"Fake Nudes" is a studio album by Canadian rock band Barenaked Ladies. It is the band's twelfth full-length original-material studio album. It was recorded from January to February 2017 at Noble Street Studios in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and was released through Vanguard Records on November 17, 2017.
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While singer/songwriter Ed Robertson is showcased throughout, as with past BNL efforts, keyboardist Kevin Hearn and bassist Jim Creeggan also contribute vocals to a handful of songs. Interestingly, Hearn (who delivers six out of the fourteen tracks) leaves his biggest impression on any album in the band's decades-long career -- his distinctively low key mumble-croon and enthusiasm for adventurous sonic palettes contrast nicely with Robertson's folk-pop style. If there's a tangible poignancy to even the poppiest moments on Fake Nudes, it's a soreness they've been cradling since parting with Page in 2009. While somewhat unfair, it's hard not to compare the way BNL used to sound with that dynamic Robertson and Page double-whammy. Clearly, no one is more acutely aware of the difference than Robertson and his bandmates. They've moved on and crafted a new sound, but the past remains indelible. As Robertson sings on "Canada Dry," "You fled the snow, while I stayed here/I'll let you know, I'll make it clear/How happy I appear/High and Canada Dry." A play on the classic soft drink brand, the song feels like a wistful yearning for what BNL used to be, and a wry twist of the knife into Page's side. It's also catchy, deftly rendered with soft harmonies, and one of the best Barenaked Ladies songs in years.
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