Maroon (Barenaked Ladies album)
|Studio album by Barenaked Ladies|
|Released||September 12, 2000|
|Barenaked Ladies chronology|
|Singles from Maroon|
Maroon is the fifth full-length studio album by Barenaked Ladies. The album was the follow-up to 1998's Stunt, which was the band's most successful album in the United States. Maroon debuted at #1 in Canada (their second to reach #1 after 1992's Gordon) and #5 on the U.S. Billboard 200. In its first week, the album sold 17,800 copies in Canada and just under 128,000 in the United States. It has sold at least 1 million copies in the U.S. alone. With keyboardist Kevin Hearn's leukemia battle won, and with an instinct to play down the jokey reputation they were so known for, BNL deliberately created a more serious and sophisticated album. The album spawned three successful singles which still receive moderate airplay: "Pinch Me", "Too Little Too Late" and "Falling for the First Time".
Unlike past albums, the songs came almost entirely from the pairing of Page/Robertson. One track, "Baby Seat", was written by Page with his longtime song-writing partner, Stephen Duffy. This was the last Page/Duffy track that Barenaked Ladies would release, starting a policy of keeping the writing within the band on their next album. "Hidden Sun", written while Hearn was in the hospital, appears as a hidden track on most copies of the album. As with each of their early albums, the band recorded one song, "Humour of the Situation", completely naked.
The band recorded 17 tracks for the album; Tracks recorded for this album but omitted from the finished record include: "Powder Blue" (appears on the US "Pinch Me" single), "Inline Bowline" (appears as an extra track on some international versions, and is on the Australian "Pinch Me" single), "Born Human" (appears on the Australian "Pinch Me" single, re-recorded for Hearn's album Night Light) and "Half a Heart" (re-recorded for the Barenaked Ladies Are Me sessions). "That's All, That's All" was also written for the album, and was later recorded for Page's The Vanity Project.
While Stunt featured Robertson and Page sharing lead vocals duties evenly throughout the album, Maroon was sung almost entirely by Page.
|1.||"Too Little Too Late"||Steven Page||3:24|
|2.||"Never Do Anything"||Steven Page||3:51|
|3.||"Pinch Me"||Ed Robertson||4:45|
|4.||"Go Home"||Steven Page, Ed Robertson||2:43|
|5.||"Falling for the First Time"||Ed Robertson||3:40|
|7.||"Sell Sell Sell"||Steven Page||4:01|
|8.||"The Humour of the Situation"||Steven Page||3:45|
|9.||"Baby Seat" (Steven Page, Stephen Duffy)||Steven Page||4:13|
|10.||"Off the Hook"||Steven Page||4:34|
|12.||"Tonight Is the Night I Fell Asleep at the Wheel"||Steven Page||3:59|
|13.||"Hidden Sun†" (Kevin Hearn)||Kevin Hearn||4:02|
† - hidden track
- Jim Creeggan - electric bass, vocals, handclaps, violin, viola, baritone guitar, glockenspiel, electric double bass
- Kevin Hearn - organ, synthesizer, piano, accordion, glockenspiel, electric piano, vocals, clavinet, handclaps, sampling
- Steven Page - lead vocals, backing vocals, acoustic guitar, flute, recorder
- Ed Robertson - lead vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, tambourine, 12 string guitar, handclaps, wah wah guitar, cabasa
- Tyler Stewart - castanets, drums, tambourine, bells, handclaps, timpani, cowbell, wah wah shaker
- Jim Scott - "supreme" handclaps, "high-ass vocals"
- Roberto "Tiny" Menegoni - percussion
- Producer: Don Was
- Engineer: Jim Scott
- Assistant engineer: Katy Teasdale
|2000||The Billboard 200||5|
|2000||Canadian RPM Albums Chart||1|
|2000||Top Internet Albums||1|
|2000||"Pinch Me"||Adult Top 40||2|
|2000||"Pinch Me"||Modern Rock Tracks||30|
|2000||"Pinch Me"||The Billboard Hot 100||15|
|2000||"Pinch Me"||Top 40 Mainstream||17|
|2000||"Pinch Me"||Top 40 Tracks||11|
|2001||"Falling for the First Time"||Adult Top 40||11|
|2001||"Pinch Me"||Top 40 Adult Recurrents||1|
|2001||"Too Little Too Late"||Adult Top 40||13|
|2001||"Too Little Too Late"||The Billboard Hot 100||86|
|2001||"Too Little Too Late"||Top 40 Mainstream||40|
- Allmusic review
- Entertainment.ie review
- Entertainment Weekly review
- PopMatters review
- Rolling Stone review
- "Top Albums/CDs - Volume 71, No. 21, September 25 2000". Retrieved 2009-12-31.
- "BNL's 'Maroon' disc debuts at #2". Jam!. Retrieved 2011-04-05.
- Moll, George (executive producer) (2000). Behind the Music (TV-series). New York, NY: VH1.