Grinning Streak

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Grinning Streak
Barenaked Ladies Grinning Streak.jpg
Studio album by Barenaked Ladies
Released June 4, 2013 (2013-06-04)

May 2012
February–April 2013

Noble Street Studios;
Revolution Recording;
Jimmy C's
(all in Toronto, ON)
Genre Alternative rock
Length 44:46
Label Vanguard
Producer Howie Beck, Gavin Brown
Barenaked Ladies chronology
Stop Us If You've Heard This One Before
(2012)Stop Us If You've Heard This One Before2012
Grinning Streak
Singles from Grinning Streak
  1. "Boomerang"
    Released: March 26, 2013
  2. "Odds Are"
    Released: July 14, 2013
  3. "Did I Say That Out Loud?"
    Released: January 31, 2014

Grinning Streak is the tenth full-length original-material studio album by Barenaked Ladies (the ninth, if Barenaked Ladies Are Me and Are Men are considered as one double-album).[1] The album was released on June 4, 2013 on Vanguard Records. It is the band's first album on Vanguard.[2] The album is the band's second studio album since the departure of founding member Steven Page in February 2009. The album was recorded from February to April 2013 in separate sessions with Howie Beck, Gavin Brown, and possibly other producers (including Mark Endert and Greg Wells whose names were mentioned by the band as potentially working on the album). The first single, "Boomerang" was recorded in a separate session produced by Brown in May 2012, initially for release that summer.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[3]
Sputnikmusic 3.5/5 stars[4]

The album has received mostly positive reviews.

Commercial performance[edit]

Grinning Streak debuted at #10 on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 26,000 copies in its first week.[5] It is the band's highest position on the chart since their album Everything to Everyone also debuted at #10 in 2003. Grinning Streak also debuted at #12 on Canada’s Top Album Chart, and #101 on the UK Albums Chart.[6] The album has sold 68,000 copies in the US as of May 2015.[7]

Released versions[edit]

Grinning Streak was released in CD and digital download format, as well as a vinyl edition, which was made available for sale only at the Last Summer on Earth 2013 shows. On August 20, 2013 it was made available for purchase on various online stores, such as[8]

Versions with bonus tracks were released on the Canadian iTunes Store, and in a Target-exclusive version in the United States; the former including an extra remix not included in the latter.

On July 1, 2014, a new Grinning Streak Deluxe digital package was released in the United States including the three bonus tracks from the Target edition, along with three newly recorded acoustics. These new tracks were released in Canada on The Long Weekend E.P..[9] Additionally, a live version of "Did I Say That Out Loud?" is included on The Long Weekend E.P., but not on the Grinning Streak Deluxe digital package.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Lead Vocal(s) Length
1. "Limits" Ed Robertson Robertson 4:28
2. "Boomerang" (Bob Clearmountain Mix) Zac Maloy, Robertson Robertson 2:34
3. "Off His Head" Robertson Robertson 4:10
4. "Gonna Walk" Kevin Griffin, Robertson Robertson 2:40
5. "Odds Are" Griffin, Robertson Robertson 3:02
6. "Keepin' It Real" Robertson Robertson 3:31
7. "Give It Back to You" Robertson Robertson 2:46
8. "Best Damn Friend" Robertson Robertson 3:48
9. "Did I Say That Out Loud?" Griffin, Robertson Robertson 2:28
10. "Daydreamin'" Kevin Hearn Hearn 5:45
11. "Smile" Robertson Robertson 2:26
12. "Crawl" Robertson Robertson 6:47


Barenaked Ladies are:

  • Jim Creeggan - double bass, electric bass, background vocals, lead vocals on "Who Knew?" (bonus deluxe edition only)
  • Kevin Hearn - lead vocals on "Daydreaming", piano, synthesizers, keyboards, celeste, accordion, melodica, acoustic and electric guitars, mandolin, banjo, background vocals
  • Ed Robertson - lead vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, Magnus air organ, background vocals
  • Tyler Stewart - drums, percussion, background vocals

Additional Musicians consist of:

  • Gavin Brown - programming
  • John Scholz - trenchwork
  • Chris Stapleton - starring as being Stapes
  • Nora Patterson of Royal Teeth - background vocals on "Odds Are"


Year Chart Position
2013 Canadian Albums 12
2013 Billboard 200 10
2013 Digital Albums 4
2013 Rock Albums 5