25 Year Retrospective: Barenaked Ladies’ Gordon

RELEASE
28 July 1992

LABEL
Reprise

GENRE / SUBGENRE
College Rock

CHART PEAK
#1 on Canadian Albums



01  Hello City
Skippable schmaltz. (-1)

02  Enid
**SINGLE** Exaggerated theater kid eye roller. (-1)

–PERFORMANCE @ CONAN (1992)–

03  Grade 9
**SINGLE** Embarrassing to listen to. (-1)
—PERFORMANCE (1992)–

04  Brian Wilson
**SINGLE** An empty recognition of the Beach Boys honcho. (-1)

–PERFORMANCE @ FARM AID (1999)–

05  Be My Yoko Ono
**SINGLE** A silly but enjoyable enough little diddy. (+1)

06  Wrap Your Arms Around Me
A well-written harmonized apology song. (+1)
–PERFORMANCE @ BMSC (2009)–

07  What a Good Boy
**SINGLE** An introspective (and probably ahead of it’s time) gender role ballad. (+1)

08  The King of Bedside Manor
A hyper, gypsy-punkish ersatz Broadway tune. (-1)

09  Box Set
A curious attempt at tropicalia. (+1)
–PERFORMANCE @ JUNO AWARDS (1993)–

10  I Love You
A jazzy, traditional pop take without the pipes of the greats. (-1)

11  New Kid
An inoffensive, ridiculous song told from the POV of a New Kids on the Block member. (-1)

12 Blame It On Me
A musical nonentity. (-1)
–PERFORMANCE @ HUMBLE & FRED PODCAST (2014)–

13  The Flag
A quiet strummer, and weirdly the second song on this album with lyrics about choking a woman. (-1)

14  If I Had $1000000
**SINGLE** A countrified wacky hangout jingle, and the band’s best song by this point. (+1)
–PERFORMANCE @ TOP OF THE POPS (1992)–

15  Crazy
A simple, finger-picked, pleasantly escalating record. (+1)

VALUATION INDEX
(-3)

PERCENTAGE RATING
40.00%

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