Barenaked Ladies All In Good Time
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- Released: March 30, 2010
- Label: Rasin Records
Entertainment Weekly - p.70"GOOD TIME retains the Ladies' goofy charm....Lightweight soul-rock jams..." -- Grade: B
Billboard (p.32) - "ALL IN GOOD TIME is a reflective and grown-up effort, with much of the poignancy but few of the comedic quirks that defined such early BNL hits as 'One Week.'"
- 1.You Run Away
- 3.Another Heartbreak
- 4.Four Seconds
- 5.On the Lookout
- 7.I Have Learned
- 8.Every Subway Car
- 10.How Long
- 11.Golden Boy
- 12.I Saw It
- 13.The Love We're In
- 14.Watching the Northern Lights
Personnel: Kevin Hearn (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, banjo, mandolin, harmonica, accordion, piano, celesta, keyboards, synthesizer, background vocals); Jim Creeggan (electric guitar, cello, piano, double bass, electric bass, background vocals); Tyler Stewart (drums, percussion, background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Bob Clearmountain.
Recording information: Canterbury Studios (04/2009-07/2009); Jimmy C's, Toronto, Canada (04/2009-07/2009).
Photographers: James Minchin III; Kevin Hearn.
Like many bands saddled with a novelty tag, maturity was never going to be easy for Barenaked Ladies, but their problems were compounded by the 2009 departure of Steven Page, one of the band's two main songwriters. The other, Ed Robertson, is the undisputed leader as of 2010's All in Good Time, but used to constant collaboration, he shares the spotlight with keyboardist Kevin Hearn and bassist Jim Creeggan, who combined sing five of the 14 songs here. It's not so much that Robertson is reluctant to seize control but rather that democracy is deeply ingrained in BNL's DNA, so much so that they couldn't use the departure of a co-founder as an excuse to restructure their workflow chart. What they could do -- and did indeed wind up doing -- is use Page's departure as a way to ease away from cutesy jokes and toward a candy-coated maturity, one that's all about shimmering surface instead of singalong chants. Sometimes the band still kicks up a little bit of a rhythm or snark -- the former in the diluted Foo Fighters homage "How Long," the latter in some not-so-veiled jabs at Page and the shambling country-rock deconstruction of "Jerome" -- but All in Good Time glides gently, offering well-tailored lifestyle music for settled Gen-Xers. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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