On their first collection of seasonal music, Barenaked Ladies aren't going it alone.
On their first collection of seasonal music, Barenaked Ladies aren't going it alone. The Canadian pop-rock act drafted the help of Sarah McLachlan and Michael Bublé for a pair of songs on the forthcoming set "Barenaked for the Holidays."
Due Oct. 5 via The End of Records/Nettwerk/Reprise, the album finds the often-lighthearted quintet running through traditional and contemporary favorites, as well as a few new heart warmers for the winter holidays.
"I think it's really good," Steven Page wrote in a June blog entry on the band's official Web site ."Most holiday records sound like they're phoned in," but the singer/guitarist openly hopes his band's entry into the genre will rank with classics by the Roches and Mary Margaret O'Hara.
"I think we went into this thinking it would be a nice souvenir to have at the holidays, but now I think we all feel it's a real Barenaked Ladies record," he adds. "I guess when it comes down to it, how do we NOT make a Barenaked Ladies record -- we really don't ever phone it in, and we had a lot of fun making this record. Everybody sings, and there's a bunch of new originals, plus some nice surprises."
McLachlan adds her vocals to a "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/We Three Kings" medley. The pairing previously offered a live version of "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" on Nettwerk's 2000 compilation "Christmas Songs" (and again on the Canada-based label's "Maybe This Christmas" compilation in 2002).
The Ladies also reinvent the 1984 charity single "Do They Know It's Christmas?" and enlist Bublé to chime in on the new composition "Elf's Lament." Both songs will be serviced to radio stations as seasonal singles toward the end of the year.
Other classics reworked by BNL are "Jingle Bells," "Carol of the Bells," "Sleigh Ride" and "Auld Lang Syne." A trio of songs celebrating the festival of lights -- "Hanukkah Blessings," "Hanukkah O Hanukkah" and "I Have a Little Dreidel" --is also included.
BNL recently wrapped a summer North American tour with Alanis Morissette. A round of December tour dates to fittingly accompany the release of "Barenaked for the Holidays" is expected, as is a slate of television appearances.
Here is the "Barenaked for the Holidays" track list:
"I Saw Three Ships"
"O Holy Night"
"Elf's Lament" (featuring Michael Bublé)
"Do They Know It's Christmas"
"Hanukkah O Hanukkah"
"God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/We Three Kings" (featuring Sarah McLachlan)
"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer"
"Carol of the Bells"
"Deck the Stills"
"Christmastime (Oh Yeah)"
"I Have a Little Dreidel"
"Auld Lang Syne"
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