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Release date: 
June 2, 2015
Total songs: 
13
Genres: 
Rock/Pop
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Silverball

There’s a new meme that might have popped up in your news feed; riffing on the Barenaked Ladies’ 1992 staple hit “If I Had a $1,000,000”, the image updates the track with an unfortunately honest and contemporary response – “…I’d buy you a detached single family home in Toronto”, reflecting the modern housing market. With BNL’s 12th studio album, Silverball, out this week, it’s as good a time as any to reflect on how times have changed. No longer are we curious as to whether this act would function without founding member Steven Page (who left in 2009) – this is the band’s third outing without him. More time has passed since a Greatest Hits collection was released than the length of the era in which the package reflects. But the quartet seems genuinely excited on their new full-length, practically jamming on pop tunes centered thematically on pinball machines. Keyboardist/multi-instrumentalist Kevin Hearn takes lead vocal duties on two tracks and bassist Jim Creeggan does on another, with Kevin Griffin (of Better Than Ezra) lending his songwriting talents to opener “Get Back Up” and “Duct Tape Heart”. 27 years on from the band’s formation and they sound enthused enough to push forward for another quarter of a century.

The Canadian leg of BNL’s extensive tour kicks off on Oct 21 in Vancouver at Queen Elizabeth Theatre with Alan Doyle as support. Check here for a full itinerary.