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All Their Greatest Hits, 1991-2001 Rating= $$$$
How I Got This CD: Birthday present.
As someone whose casette tape of Gordon got demagnetized, and who didn't buy Born on a Pirate Ship or Maybe You Should Drive, this was a nice purchase. I still prefer Rock Spectacle because I think BNL live is superior to BNL in the studio (it seems that this is true of fewer and fewer musical performers these days), but this CD has enough songs from their pre-Rock Spectacle releases to make this worthwhile for people who want to sample BNL: The Early Years without laying out the dough. In short, this is a good purchase for people who like BNL, but aren't huge fans. It's also good for people like me who haven't gone back and rebuilt parts of their BNL collections and probably won't for some time. In today's first selection, BNL covers Bruce Cockburn's song 'Lovers in a Dangerous Time.' The band had been doing it live for some time (in fact, I think I have the live version on a compilation CD somewhere in my collection), but finally recorded a studio version for this CD. Yeah, yeah, I know. BNL's version of 'Lovers' invariably shows up on numerous fanmixes that focus on characters who are USTing through their dangerous situations. And yes, yes, it's pretty freakin' annoying that it's a clear misinterpretation of the lyrics to place this song in such a scenario, but what can you do? For those of you who've never heard it, I highly recommend downloading this song. The other, 'Shoebox' comes off Born on a Pirate Ship. Some people think it's too clever of a song. Personally? I think it's just right because it strikes me as oh-so-true.
Sample Songs Download: Lovers in a Dangerous Time; Shoebox
Everything to Everyone Rating=$$$$
How I Got This CD: Christmas present.
I suspect I'm going to be a minority for my FList, but I really do like this CD quite a lot. There are only two songs that really irritate me in that special way that BNL has (i.e., I can't quite hate the song because there's enough good about it, but there are parts that make me want to rip out my ears), but the rest of it is pretty good. This is a more musically mature BNL (imho) and the lyrics (more than anything else) really shows it. Today's first selection from this CD, 'Maybe Katie (Accoustic Version)' very much hits home about me and my (lack of) dating, minus the bit about having a kid. Yup. When you live in a city that has a million college students and all the guys your age are going for that special 18-year-old, you too will relate just a little too well to Katie. However, what kicks this song up to "love" status is that instead of the singer being the one angsting about whether or not to ask Katie out on the date, the singer is the one who is sick and tired of hearing about it from the person angsting, especially since the angster is hesitating based on some pretty shallow reasons. Go BNL! Anyway, this is not the radio version of the song, but the accoustic version that is included on the CD as a bonus track. The lyrics of 'Take It Outside' just cracks my shit up, despite the fact that the melody is actually very pretty. There some sort of mental disconnect that happens when people see you howling with laughter when a song like this is playing in the background. Heeeeeeee!
Sample Songs Download: Maybe Katie (Accoustic Version); Take It Outside
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None = Avoid at all cost. Worth cutting your ears off to avoid if someone threatens to play it for you. When faced with even the threat of its cellophane-wrapped presence, your best option is to RUN AWAY! RUN AWAY!
$= If you stumble across it for cheap in a used bin, it might, maybe, perhaps could be worth the buy, but only if you need a cheap coaster for your cold drinks or a cool-looking frisbee.
$$= You might want to give this CD/artist a try, but only if the sample track tickles your fancy. Don't bother buying this one new because the good tunes you'd get out of this one ain't worth that kind of money.
$$$ = Worth looking for on a casual basis and maybe even buying new, but no big rush.
$$$$ = Definitely worth having in the ol' CD collection and definitely worth buying new, but don't re-arrange your personal "must have" list to get your hands on it.
$$$$$ = Why haven't you bought this CD yet? Go. This is a "Want. Take. Have." situation because you so want this.