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Barenaked For The Holidays

Barenaked Ladies

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It's probably safe to say that fans of Barenaked Ladies have never found a holiday album to suit their tastes until now, when the notoriously quirky Canadian quintet released Barenaked for the Holidays. This will likely satisfy that portion of their audience (however large or small it is) that has wanted a holiday album delivered with that patented blend of jokiness and sentiment that's been the group's stock-in-trade. That may give the inaccurate impression that this album has been tossed off, which is hardly the case. The arrangements are nimble and largely clever, even when the group goes for an easy joke, as on the Casio-driven bossa nova instrumental revamp of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer." Admirably, the group doesn't rely solely on traditional carols, they contribute six originals to the mix; some, like "Green Christmas," are quite good, while others, like "Elf's Lament," are too jokey, but that may not bother the diehards all that much. Even more admirably, this is one of the few holiday albums that is pretty evenly divided between Christmas and Hanukkah songs, which isn't just nicely PC, but gives the album both musical and topical variety, making it a little more interesting and distinctive than the average holiday record. Still, whether you like the album or not boils down to this: do you find it funny when a slow, sincere version of "Jingle Bells" breaks into a jocular parody with the classic "Jingle bells/Batman smells/Robin laid an egg" lyric halfway through the song, and if you do, do you like the sentimental beginning as much as the silly conclusion? If so, Barenaked for the Holidays is for you.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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1
Jingle Bells
00:03:57

Barenaked Ladies, Arranger, Work Arranger, MainArtist - James Pierpont, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2010 Raisin' Records

2
Green Christmas
00:02:34

Edward Robertson, ComposerLyricist - Steven Page, ComposerLyricist - Barenaked Ladies, MainArtist

℗ 2010 Raisin' Records

3
I Saw Three Ships
00:01:07

Barenaked Ladies, Arranger, Work Arranger, MainArtist - Traditional, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2010 Raisin' Records

4
Hanukkah Blessings
00:03:27

Steven Page, ComposerLyricist - Barenaked Ladies, MainArtist

℗ 2010 Raisin' Records

5
O Holy Night
00:01:09

Barenaked Ladies, Arranger, Work Arranger, MainArtist - Traditional, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2010 Raisin' Records

6
Eif's Lament
00:03:39

Barenaked Ladies, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Michael Bublé, FeaturedArtist

℗ 2010 Desperation Records

7
Snowman
00:02:59

Edward Robertson, ComposerLyricist - Barenaked Ladies, MainArtist

℗ 2010 Raisin' Records

8
Do They Know It's Christmas?
00:03:32

Barenaked Ladies, MainArtist - Midge Ure, ComposerLyricist - Bob Geldof, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2010 Raisin Records

9
Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah
00:02:11

Barenaked Ladies, Arranger, Work Arranger, MainArtist - Traditional, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2010 Raisin' Records

10
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen / We Three Kings (Medley)
00:03:26

Barenaked Ladies, Arranger, Work Arranger, MainArtist - Traditional, ComposerLyricist - Sarah McLachlan, FeaturedArtist

℗ 2010 Desperation Records

11
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
00:00:59

Barenaked Ladies, MainArtist - Johnny Marks, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2010 Raisin' Records

12
Carol Of The Bells
00:03:00

Peter Wilhousky, Arranger, Work Arranger - Barenaked Ladies, MainArtist - Mykola Leontovych, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2010 Raisin' Records

13
Footprints
00:03:14

Edward Robertson, ComposerLyricist - Barenaked Ladies, MainArtist

℗ 2010 Raisin' Records

14
Deck The Stills
00:00:31

Barenaked Ladies, Arranger, Work Arranger, MainArtist - Traditional, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2010 Raisin' Records

15
Christmastime (Oh Yeah)
00:02:15

Barenaked Ladies, MainArtist - KEVIN HEARN, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2010 Raisin' Records

16
Sleigh Ride
00:00:46

Barenaked Ladies, MainArtist - Mitchell Parish, ComposerLyricist - Leroy Anderson, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2010 Raisin' Records

17
Christmas Pics
00:02:13

Barenaked Ladies, MainArtist - JIM CREEGGAN, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2010 Raisin' Records

18
I Have A Little Dreidel
00:00:52

Barenaked Ladies, Arranger, Work Arranger, MainArtist - Traditional, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2010 Raisin' Records

19
Wonderful Christmastime
00:01:18

Paul Mccartney, ComposerLyricist - Barenaked Ladies, MainArtist

℗ 2010 Raisin' Records

20
Auld Lang Syne
00:03:04

Barenaked Ladies, Arranger, Work Arranger, MainArtist - Traditional, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2010 Raisin' Records

Album Description

It's probably safe to say that fans of Barenaked Ladies have never found a holiday album to suit their tastes until now, when the notoriously quirky Canadian quintet released Barenaked for the Holidays. This will likely satisfy that portion of their audience (however large or small it is) that has wanted a holiday album delivered with that patented blend of jokiness and sentiment that's been the group's stock-in-trade. That may give the inaccurate impression that this album has been tossed off, which is hardly the case. The arrangements are nimble and largely clever, even when the group goes for an easy joke, as on the Casio-driven bossa nova instrumental revamp of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer." Admirably, the group doesn't rely solely on traditional carols, they contribute six originals to the mix; some, like "Green Christmas," are quite good, while others, like "Elf's Lament," are too jokey, but that may not bother the diehards all that much. Even more admirably, this is one of the few holiday albums that is pretty evenly divided between Christmas and Hanukkah songs, which isn't just nicely PC, but gives the album both musical and topical variety, making it a little more interesting and distinctive than the average holiday record. Still, whether you like the album or not boils down to this: do you find it funny when a slow, sincere version of "Jingle Bells" breaks into a jocular parody with the classic "Jingle bells/Batman smells/Robin laid an egg" lyric halfway through the song, and if you do, do you like the sentimental beginning as much as the silly conclusion? If so, Barenaked for the Holidays is for you.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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