Barenaked Ladies

Barenaked Ladies

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Detour de Force is BNL at its most ambitious, accomplished, intricate, intentional -- and, in some ways, circumstantial. Its gestation was long and exacerbated (as so many things have been) by the global pandemic. The good news is that it's BNL's most broad-reaching and diverse work to date -- fusing the distinct writing voices of Robertson, Hearn and Creeggan into a cohesive work from the stand-out tracks ‘Flip’, ‘New Disaster’, and ‘Good Life’, to the uptempo fun of ‘Flat Earth’, the playful and country-flavoured ‘Roll Out’ to the gentle melodics of ‘Live Well’, ‘The National Park’, ‘God Forbid’, and ‘Man Made Lake’ to the sonic roller coaster of the album-closing ‘Internal Dynamo’. The depth goes beyond sonics throughout the new album. Though there's certainly the verbal playfulness and whimsy that's part of BNL's stock in trade, many of the songs have a reflective and philosophical, sometimes topical, underpinning that's also long been part of the BNL makeup. 

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Over the course of 33 years, the beloved quartet has sold 15 million records worldwide and built up an arsenal of hits such as “If I Had $1,000,000,” “One Week,” “Pinch Me” and “The Big Bang Theory Theme.” Widely acknowledged as one of the best live acts on the planet, BNL has hosted a cruise, had its own ice cream flavor, amassed eight JUNO Awards, and was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 2018. As Ed Robertson, Jim Creeggan, Tyler Stewart and Kevin Hearn put it on ‘Detour de Force,’ “Wasn’t easy but it turned out alright/Wouldn’t trade it for another…You don’t wanna miss this mutha.” 

Barenaked Ladies rescheduled their extensive Last Summer On Earth tour to 2022.

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