November 06, 2007
Talk to the Hand: Live in Michigan -- clever title, that -- is a DVD/CD package that captures the Barenaked Ladies' concert at the DTE Energy Theatre (aka, the former Pine Knob) from June 2007. This isn't their first live DVD or first live CD, suggesting that the group has a dedicated fan base that will happily hear another live release from them, and that's frankly who will find this perfectly professional set appealing. Not that this is bad, as the band is tight and the production is crystalline, but the band is playing directly to an adoring audience, thereby keeping out anybody who might have a passing interest in the band. But for that audience -- the kind that will like the acoustic versions of "For You" and "Be My Yoko Ono" -- this is surely a good time, although it may be a time that's better had on video than CD, as this can just fade into the background if it's heard as a straight-up album.
Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi