Artist: Barenaked Ladies

Album: Silverball

Genre: Alternative Rock

Label: Vanguard Records

Year: 2015

Grade: A

 

Barenaked Ladies’ new album rolls on out just in time to rock your summer playlists. June 2 marked the release of their 12th studio album, appropriately named Silverball, after Ed Robertson’s not-so secret obsession with pinball machines. This pinball theme is carried throughout the album—particularly in the album’s title track, “Silverball.”

After the huge success of their 2013 album Grinning Streak, it was only a “Matter of Time” until they released a new album. Silverball carries on the same feel that Grinning Streak had, with its variety of different sounds and styles. Of course, with any Barenaked Ladies album, you have your catchy upbeat songs, such as “Say What You Want,” and “Piece Of Cake.”

Although Barenaked Ladies’ is notorious for their catchy tunes, they also do a great job with a lot of other styles of music. They slow it down with songs like “Tired Of Fighting With You,” and “Toe To Toe”—a song that not only has a beautiful guitar melody playing in the background, but also presents a strong message with meaningful lyrics. Also, for all you love song saps out there, the song “Duct Tape Heart” is the best love song you’ll ever hear about duct tape.

Silverball is a great indicator of what Barenaked Ladies can do and really proves without a shadow of a doubt that the success of Grinning Streak was no fluke or one-timer, it is the path that Barenaked Ladies is going and boy is it ever a good one. The album never feels repetitive, with its use of different music styles. The album is constantly mixing it up with different leading vocalists on some tracks, such as Kevin Hearn on “Passcode” and “Tired Of Fighting With You,” along with Jim Creeggan leading “Narrow Streets.” Silverball succeeds at keeping that great Barenaked Ladies feel while making every song a good one.

All in all, this album is a must-listen-to for any BNL fan or anyone who enjoys music and happiness in general. If you only listen to one new album this summer, make it Silverball.