Video Review: Barenaked Ladies "One Week"

At the royal court, the King commands the Barenaked Ladies to perform. Guards lift Steven and carry him on their shoulders. He looks around for his bandmates when he spots the King pointing again.

They perform on stage with guards in the back. Two guards carry a door to the middle of the court. The guard winds the box as a young woman moves her arms. Sparks fall from the ceiling as angels gradually land on the floor, playing their harps. Four women, dressed as devils, dance for the King and Queen. The King backs away and the band runs out of the castle.

In split screens, they get inside a car, where Ed slides on the hood. The screen splits into three different angles. As they both cars speed, Ed and Steven sing in split screens. Triple split screens occur, showing the car and the bandmates in the backseat of the car.

They speed through a suburb, noticing a woman standing by her motorcycle. Next, they perform by a bus with a sign reading “The Amazing Barenaked Ladies.” The woman zips up her jacket and puts on her helmet. Riding a ramp, she sails over the bus. Figures of her sprout from all her angles in the air. She lands in the tree, hanging by her cape.

Rating: 2/5

For almost each minute of the video, a different style occurs. The absurd royal court has a tempered rebellion to it as it each act tries to scandalize the King. The Barenaked Ladies ended up on stage on accident and prefer not to cause to an international incident.

It leads them to two cars, where they race and perform figure eights. Coiffed and stylized to the point of becoming plastic, the angles are switched and repeated as details are obscured.

The big finish is interrupted by multiple angles, stopping it halfway to emphasize how cool it is over and over again. It diminishes the punchline at the end, which after the delay, stiffens to an awkward pause.

Director: McG Year: 1998

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fC_q9KPczAg

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