Everything to Everyone

Everything to Everyone

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by Barenaked Ladies
     
 

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The cover of the latest effort from these Canadian comic-rockers is festooned with a white flag of surrender -- something which, when taken in tandem with the weary title, might point to exasperation with living in the material world. Well, the Ladies haven't lost their sense of humor -- not by a long shot -- but fairly wide swaths of Everything for Everyone

Overview

The cover of the latest effort from these Canadian comic-rockers is festooned with a white flag of surrender -- something which, when taken in tandem with the weary title, might point to exasperation with living in the material world. Well, the Ladies haven't lost their sense of humor -- not by a long shot -- but fairly wide swaths of Everything for Everyone cut more like barbed wire than funny bone-tickling feathers. "Second Best," for instance, trades traditional Canuck self-effacement for a prideful take on why it might be better not to strive to be top dog at all times. Likewise, "Shopping" offers a wry look at consumerist culture -- but stops short of going for punch lines at every turn. That's not to say that Everything for Everyone is a downer: There's still plenty of barbed humor, evidenced in the winking "Celebrity" and "War on Drugs," and plenty of snappy instrumental interplay as well. The disc is a bit less eclectic than, say, Maroon, but it also delves into the poignant, mellifluous pop the band is capable of at their best, most effectively on the beckoning "Maybe Katie." While there doesn't seem to be an instant top ten hit (à la "One Week") in residence here, Everything for Everyone doesn't fall all that far short of offering what the title ironically promises.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - MacKenzie Wilson
Barenaked Ladies took their time in following up their almost commercial flop Maroon. Having Don Was in the production seat wasn't enough to flesh out Barenaked Ladies' bright musical humor, although "Pinch Me" and "Falling for the First Time" were moderate radio hits. Opting to shake things up (as much as they can for being jokesters), Barenaked Ladies hooked up with Ron Aniello (Guster, Lifehouse, Loudermilk) three years later for Everything to Everyone. A dynamic mix of the band's special branded wit and bittersweet reflections, Barenaked Ladies show their age on their fifth release. Don't fret -- growing up isn't easy to do, but some members of the band are daddies and BNL crafted a set of songs in a post-September 11th society. Instead of mocking themselves and refraining from harshly criticizing the arena that's made them popular, BNL subtlety ridicules corporate excess. If the title itself doesn't give that away, songs like "Celebrity" and the techno-inflected "Shopping" will. Those smart enough to get the slyness hiding inside the joke will be amused by Everything to Everyone and the poignant lyrics for which Steven Page and Ed Robertson are known. "War on Drugs" is a somber reflection and "Next Time" is that second chance you're always hoping will be there. Everything to Everyone is probably Barenaked Ladies' most honest album -- always touching, but serious and completely open for the first time in their 15-year career. Several artists have made attempts to spoof the celebrity-obsessed world in which we live, but Barenaked Ladies succeed in keeping things simple. Sure, their classic charm will forever be a part of them, but wising up to make a point is what's real. If you can laugh in the process, all the better. [A CD/DVD edition with special packaging and artwork is also available. The DVD, which allows the listener to hear the album in surround sound, includes behind-the-scenes material from the studio, 11 acoustic songs, and five Internet bonus clips.]

Product Details

Release Date:
10/21/2003
Label:
Reprise / Wea
UPC:
0093624820925
catalogNumber:
48209

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Barenaked Ladies   Primary Artist
Ron Aniello   Banjo,Percussion,Electric Guitar
Charlie Bisharat   Violin
Larry Corbett   Cello
Joel Derouin   Violin
Tyler Stewart   Percussion,Drums,Vocals,Group Member
Jim Creeggan   Electric Bass,Vocals,Double Bass,Group Member
Steven Page   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Eric Sarafin   Choir, Chorus
Kevin Hearn   Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Piano,Accordion,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Saw,Vibes,Group Member
Phil Stanton   Percussion
Brian Scott   Percussion
Annabelle Hill   Choir, Chorus
Chris Bowen   Percussion
Matt Goldman   Percussion
Chris Wink   Percussion
Chris Wonzer   Choir, Chorus
Yvonne Gallegos   Vocals
Keith Rudyk   Choir, Chorus
Ed Robertson   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Group Member

Technical Credits

Chris Woods   Cover Painting
Jonathan Abrams   Office Coordinator
Ron Aniello   Producer
Ed Thacker   Engineer
Jim Creeggan   Composer,String Arrangements
Steven Page   Composer
Suzie Katayama   String Contractor
Eric Sarafin   Engineer
Tim Oberthier   Engineer
Kevin Hearn   Composer
Clint Roth   Engineer
Phil Mucci   Collage
Ed Robertson   Composer
Rob Aniello   Producer

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Everything to Everyone 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Again, BNL rocks our world! Though they might have done two terrible songs on this CD (Another Postcard, Maybe Katie), the other songs, such as Unfinished and Upside Down, make up for it. Best songs: 1,4,5,7,8,10-14.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love BNL but.. are we sure " Everything to Everyone" was written by BNL??? The same band of Brian Wilson, Jane, Break your Heart, Hello City etc??? No..they are different! I was very dissapointed in listening this album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album was a pleasant surprise. I have all of their other albums and listened to Gordon-Pirate Ship frequently in college. Those albums are great but I have grown to prefer BNL's more serious side which it seems appears more and more on each new album. This album doesn't change that trend. With the exception of "Another Postcard" and the absolutely terrible "Shopping" the album is full of entertaining songs that offer more than one line jokes and plays on words. I can see how some fans of old BNL may be dissapointed in this album but I think it is one of their better offerings.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Those talented lads from Toronto have done it again -- created a smart, musical, entertaining CD that makes you think while you listen. "Shopping" is classic BNL, ranking right up there with anything from Gordon, Maybe You Should Drive and Pirate Ship. The Ladies again prove that not only are the super musicians, but very bright storytellers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The latest release from BNL is significant departure from previous albums. If you're looking for the happy/fun BNL of previous years, look elsewhere. The album could aptly be titled "Nothing to Anyone." Attempts to spoof commercialism and celebrity fall flat. Words to describe the album: disappointing, uneventful and anticlimatic. The more I listen to it, the more it disappoints.
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