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4.4 out of 5 stars
Maybe You Should Drive
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on 3 February 2000
Even without the catchy 'madness' of Gordon, BNL still manage to create perfectly crafted tunes that stick in your head for months...Life, in a nutshell is incredibly cheerful, lifting you up whenever you're down, Great Provider has fantastic acoustic guitar work and great lyrics, and Alternative Girlfriend is just, well, fantastic. More brilliance from the 'Ladies!
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on 2 August 2004
That's right, I'm a grumbling fan of BNLs early work - this album for me is the last of their great work before the rot set in and they started to sound like any other radio-friendly middle-of-the-road rock band.
The album flits between the unaffected joy of their debut album (life in a nutshell and My Alternative Girlfriend) and a more serious approach marked by a collaboration with British pop songwriter Stephen Duffy. The standout track by a mile is 'Everything Old Is New Again', an intriguing ditty that may well be their best ever song, and is worth the price alone...
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on 15 March 2003
I feel almost guilty for giving such a fluffy album five stars but it's so darn pleasurable that I can't help myself.
While wrestling with the complexities of relationships (Intermittently; You Will Be Waiting), disillusionment (Everything Old Is New Again; The Wrong Man Was Convicted), the Ladies (ahem) haven't forgotten the simple, affectionate expressions that worked so well on Gordon (Jane). My personal favourite is the joyous, hyper Life, In A Nutshell - in spite of the slightly troubling image of a three-year-old's Barbies doing it on the first date!
If the BNL are musically unadventurous, the fresh, touching and funny lyrics more than compensate. On Maybe You Should Drive, there's a strong sense of youth, maturing as the album progresses. The opener, Jane, is about the unrequited love of a young man for a more experienced woman. The pop-culture-reference-laden A shows a simplistic attitude (and I don't mean that as a criticism). Everything Old Is New Again expresses some of the difficult realisations that come with young adulthood ("Recycle, reuse, resent and refuse, our parents' ideals and views") while Alternative Girlfriend well captures the trapped sensation of discovering one's life isn't going where it was always supposed to. The group seems to snap out of this crisis with Little Tiny Song (so silly and pointless it's irresistible) and Life, In A Nutshell and by the time we reach The Wrong Man Was Convicted the protagonist is regretting the follies of youth and is ready to grow up and settle down. The album has a fitting conclusion with Great Provider, a song about leaving home.
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on 7 June 2004
I can't believe BNL have failed to acquire a massive fan base in Britain and it upsets me that other bands (who can't sing or play their own instruments) with no talent are topping the charts!!! Barenaked Ladies are fantastic and for those who saw them live recently I'm sure they will agree when I say they are a class act, Maybe You Should Drive is absolutely fantastic with a great mixture of upbeat and mellow tunes with (as always) original lyrics BNL style!!! Songs like "A" and "Life, In A Nutshell" are catchy and fun to listen to and are guaranteed to impress listeners where as songs such as "The Wrong Man Was Convicted" will let you see the more serious side to the best entertainers in the world!!! It is heartfelt and honest with thought provoking lyrics, BNL have never failed to produce a fantastic record and this is no exception - it is a must have in anyone's music collection! Go and buy it now!
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on 5 June 2008
I've got this CD in my car and it has become one of my favourite BNL albums. As alwas the lyrices are insprired, "A" is a great example, and there's a good variety of tempo etc. Buy it and enjoy :)
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on 29 January 2013
A great collection of Barenaked Ladies' songs, full of humour, this group should have more recognition in this country their song writing is so clever and the delivery of the songs is genius.
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on 7 August 2004
Maybe You Should Drive is BNL's sophomore effort and is the personification of the 'difficult second album'. They were always going to come a cropper with whatever they released as it was inevitably going to be compared to and live in the shadow of Gordon.

For my mind there is a sense that the band were struggling a little with the material for this album. Stephen Duffy is drafted in as co-writer on a number of tracks ('Jane', 'Alternative Girlfriend'), a pre-Gordon song is re-worked and tagged on at the end ('Great Provider'), and a minute long Andy Creeggan ditty ('Little Tiny Song') seems to be included for no other reason than to make up the numbers.

The highlight track is probably 'A' on account of its great lyrical workout, but there is nothing else to get overly excited about here.

Not BNL's worst album, but not their best either..
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on 21 December 1999
As a recent convert to the BareNaked Ladies, this was a disappointment at first. But, persist with it and, before you know it, you will be singing the tunes all day at work and wherever you go. They are catchy even if the lyrics lack a little of the outrageous humour of Gordon and Stunt. But it.
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