Sep 3, 2021
The Barenaked Ladies 16th album is called Detour de Force. More wordplay from a band that majors in it. Right?
I knew this album would be different when I saw a track written by bassist Jim Creegan called Paul Chambers. Who writes a pop song about a legendary bass player (Kind of Blue) as a metaphor?
Ed himself wrote the amazing Live Well, a song about his childhood filled with his Father’s alcohol abuse and how he overcame the trauma.
The album ends with the outstanding Kevin Hearn track called Internal Dynamo. It's about planets generating their own magnetic fields. Not your basic pop/rock fodder.
It starts like something Pink Floyd might have left us with but 2:40 into the 5-minute track the music shapeshifts into Rage Against the Machine and then ends with a Beatles White album feel.