Maroon (Barenaked Ladies album)

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Maroon
Barenaked Ladies - Maroon.jpg
Studio album by Barenaked Ladies
Released September 12, 2000
Recorded April–June 2000
Genre Alternative rock
Length 52:09
Label Reprise
Producer Don Was
Barenaked Ladies chronology
Stunt
(1998)Stunt1998
Maroon
(2000)
Disc One: All Their Greatest Hits (1991–2001)
(2001)Disc One: All Their Greatest Hits (1991–2001)2001
Singles from Maroon
  1. "Pinch Me"
    Released: August 29, 2000
  2. "Too Little Too Late"
    Released: March 20, 2001
  3. "Falling for the First Time"
    Released: May 21, 2001
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic59/100[1]
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3/5 stars[2]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music2/5 stars[3]
Entertainment.ie3/5 stars [4]
Entertainment WeeklyA-[5]
The Guardian2/5 stars[6]
NME0/10[7]
Q3/5 stars[8]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[9]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide2.5/5 stars[10]
Spin3/10[11]

Maroon is the fifth full-length studio album by Barenaked Ladies. The album was the follow-up to 1998's Stunt, the band's most successful album in the United States. Maroon debuted at No. 1 in Canada [12](their second to reach No. 1 after their 1992's debut Gordon) and No. 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 U.S.[13] It has sold at least 1 million copies in the U.S. alone. With keyboardist Kevin Hearn's leukemia in remission, 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 hit singles : "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 longtime songwriting 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[citation needed]. As with each of their early albums, the band recorded one song, "Humour of the Situation", completely naked.[citation needed]

The band recorded 17 tracks for the album;[14] 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 before the Maroon sessions version was later released on Stop Us If You've Heard This One Before!). "That's All, That's All" was also written for the album, and was later recorded for Page's The Vanity Project.

Track listing[edit]

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

No.TitleLead vocalsLength
1."Too Little Too Late"Steven Page3:24
2."Never Do Anything"Steven Page3:51
3."Pinch Me"Ed Robertson4:45
4."Go Home"Steven Page, Ed Robertson2:43
5."Falling for the First Time"Ed Robertson3:40
6."Conventioneers"Steven Page3:43
7."Sell Sell Sell"Steven Page4:01
8."The Humour of the Situation"Steven Page3:45
9."Baby Seat" (Steven Page, Stephen Duffy)Steven Page4:13
10."Off the Hook"Steven Page4:34
11."Helicopters"Steven Page4:33
12."Tonight Is the Night I Fell Asleep at the Wheel" (song ends at 3:48, followed by hidden track "Hidden Sun," written by Kevin Hearn, which starts at 3:51)Steven Page, Kevin Hearn ("Hidden Sun")8:52

Personnel[edit]

Barenaked Ladies[edit]

  • Jim Creeggan – electric bass (1–5, 8, 9, 10, 11), background vocals (1, 4, 5, 6, 9, 11, 12), handclaps (1, 4), violin (3, 11), viola (3, 7, 11, 12), baritone guitar (4), glockenspiel (4), electric double bass (6, 12), double bass (4, 6, 7, 11), arco double bass (12)
  • Kevin Hearn – organ (1, 2, 3, 8, 9), synthesizer (5, 6, 10, 12), piano (2, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10), accordion (2), glockenspiel (7), electric piano (3, 4), background vocals (1, 5, 6, 7, 9, 12), clavinet (1, 2), handclaps (1) , sampling (1, 2, 7, 9, 12), baritone guitar (7), vocoder (8), electric guitar (11), keyboards (7, 11), melodica (11), lead vocals ("Hidden Sun")
  • Steven Page – lead vocals (1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12), background vocals (1, 3, 5, 6), acoustic guitar (11), flute (12), recorder (11)
  • Ed Robertson – lead vocals (3, 5), background vocals (1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12), acoustic guitar (1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8), electric guitar (all), tambourine (10), 12-string guitar (11), handclaps (1, 4), wah-wah guitar (6), cabasa (10), mandolin (11), banjo (12)
  • Tyler Stewart – castanets (7), drums (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11), tambourine (1, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11), bells (11), handclaps (1), timpani (7, 12), cowbell (6), wah wah shaker (6), background vocals (4, 5), 808 drums (10), drum kit (10), shaker (11), snare drum (12), cymbal (12)

Additional personnel[edit]

  • Jim Scott – vocals
  • Roberto "Tiny" Menegoni – percussion
  • Party in Studio 3 – Sweet Pea Atkinson, Jane Oppenheimer, Jen Hilliard, and Jim Scott (track 2)
  • Sean Cullen and the male cast of "Shave It" (track 7)
  • Major Scale courtesy of Chris Brown (track 9)
  • Jono Abrams – Faxed thumbs-up (track 12)

Production[edit]

  • Don Was – producer
  • Jim Scott – engineer
  • Katy Teasdale – assistant engineer

Charts[edit]

Album

Year Chart Position
2000 Billboard 200 5[citation needed]
2000 Canadian RPM Albums Chart 1[citation needed]
2000 Top Internet Albums 1[citation needed]

Singles

Year Single Chart Position
2000 "Pinch Me" Adult Top 40 2[citation needed]
2000 "Pinch Me" Modern Rock Tracks 30[citation needed]
2000 "Pinch Me" Billboard Hot 100 15[citation needed]
2000 "Pinch Me" Top 40 Mainstream 17[citation needed]
2000 "Pinch Me" Top 40 Tracks 11[citation needed]
2001 "Falling for the First Time" Adult Top 40 11[citation needed]
2001 "Pinch Me" Top 40 Adult Recurrents 1[citation needed]
2001 "Too Little Too Late" Adult Top 40 13[citation needed]
2001 "Too Little Too Late" Billboard Hot 100 86[citation needed]
2001 "Too Little Too Late" Top 40 Mainstream 40[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Maroon by Barenaked Ladies". Retrieved October 3, 2016. 
  2. ^ Wilson, MacKenzie. "Barenaked Ladies: Maroon". Allmusic. Retrieved 17 November 2017. 
  3. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th concise ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-85712-595-8. 
  4. ^ Lynch, Andrew. "Barenaked Ladies - Maroon". Entertainment.ie. Archived from the original on September 27, 2007. 
  5. ^ Sinclair, Tom (15 September 2000). "Music Review: 'Maroon'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 17 November 2017. 
  6. ^ Sullivan, Caroline (15 September 2000). "Pop CD releases: Barenaked Ladies: Maroon (Reprise)". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 September 2017. 
  7. ^ "Maroon By nme: THEY ALL FUCKING SUCK!". NME. Retrieved 17 November 2017. 
  8. ^ "Barenaked Ladies: Maroon". Q. 2000. 
  9. ^ Moon, Tom (Aug 22, 2000). "Barenaked Ladies: Maroon : Music Reviews". Archived from the original on October 1, 2007. Retrieved 17 November 2017. 
  10. ^ Wolk, Douglas (2004). "Barenaked Ladies". The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). New York: Simon & Schuster. pp. 44–45. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  11. ^ Harris, Keith (October 2000). "Barenaked Ladies: Maroon (Warner Bros.)". Spin. Retrieved 17 November 2017. 
  12. ^ "Top Albums/CDs – Volume 71, No. 21, September 25, 2000". Retrieved 2009-12-31. 
  13. ^ "BNL's 'Maroon' disc debuts at #2". Jam!. Retrieved 2011-04-05. 
  14. ^ Moll, George (executive producer) (2000). Behind the Music (TV-series). New York, NY: VH1.