Barenaked Ladies release All In Good Time and it sounds kinda good without Steven Page actually

For a band that has been together over two decades, how do you regroup when one of your founding members develops a cocaine habit, gets arrested in upstate New York, becomes a megalomaniac and quits the band? For the new four-piece Barenaked Ladies, they seem to be moving on just fine. Suck on that, Steven Page.

Somewhat surprisingly, the Ed Robertson led Barenaked Ladies sans Steven Page sounds more mature and developed, and it’s actually quite refreshing to see the band explore a more serious side to their music. And what’s nice is to hear Kevin Hearn and Jim Creeggan step up and provide lead vocals for 5 of the tracks.

You can listen to the entire album free here via Lala:

With the exception of the fairly ridiculous sounding Four Seconds and the give-the-kids-what-they-are-expecting power pop of Golden Boy, the rest of this album definitely doesn’t sound like Barenaked Ladies. Admittedly this may turn off some long time fans, but you have to admire Ed Robertson and crew for trying to regroup and move forward.

Their first single, You Run Away is obvs about Steven Page, right?

Traumatic events leading up to the recording of this record seem to be a running theme. Robertson, who takes over lead vocal duties on 9 of the 14 tracks, wound up crashing his small plane a month after Steven Page was arrested. His wife and two other people were on board. Then a few months later, Robertson’s mother passed away. Then a few months later, Steven Page quit the band.

via Entertainment Weekly

In what order did these three major events occur, with Steve leaving the band, and your mom passing away, and your plane crash?
Well. I would include Steve’s arrest in the events. So it went arrest, plane crash, mom passing away, and then parting ways with Steve.

First of all, I’m really sorry. But was there a point in there where you thought about just chucking the whole thing?
For 20 minutes, yeah, kind of right around the new year of 2009. It just seemed like there was a lot of negativity swirling around. But it was about kinda taking stock and going, Man, we’ve done a lot of really great things with this band. We’ve gotta find a way to do it and enjoy it again.

So what was the key?
Rediscovering positivity and the creative process. Enjoying the shows, and enjoying the music. It was a real kind of rebirth moment for us, I think the rest of the album rides the line of catchy folky poppy canadian rock and tender well-constructed ballads.

So I have to wonder, whose record will sound most like the Barenaked Ladies we’ve known over the years? This Ed Robertson led effort, or The Steven Page solo record that’s due out in Summer of 2010?

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