Release Date: Oct 19, 2010
Record label: Rounder
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock
Steven Page's 2010 album Page One is the singer's first all-original solo effort since parting ways with his longtime band the Barenaked Ladies in 2009. As such, it showcases Page's long-acknowledged powerful tenor croon and knack for literate, catchy songs that teeter between darkly sardonic and romantically bittersweet ruminations on love and life. Page One is also a solid return to pop form for the singer, whose 2008 arrest for cocaine possession (the charges were later reduced to misdemeanors), while perhaps not the main reason for his split with the band he co-founded, nonetheless seemed like the tip of an iceberg of creative and personal issues that had, until then, remained largely hidden from fans.
It’s not often that you get to hear both sides of the story in a musical split. But Steven Page’s departure from the Barenaked Ladies in early 2009 was a bit unusual. Page was co-founder and he co-led the band, with Ed Robertson, for 20 years. When he left the band, the Barenaked Ladies decided to continue on as a quartet, with Robertson moving into the frontman role.
After leaving the Barenaked Ladies following a 2008 drug bust, Steven Page, one of Canada's most recognizable (and ubiquitous) voices, has had a rocky few years. Though he's no stranger to side projects (see 2005's Vanity Project with Stephen Duffy and the recent Art of Time Ensemble collab), Page One is the singer's first post-BNL solo effort. [rssbreak] The album is stylistically restless, jumping from power pop to 60s-inspired ballads, with dashes of disco, 80s dance music and klezmer squeezed in.