Wednesday Flashback: Gordon

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Few contemporary bands are capable of capturing a broad range of topics, tones, and emotions, but Barenaked Ladies must certainly be counted among them. BNL is one of those bands that I feel like I've known forever, or at the very least since the beginning of my appreciation for music. The band is quite literally as old as I am, having come together the same year as my birth. Most people know them as the "If I Had A Million Dollars" and "One Week" guys: As an alt rock group that writes goofy songs about monkeys and stuff. But that limited assessment does not do them justice. For those truly familiar with the band, we know that BNL is a band capable of having a bouncy song about monkeys on the same album as a depressing song about suicide without the transition being very jarring, because that is how BNL rolls.

But let's get back on topic. This is a Wednesday Flashback, meaning it's a review of an album one of the contributors found particularly influential. Like I said, I've been a fan of BNL from the moment I began to love music, and their debut album Gordon was the thing that got me hooked. Like my last Flashback, this is an album that was first released long before I was old enough to recognize its awesomitude (this is the only word capable of describing Gordon). I happened upon it much later in my life, and it quickly struck a chord. Like all BNL albums, Gordon covers a wide array of feelings and moods, and conflicted emotions are what teenagers know best. It takes a special king of band to have a song about depression follow up a song about freshman year of high school and have both songs be equally amazing, but Gordon does that. It does those kinds of transitions quite a lot, actually.

I can attribute a lot of my taste in music to BNL, actually. They helped me form the guidelines, in my developmental music years, as to what good music should be. And personally, I can't think of a better band than BNL or a better album than Gordon to establish that basis.

Now, for reasons I cannot discern, I cannot embed the video I want. Stupid YouTube. But, you can watch it by following this link. Go on. Follow it. You know you want to!


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