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Reviews » Audio Reviews » Barenaked Ladies: ''Maroon''
Barenaked Ladies: ''Maroon''
Warner Bros. // DVD Audio // September 25, 2001
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Review by Aaron Beierle | posted October 17, 2001 | E-mail the Author
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M U S I C
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R E P L A Y
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1. Too Little Too Late
2. Never Do Anything
3. Pinch Me
4. Go Home
5. Falling For The First Time
6. Conventioneers
7. Sell Sell Sell
8. The Humour Of The Situation
9. Baby Seat
10. Off The Hook
11. Helicopters
12. Tonight Is The Night I Fell Asleep At The Wheel


The DVD

SOUND: "Maroon" is presented in DVD-Audio 96khz 5.1 and 2.0, as well as Dolby Digital 5.1 for those who have DVD-Video players. As with all Warner Brothers titles, DVD-Audio players can only play the DVD-Audio tracks and can not compare the DVD-Audio and Dolby Digital 5.1 tracks. The album has been mixed to surround by original album mixer Jim Scott. While the majority of the album presents the pop-rock music with an enjoyably lively surround mix, there were a few moments here and there where the mix crossed the line into becoming too busy in the surrounds and slightly distracting, such as the occasionally sudden guitars and sound effects through "Never Do Anything".

The album's surround presentation was most successful during the album's straight-ahead rockers, such as "Humor Of the Situation" and "Falling For The First Time", which offered a smoother and more effective blend of the instruments positioned around the listening space. At its best, the mix does a fine job spreading the instruments cleanly and distinctly around the listening space, while the vocals are nicely spread out across the front three speakers and accompanied by additional instrumentals.

Audio quality was generally very good. Instruments had that natural, rich quality that I've only heard from the DVD-Audio format. While I think I would have liked a more spaced-out surround presentation with the different instruments coming from the different speakers, making it sound as if the band is sitting around the listener. Still, while I wouldn't consider "Maroon" one of the best examples of the DVD-Audio format, the 5.1 presentation is entertaining more often than not and I found the album to be an enjoyable mixture of rock styles.

Extras: Very promotional text notes, credits.

Final Thoughts: Musically and lyrically a fine and entertaining album, "Maroon" gets the DVD-Audio treatment and while the surround presentation isn't what I would consider one of the best examples of the format, it's often a lively reimagining of the tunes. Fans will likely be very pleased and those who are into alt-rock should also take a listen.
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