Grinning Streak

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  • Summary: The 12th full-length studio release from the Canadian rock band is its first on the Vanguard label.
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  • Record Label: Vanguard
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock
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Struck by lightning, sounds pretty frightening But you know the chances are so small Stuck by a bee sting, nothing but a B-thing Better chance you're... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. Classic Rock Magazine
    Jul 23, 2013
    80
    Affecting rather than affected, Grinning Streak sees cerebral craftsmen who've always refused to take music too seriously drop the winking and discover the pleasure of passion. [Summer 2013, p.90]
  2. Jul 11, 2013
    70
    Ultimately, while the toothy smiles might be wiped off the faces of Robertson and the rest of the Barenaked Ladies' faces, Grinning Streak reveals that their hearts remains firmly on their sleeves.
  3. Uncut
    Jul 11, 2013
    70
    Most of these frothy confections would sit just as well on any of the band's previous 11 long players. [Aug 2013, p.67]
  4. Mojo
    Aug 9, 2013
    60
    Occasionally, the buoyancy veers into pop, the clever lyrics verge on trite. [Sep 2013, p.88]
  5. Jul 11, 2013
    40
    So Grinning Streak is listenable throughout, but aside from those occasional highlights, it’s not a compelling listen.
  6. Q Magazine
    Jul 11, 2013
    40
    For the most part, though, there are too many soggy love songs such as the interminable Give It Back To You and too many moments where they cross the line between smart and smart-arse. [Aug 2013, p.94]
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