Best Albums of the 10s So Far
#11 – Steven Page – Page One
There’s a rich history of lead singers leaving their bands and forging successful solo careers. Morrissey, Sting, Beyoncé, Lionel Richie… the list goes on. Hell, Peter Gabriel and Phil Collins did it while fleeing the same band at different times.
Still, I wasn’t very confident that Steven Page’s departure from Barenaked Ladies would serve either of them very well. I figured the band would be weaker and I’d never hear from Page again.
The last time I featured a Steven Page song on the blog, it was a big hit. That song was ‘Leave Her Alone,’ a big band update on The Beatles’ ‘She’s Leaving Home,’ and impressively it drew high praise from all corners.
That’s a rare enough occurrence on Meet Me In Montauk that I figured I’d go back to the well and give Page another shot.
‘Over Joy’ is another track off of his solo debut, Page One, an album that I’ve had in constant rotation since I picked it up a few months ago.
Two years ago I did a theme week on Barenaked Ladies and, in my final post, lamented the fact that lead singer and co-writer Steven Page had left the band. Would they be able to carry on without him in anything like the fashion they had established over the first fifteen years of their existence? And what would Page accomplish on his own?
Two years later, we have our answers. Barenaked Ladies released All in Good Time, their first Page-less album, to generally good reviews, though a couple of early pans and lack of enthusiasm over the song snippets I’ve heard kept me from buying the album.
And Steven Page released a solo album, Page One, that’s better than almost anything Barenaked Ladies ever put out.