Ladies: Kevin Hearn (vocals, acoustic & electric guitar, mandolin, accordion, piano, organ, keyboards, vibraphone, saw); Ed Robertson, Steven Page (vocals, acoustic & electric guitar); Jim Creegan (vocals, double-acoustic bass, electric bass); Tyler Stewart (vocals, drums, percussion). Additional personnel includes: Blue Man Group (percussion). Recorded at Royaltone Studios, North Hollywood, California between April & June 2003.
Janis L. from TIBURON, CA Reviewed on 9/11/2006...
We love the Ladies!!!
"Everything" is Excellent
John | 11/15/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"OK now after 'Gordon' the Barenaked Ladies took a long time to get back on track. Don't get me wrong, 'Maybe You Should Drive' may be one of their best albums, and 'Born on A Pirate Ship' is remarkable as well, but neither album got the band where they wanted to go. 'Stunt' got them back on tack, followed by 'Maroon', enough to get them to a Greatest Hits record. Now, three years after 'Maroon', and eleven years and four albums after 'Gordon', the Barenaked Ladies may have recorded their best album yet, and here's why:Celebrity (9/10)- a great way to start the album in my opinion, serious yet humorous at points. this is a great way to show what most of the songs on the album are likeMaybe Katie (10/10) - best song on the album? possibly. same deal as 'Celebrity,' it is both serious and humorous, and has a catchy tune and strong chorus. ten/ten, nice job.Another Postcard (8/10) - things were going well, but this song i just don't get. the problem that BNL has is that their label chooses the dumbest singles. i think it's a funny song, so it is quite entertaining, and the beat is quite catchy. decent song, but they could do better, and they did.Next Time (9/10) - a perfect song to follow 'Another Postcard' because of the line: you can always get it right next time". indeed they did, and thank god the album doesn't have 14 Postcards in it, or 'Everything' wouldn't be anything but decentFor You (8/10)- not as good as Next Time, but good nonetheless. not much to say except it won't be on the repeat button too much, even though it beats 'Another Postcard.'Shopping (9/10) - catchy tune, funny lyrics = good BNL songTesting 1,2,3 (10/10) - one of the best on the album. serious, classy, and funny lyrics. i'm lovin this oneUpside Down (9/10) - i like the background especially, and the lyrics and vocals are superb. the album seems to keep going uphill.War on Drugs(10/10) - dark, deep, mysterious, serious. those four words don't usually fit with BNL, but this song is nothing short of stellar.Aluminum (9/10) - not much to say. sounds like a lot of their usual stuff, but i still seem to enjoy it.Unfinished (9/10) - maybe it was unfinished, because it could be better. i see so much potential in this song, especially if they could fix the chorus.Second Best (10/10) - the opening lines make this song worth the whole CD: "everything's a lie. we're all gonna die. before we say goodbye let's attack" GREAT song.Take it Outside (8/10) - i've given three Eights so far, and i think this one is more of an 8.5 of 8.6, but that's not what i do here. still a good song, but needs work.Have You Seen my Love? (7/10) - not a bad way to end an album, if you're trying to put me to sleep. i like everything BNL does, but this is just my all-time least favorite. 7 isn't bad for my least favorite song though ; )totals: 125/140 = 8.9/10 on aaverage"
"The past'll be presented, recast and reinvented.."
spiral_mind | Pennsylvania | 12/24/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"You could almost say that a pop band over a decade old has no right to be releasing such a strong and [shudder] mature album as Everything to Everyone. Or you could just be glad they're still capable of doing what they do so well. After all it's only a small step from silly to cartoonish, or witty to overblown, or sugary/catchy to fluffy. BNL have assembled one of the most impressive pop catalogues around not only by having a knack for funny radio-friendly singalongs, but by usually walking that line without tipping too far to the wrong side. The lyrics are clever and often humorous, but only cross into self-parody if it's intentional. They can be serious and they can be wacky.. but most of all they can laugh at themselves right along with the rest of us.
After their last two offerings Maroon and Stunt (which are also mostly strong picks) the Ladies put a good helping of time and effort into E2E, and it shows. The result is that intriguing rarity: a strong pop record that benefits from being grown over time with good attention to detail. It's got enough hooks and irresistible choruses that it'll snag your ears right away, but there's a freshness & staying power underneath the hummability. The usual goofiness that's been a BNL trademark since "If I Had $1000000" coexists nicely with the likes of "War on Drugs" and "Have You Seen My Love," which are lovely ballads almost as simple and honest as you could ask for.. a skillful balance that only the best pop (think Ben Folds or Kevin Gilbert) achieves.
The sound is nicely varied without losing the sense of fun. "Another Postcard" is a semi-fast chant that's almost half rap (all the more silly considering that such lyrics aren't usually about, say, chimps in swimsuits). "Upside Down" is driven by a sinuous middle-eastern melody on accordion, which would be nutty enough to fit the absurdist lyrics even if they didn't toss in some screwy odd time changes. "For You" has a tinge of country; "Next Time" would almost be a sweet 60s-style waltz if the words weren't so cynical; "Shopping" shoots directly for the realm of mindless synth/techno and then overshoots, becoming something even more ridiculous. And for that song it's precisely what belongs.
Any one of their last three offerings is a great choice, whether you're new to the band or not, but I say this is the pick of the bunch. Who knew maturity could still be so much fun?"
Yeah, I love it.
Buzzipper | Winterport, ME United States | 10/27/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I didn't expect to like this CD as much as Maroon, which I thought was a terrific album, especially in the wake of the commercial onslaught of Stunt. And I didn't expect to like this CD as much as Born on a Pirate Ship, which has always been my favorite BnL album, as it was the first one I bought and the one I cut my teeth on. Now, of course, I have all their albums, including the live one and the greatest hits package. So I sat down with my copy of the NEW BnL, with a plate full of high expectations, and a half-hearted smile, not daring to love it too much, not daring to laugh at it too much. But after listening to it, I'm quite sure that they've made their best album, maybe not because it's all brand new and wild like Gordon, or subdued and solemn like Maybe You Should Drive, or as experimental and eclectic as Pirate Ship, or as commercial as anything since, but because, I think, they are finally making music that is based on everything they've done, with the satisfactory smirk that says now they can do whatever they want. Can't wait until the next greatest hits package. I think they'll be around long enough to warrant a boxed set."
What a great CD!
Eric S. Brown | 11/11/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Initially, I was dreading the release of new material from BnL. In my opinion, Maroon was the greatest album the band has ever done, and to top that would be a monumental feat, but, the Ladies have put an end to my fears. E2E is an amazing album, from the seemingly silly but actually quite deep Shopping, to the undisputed best track on the album, the 5:33 "War on Drugs". This song, in the vein of other great melancholy songs by BnL like "Break Your Heart", "Call and Answer" and "When I Fall", is a classic. It's is five straight minutes of unparalleled musical beauty. Everything about the song amazes me, and Steven Page displays some of his best singing to date on this track. Also notable tracks are "Upside Down", which, with its somewhat starnge musical genre and the Jim Creegan and Co. String opening, is a song that will have you dancing on the office floor, and "Maybe Katie", a catchy little tune that's sure to get stuck in your head. BnL should be proud of themselves, E2E is one of the best CD's I've listened to in quite some time."