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All Music Guide - Matt Collar
Steven Page's 2010 album Page One is the singer's first all-original solo effort since parting ways with his longtime band the Barenaked Ladies in 2009. As such, it showcases Page's long-acknowledged powerful tenor croon and knack for literate, catchy songs that teeter between darkly sardonic and romantically bittersweet ruminations on love and life. Page One is also a solid return to pop form for the singer, whose 2008 arrest for cocaine possession (the charges were later reduced to misdemeanors), while perhaps not the main reason for his split with the band he co-founded, nonetheless seemed like the tip of an iceberg of creative and personal issues that had, until then, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Matt Collar
Steven Page's 2010 album Page One is the singer's first all-original solo effort since parting ways with his longtime band the Barenaked Ladies in 2009. As such, it showcases Page's long-acknowledged powerful tenor croon and knack for literate, catchy songs that teeter between darkly sardonic and romantically bittersweet ruminations on love and life. Page One is also a solid return to pop form for the singer, whose 2008 arrest for cocaine possession (the charges were later reduced to misdemeanors), while perhaps not the main reason for his split with the band he co-founded, nonetheless seemed like the tip of an iceberg of creative and personal issues that had, until then, remained largely hidden from fans. Page addresses these issues most directly on the epic lead-off track "A New Shore," where he sings, "As captain of this merry band of sailors/I'm a black mark, I'm a failure/So before you watch me drown/I'm relinquishing command/for something I don't understand/This man's about to turn his whole life upside down." It's a grandly pyrrhic, bold, and candid statement of purpose on an album littered with bold, often awkward candid sentiments, and sets the listener up perfectly for what is yet to come. Tracks like the sparkling power pop meets cocktail lounge jazz of "Indecision" and the rollicking Morrissey-esque "Marry Me" should appeal to longtime Barenaked Ladies fans. Elsewhere, Page waxes wistfully jaded on the ballad "All the Young Monogamists." It's a wicked little Randy Newman-style chamber pop number, replete with strings, in which Page, the older and wiser lover, reveals the fallacies of monogamy and pop music, only to eventually come to the final admission, " But here we are, monogamists a-swearing it will last/I know it seems ridiculous considering our pasts/But I will always be true to you." Page could be addressing his disillusioned BNL fans here as much as any current flame. However, if the album is any indication, his fans needn't worry. He may have lost the plot for a bit, but Page is back and his pop sensibility remains sarcastically, unsparingly intact.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/19/2010
  • Label: Zoe Records
  • UPC: 601143114328
  • Catalog Number: 431143
  • Sales rank: 69,588

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 A New Shore (3:49)
  2. 2 Indecision (2:55)
  3. 3 Clifton Springs (4:36)
  4. 4 Entourage (3:24)
  5. 5 Marry Me (2:26)
  6. 6 All the Young Monogamists (3:21)
  7. 7 She's Trying To Save Me (3:52)
  8. 8 Over Joy (3:39)
  9. 9 If You Love Me (3:42)
  10. 10 Leave Her Alone (3:45)
  11. 11 Queen of America (3:08)
  12. 12 The Chorus Girl (5:37)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Steven Page Primary Artist, Guitar, Percussion, Glockenspiel, Keyboards, Vocals
Brian Gallagher Clarinet, Flute
John Fields Bass, Guitar, Mandolin, Accordion, Drums, Keyboards
Dave Jensen Trumpet
Kathy Jensen Baritone Saxophone
Michael Nelson Trombone
Tim Pierce Banjo, Guitar
Steve Strand Trumpet
Pete Thomas Percussion, Drums
Ken Chastain Percussion
Kevin Fox Cello, Choir, Chorus
Esthero Vocals
Stephen Lu Keyboards
Dorian Crozier Drums
Glen Phillips Vocals
Bryden Baird Piano, Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Glockenspiel, Choir, Chorus
Jesse Baird Percussion, Drums, Choir, Chorus, E Flat Horn
Kenny Holmen Flute, Tenor Saxophone
Jay Baird Bass, Clarinet, Choir, Chorus
Karen Graves Flute, Violin, Choir, Chorus
Matthew Page Choir, Chorus
Jonah Page Choir, Chorus
Isaac Page Choir, Chorus
Emily Page Choir, Chorus
Christine Munn Vocals
Benjamin Page Choir, Chorus
Aiden Page Choir, Chorus
Morgan Narkiewicz Choir, Chorus
Will Owsley Pedal Steel Guitar
Technical Credits
Stephen Duffy Composer
John Fields Programming, Producer
Dave McNair Mastering
Michael Nelson Horn Arrangements
Craig Northey Composer
Steven Page Composer, Producer, Engineer
Ken Chastain Programming, Special Effects
Stephen Lu Orchestral Arrangements
David Bergman Cover Photo
Bryden Baird Arranger
Ray Danniels Management
Josh Fields Engineer
Vic Florencia Engineer
Olly Moss Concept, Illustrations
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