Barenaked Ladies Are Men

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Barenaked Ladies Are Men
Studio album by Barenaked Ladies
Released February 6, 2007
Recorded October 2005-April 2006
Genre Alternative rock
Length 60:11
Label Desperation
Producer Barenaked Ladies
Barenaked Ladies chronology
Extended Versions
(2006)
Barenaked Ladies Are Men
(2007)
Talk to the Hand: Live in Michigan
(2007)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Bullz-Eye 4/5 stars [2]

Barenaked Ladies Are Men (sometimes abbreviated BLAMen or Are Men) is the eighth studio album by Barenaked Ladies, and the second release of material from the 29-song session that bore the companion album Barenaked Ladies Are Me. The two albums (or at least their material) were released together under the Are Me title in several "deluxe" release methods before Are Men received its own proper official release in February 2007. In this way, Are Me and Are Men together may be considered the band's seventh full-length original-material studio album. The album's artwork was created by Team Macho who also did similar artwork for the Are Me releases. The title is an extension of the Are Me title. During touring for the two albums, a pre-show video showed an unidentified hand adding various other extensions to the Barenaked Ladies Are Me title.

The formal release of the album is an Enhanced CD, and contains software and individual tracks that allow the owner to remix three of the band's songs. An advanced release of the album, exclusive to Canadian Starbucks, was released on October 3, 2006. This version lacked the Enhanced CD feature, as well as final four tracks, which at the time were deemed "bonus tracks" for the Are Me release, both in its single-album form, and its 25-track deluxe form. The Starbucks version, however, included the two singles at the time from Are Me.

Upon its release, Barenaked Ladies Are Men reached #102 in the US and #39 in the band's native Canada.

Are Men is the second full-length release by the Barenaked Ladies on their own record label.[3]

Track listing[edit]

For more details on the recording and tracks, see Barenaked Ladies Are Me.

The Starbucks advanced release contains tracks 1-12, as well as "Easy" and "Wind It Up", the two singles at the time from Are Me.

All songs written and composed by Steven Page and Ed Robertson, except where noted. 

No. Title Lead vocals Length
1. "Serendipity" (Kevin Hearn) Kevin Hearn 4:12
2. "Something You'll Never Find"   Steven Page 4:57
3. "One And Only" (Ed Robertson) Ed Robertson 3:48
4. "Angry People"   Steven Page 4:02
5. "Down To Earth"   Ed Robertson 3:47
6. "Beautiful"   Steven Page, Ed Robertson 2:36
7. "Running Out Of Ink"   Steven Page 3:59
8. "Half A Heart"   Ed Robertson 4:28
9. "Maybe Not"   Ed Robertson 3:01
10. "I Can, I Will, I Do"   Steven Page 3:09
11. "Fun & Games"   Ed Robertson 3:46
12. "The New Sad"   Steven Page 2:33
13. "Quality"   Ed Robertson 4:16
14. "Another Spin" (Kevin Hearn) Kevin Hearn 4:05
15. "What A Letdown" (Ed Robertson) Ed Robertson 3:50
16. "Why Say Anything Nice?" (Page, Robertson, Tyler Stewart) Steven Page 3:43

Personnel[edit]

  • Rob Carli – clarinet, saxophone, sax (tenor), horn arrangements
  • Bob Clearmountain – mixing
  • Jim Creeggan – engineer
  • Paul Forgues – engineer
  • Kevin Hearn – engineer
  • Bob Ludwig – mastering
  • Terry Promane – trombone
  • Susan Rogers – engineer
  • Keith Rudyk – clapping, assistant engineer
  • Kevin Turcotte – trumpet

Critical reception[edit]

AllMusic called the album "just a bit more energized"[1] than its companion album, saying it had "just a bit more wir, sparkle, and pop."[1] They also stated that Are Men had more memorable hooks than Are Me and that, when viewed together with Are Me, "Barenaked Ladies Are Me and Barenaked Ladies Are Men should not only stand as a creative high point for the Canadian rockers, but a truly superb would-be double-album."[1] The album was given a 4 out of 5 stars score by AllMusic reviewer Matt Collar.[1] Sputnik Music stated that "[Barenaked Ladies] has provided their best set of songs since... well, quite possibly ever"[4] and went on to call the album "a flawless pop record"[4] and "the high point of the Barenaked Ladies' career."[4]

Hybrid Magazine, however, called the release a "largely a by-the-books, forgettable Barenaked Ladies album that rarely recalls the more accomplished work in the band's back catalog."[3] They disliked Steven Page's vocals, saying that without them the album lacked an "emotional undercurrent", and that even when Page is at his best on the album, the compositions seem "mechanical".[3] Hybrid finished by describing the album as "the sound of a group of musicians having fun and enjoying their time out of the limelight."[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Barenaked Ladies Are Men". Retrieved 2013-07-12. 
  2. ^ ~Jeff Giles. "CD Review of Barenaked Ladies Are Men by Barenaked Ladies". Bullz-eye.com. Retrieved 2012-01-04. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Barenaked Ladies: Barenaked Ladies Are Men". HybridMusic. Hybrid Magazine. Retrieved 2013-06-23. 
  4. ^ a b c TheChaplain (March 28, 2007). "Barenaked Ladies: Barenaked Ladies Are Men". Sputnik Music. Retrieved 2013-06-23. 

External links[edit]

Barenaked Ladies Are Men at MusicBrainz (list of releases)