Barenaked Ladies score their best post-Steven Page album to date in ‘Silverball’

BNL‘Silverball’
Barenaked Ladies (Vanguard)
3.5 stars out of 5

For a substantial period of time in the mid-1990s and early 2000s, fun-loving Canadian pop/rock outfit Barenaked Ladies were my favorite band. The interplay between co-lead vocalists Steven Page and Ed Robertson set the band apart and resulted in a handful of flat-out awesome albums (1992’s “Gordon,” 1994’s “Maybe You Should Drive,” 1996’s “Born on a Pirate Ship,” 1998’s “Stunt” and 2000’s “Maroon”) that I played pretty much constantly.

BNL CDThe Ladies continued making records in the new millennium, but while none of the platters were duds, they lacked some of the magic of the early days. A major shift occurred in 2009 when Page parted ways with BNL. His absence was noticed on 2010’s “All in Good Time” and 2013’s “Grinning Streak,” both good-but-not-great albums, and I can’t help but wish Page was around for latest effort “Silverball.”

That said, this 13-track platter surpasses both previous Page-less releases. Robertson, Jim Creegan, Kevin Hearn and Tyler Stewart have found a nice groove as a quartet and keepers “Get Back Up,” “Matter of Time,” “Say What You Want,” “Piece of Cake” and “Tired of Fighting With You” are terrific. And when Barenaked Ladies roll into Pittsburgh for a June 23 performance at Stage AE, chances are pretty good I’ll be there. And I know I won’t be disappointed. (Jeffrey Sisk)

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