Review: Barenaked Ladies at Colston Hall

10 09 2010

Canada’s Barenaked Ladies are one of those bands that you might not be able to name any of their songs, but then when One Week comes on the radio you seem to know all the words: “Like Harrison Ford I’m getting frantic, like Sting I’m tantric” etc.

One Week was one of the undoubted highlights of their gig at the Colston Hall, the first night in a 13-date UK and Ireland and tour to promote their new album All in Good Time.

Playing to a loving crowd, BNL put on a great show, showcasing their wonderful songwriting ability as well as a talent for comedy that often comes through in their songs.

Who else could sing such a finely-crafted song about an eraser and then follow it with the emotional punch of You Run Away, the opening track from All in Good Time?

Well-choreographed dance routines bookended some songs, with the best saved for last with an inspired mash-up of tunes from Black Eyed Peas, Katy Perry and Jay-Z over vocalist Ed Robertson’s beat boxing.

Robertson shared vocal duties throughout the night with his fellow band members, with Kevin Hearn proving particularly adept at multi-tasking, singing and also playing piano, 12-string guitar and, on If I Had $1,000,000, accordion.

The hoedown of Four Seconds showcased another string to their bow, while the gig closed with Brian Wilson, yet another song that you mysteriously seem to know from a band now in their fourth decade that will surely continue for many more to come.


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17 09 2010
Esther

I love their kids’ stuff (including Eraser!)- wonderful lyrics that make us all laugh. Wish I’d seen them.

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