- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Barenaked Ladies

“Ladies and Gentlemen: Barenaked Ladies & The Persuasions” (rel. April 14)

Raisin’ Records

Canada’s favorite fully clothed men return with more jazzy, snappy tunes on this team-up disc with a cappela mainstays The Persuasions. “Gonna Walk” teams up the Canucks with the vocal stylings of The Persuasions on a wondrous duet and backed up by some fantastic piano work. “Don’t Shuffle Me Back” bears the stamp of some calypso sounds, and The Persuasions truly bring the party on the tune. “Good Times” is about as joyful as you would expect with that title, and “When I Fall” takes a slowdown for good measure. A pleasant surprise is a peppy, mostly instrument-free rendition of “One Week,” their hit from 1998. “Four Seconds” and “I Can Sing” send off the album in high-spirited style.

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