The Barenaked Ladies, "All In Good Times"

55 Billboard Rating

Barenaked Ladies' "All in Good Time" is the album for fans who wish the Canadian band would play its music a little straighter. The group's first set since the 2009 departure of founding member Steven Page, "All in Good Time" is a reflective and grown-up effort, with much of the poignancy but few of the comedic quirks that defined such early BNL hits as "One Week." Frontman Ed Robertson still values a clever turn of phrase, admitting in the classic rock-tinged song "I Have Learned" that "I don't think you're comfortable until you're not." And during a slow waltz on "The Love We're In," he wonders, "Why aren't we making the love we're in?" The music itself also sticks to a more mature pace, focused on swelling, floaty choruses and staggered backing vocals; even rockers like "Summertime" allow for a restful ebb and flow. The only track that gives a nod to the Ladies' novelty-heavy youth is "Four Seconds," a half-rapped, old-timey polka number.-Evie Nagy

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