Everything to Everyone

Music review by
Peter Melton, Common Sense Media
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A great alternative to more profane pop music.

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

Positive. Only the irony-impaired could find a problem here.


About as violent as Gandhi. "Take It Outside" is about avoiding a fight.


Just one line: "All the jeans will cream" on "Celebrity." But try explaining that to kids.


"Look like hell" is as strong as it gets.


None. On the contrary, Barenaked Ladies poke fun at it.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

"War on Drugs" may not be approved by the attorney general.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that these songs are less about lust than jest, and the only thing stripped bare is emotion. There's one innuendo ("All the jeans will cream") that will most likely go over most kids' heads.

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Kid, 10 years old November 21, 2010
Teen, 13 years old Written byteecupdude August 11, 2010
best music ever! :D

What's the story?

Take your basic rock & roll. Strip it of sweat, sex, swagger, and threat. What do you have left? Barenaked Ladies. Unfair? Maybe. But parents looking for an alternative to more profane pop music will find BNL eligible for the Good Housekeeping seal of approval. Despite the name, Barenaked Ladies are less about lust than jest, and the only thing stripped bare is emotion. EVERYTHING TO EVERYONE indicates the Toronto five are also nice guys -- the kind of rock stars you'd be happy to invite over to meet the family.

Is it any good?

BNL has largely dropped the jokiness of its early albums, although there's still a wink-nudge aspect to "Shopping" and "Aluminum." But even when the subjects are depression ("War on Drugs") and frustration ("Unfinished" and "Second Best"), the touch is kept light, and the band's old-fashioned musical virtues -- close harmonies, tight musicianship, and songs with catchy hooks -- make the whole thing go down easy.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the band's critique of consumerism and celebrity culture. Such lyrics may intrigue older kids, and can be enjoyed simply as music by those who don't pay much attention to lyrics.

Music details

  • Artist: Barenaked Ladies
  • Release date: October 13, 2003
  • Label: Reprise
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: July 15, 2015

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