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Barenaked Ladies - Fake Nudes album review

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Cover art for Barenaked Ladies - Fake Nudes album

This may be their 15th studio album in a career knocking on 30 years, but more significantly it’s the fourth since founder member Steven Page quit in 2009. As the major songwriter, his departure raised questions but these have all been answered and they now sound even more like a band than they did before.

The title theme runs through the first four songs as the band gaze across the border from their homeland at the unfolding of America, put succinctly on the opening singalong Canada Dry. They then try the view from different angles on the equally catchy Bringing It Home and Looking Up and the Rubber Soul-drenched Invisible Fence.

After that they starting letting their characteristic quirks do the talking, notably on the lilting reggae-infused Nobody Better and the potent Navigate in which they invoke the spirit of Peter Gabriel.

Hugh Fielder has been writing about music for 47 years. Actually 58 if you include the essay he wrote about the Rolling Stones in exchange for taking time off school to see them at the Ipswich Gaumont in 1964. He was news editor of Sounds magazine from 1975 to 1992 and editor of Tower Records Top magazine from 1992 to 2001. Since then he has been freelance. He has interviewed the great, the good and the not so good and written books about some of them. His favourite possession is a piece of columnar basalt he brought back from Iceland.