“Maroon” (2000)

“Maroon” is the fifth full-length studio album by the Barenaked Ladies. “Maroon” debuted at No. 1 in Canada and No. 5 on the U.S. Billboard 200. In its first week, the album sold 17,800 copies in Canada and just under 128,000 in the United States. It has sold at least 1 million copies in the U.S. alone. Kevin Hearn beat his leukemia battle and with an instinct to play down the jokey reputation they were so known for, BNL deliberately created a more serious and sophisticated album. The album spawned three successful singles which still receive moderate airplay: “Pinch Me,” “Too Little Too Late” and “Falling for the First Time.”

Unlike past albums, the songs came almost entirely from the pairing of Steven Page and Ed Robertson. “Hidden Sun”, written while Hearn was in the hospital, appears as a hidden track on most copies of the album. As with each of their early albums, the band recorded one song, “Humour of the Situation”, completely naked.

The band recorded 17 tracks for the album. Tracks recorded for this album but omitted from the finished record include: “Powder Blue,” “Inline Bowline,” “Born Human” and “Half a Heart.” “That’s All, That’s All” was also written for the album, and was later recorded for Page’s The Vanity Project.

No. Title Lead vocals Length
1. Too Little Too Late Steven Page 3:24
2. “Never Do Anything” Steven Page 3:51
3. Pinch Me Ed Robertson 4:45
4. “Go Home” Steven Page 2:43
5. Falling for the First Time Ed Robertson 3:40
6. “Conventioneers” Steven Page 3:43
7. “Sell Sell Sell” Steven Page 4:01
8. “The Humour of the Situation” Steven Page 3:45
9. “Baby Seat” (Steven Page, Stephen Duffy) Steven Page 4:13
10. “Off the Hook” Steven Page 4:34
11. “Helicopters” Steven Page 4:33
12. “Tonight Is the Night I Fell Asleep at the Wheel” Steven Page 3:59
13. “Hidden Sun” (Kevin Hearn) Kevin Hearn 4:02


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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. raichlb
    Apr 15, 2011 @ 18:48:55

    Great post! I’m kind of obsessed with the cover art of the “Maroon” album.

    Reply

  2. swineama
    Apr 17, 2011 @ 21:16:53

    I never realized that two of the guys split vocals in Barenaked Ladies. Pretty interesting.

    Reply

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