GUEST REVIEW – Lori on BNL Rocks Red Rocks
Lori gives her verdict on the new live album from the Ladies.
As someone who’s not usually a fan of live albums, I was prepared to have pretty neutral feelings on BNL Rocks Red Rocks. I wasn’t even really in a rush to listen to it at first, because after all, I’ve already seen BNL live, and what can top that? (Okay, nothing can top that.) I thought I would wait for my Ticketmaster album download, but I’m still waiting on that. So, I thought I’d wait for my signed CD to arrive, but I’m also still waiting on that. Curiosity got the better of me after a couple days, so I went ahead and bought the album from Amazon.
I’m so glad I did.
I didn’t think songs I’ve heard a million times before could make my heart soar, but listening to this album was pure joy. The sound quality is amazing, and there’s no doubt BNL are ridiculously talented musicians. That’s even more evident as they’re playing backup for Colin Hay on “Who Can It Be Now.”
I didn’t realize it until I was listening, but this is the album I’ve been hoping for. I’m a latecomer to the world of BNL fandom, only recently discovering how incredible they are with Grinning Streak. So, naturally, I prefer this four-piece lineup and I prefer Ed’s vocals. I kept wishing they would put out an album with updated versions of previous “Steve” songs, and this begins to fill that void for me. Ed singing “Brian Wilson” absolutely blows me away. It was not one of my favorites until Ed put his voice to it. Now, I can’t stop listening to it. It sounds like that song was made for Ed’s vocals.
I was glad that Tyler got a couple songs in, because he’s really fun to listen to and has a fabulous voice in his own right. Kevin sounds great as well. I do wish there was a Jim song on the album, though, as it would have been nice if “Narrow Streets” was included.
All in all, BNLRRR was a delightful surprise. I always have high expectations for whatever Barenaked Ladies put forth, but this went beyond my expectations for a live album. It’s going to be on a constant loop around here for a while.
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