Review: ‘Barenaked Ladies’

Singer Steven Page -- a self-conscious fella who combines the best of John Popper and John Belushi into a charming, if oafish, character -- led the band through such odd, modern-life observations as "Stomach vs.

Singer Steven Page — a self-conscious fella who combines the best of John Popper and John Belushi into a charming, if oafish, character — led the band through such odd, modern-life observations as “Stomach vs.

Heart” and “Shoe Box,” while pop gems such as “Break Your Heart” and “This Is Where It Ends” suggest that a Top 40 breakthrough for this bunch isn’t out of the question.

The Ladies’ third Reprise album, “Born on a Pirate Ship,” rocks harder than the previous two, and so does their current road show. An almost casual command of their instruments gave the members plenty of chances to ham it up with each other and the shouting devotees in the hall, between and during songs.

Barenaked Ladies

Production

Barenaked Ladies (American Legion Hall; 1,000 capacity; $ 17.50) Promoted by Philip Blaine/MCA Concerts. Reviewed March 30, 1996. The Barenaked Ladies' two-hour show covered lots of stylistic ground, with most of the songs rising from the quintet's own "acoustic hip-hop" sound, built of airy, seductive melodies and twisted themes of heartache and hope delivered with an offbeat, whimsical style. The show was proof that there are still talented young bands willing to forgo the usual polished angst and

Crew

Camera-ready moves of the day.

With

Band: Steven Page, Ed Robertson, Tyler Stewart, Jim Creeggan, Kevin Hearn.
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