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"Coalition Music recording artists Our Lady Peace have proven to be fighters in the nearly two decades since they first burst onto the scene with the Modern Rock anthem, ?Starseed.? Fittingly, the new single - the chart-topping Rock Radio hit, Heavyweight - and the album cover art (featuring a youthful former Canadian Heavyweight champ in one George Chuvalo) for the band`s eighth studio recording, curve, are themed accordingly.? There's something about being beaten up and being able to get up, dust yourself off and feel like you can take on the world again,"" says vocalist/lyricist and founding member Raine Maida about the new album, which was once again recorded in Toronto and his own L.A. home recording studio with co-producer Jason Lader. Lader's impressive rsum includes production work on Jay-Z's ""99 Problems,"" along with Mars Volta, Julian Casablancas, Rilo Kiley, & Elvis Costello. ""This feels the most like it did in the early days,"" says drummer Jeremy Taggart, who has bee"
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Fortunately, this album has completely proved me wrong. The big change between Curve and OLP's last two albums is the return of experimentation to their music. I mean, sure Burn Burn and HIPT had a couple of creative tracks (Al Genina and Paper Moon come to mind), but these were shoved to the back of the albums making room for cookie-cutter pop songs that were trying to re-create the commercial success of Innocent and Somewhere Out There.
The problem is that you just can't force creativity, all you can do is create conditions where it can thrive. OLP has been trying to force out commercially successful music and this has been making their music sound forced and awkward. Once the band let go of the rains (which I'm sure was a very scary thing to do) and stopped caring about producing music that will be popular...all the sudden their experimental Radiohead-style has come back (and I truly believe that this will attract a lot more new fans to the band then anything that was put out on Burn Burn or HIPT).
Yes, there are a few experiments on this album that have missed the mark (Mettle, Window Seat), but the experiments that were successful are some of the best music that we've heard from OLP in the last 10 years (Fire in the Henhouse, Heavyweight, Find Our Way).
Curve is also lacking any dynamic to the vocals. Raine has adopted this type of droning croon over the last few years that makes Curve and albums like Burn Burn completely unlistenable. It's also been quite a while since their last album so to only deliver 9 "real" tracks is kind of lame.
The only songs that I really have any interest in at all were Fire In The Henhouse & Heavyweight. In fact, when I heard Heavyweight I had pretty high-hopes for this album, but the lack of vocal dynamic and delivery completely kills this for me. When you strip out the cool and unique guitar parts from past albums Gravity on forward it was okay and worked on Gravity and HIPT because at least you still had Raine's great vocal delivery to make up for it.
Now, we don't even have that so it isn't even really an Our Lady Peace record in my opinion. If you're Our Lady Peace you have two options at this point in your career. Either hang it up for good if you plan on continuing down this path, or try going with the old formula that works. Get on the phone and coordinate with Arnold Lanni & Mike Turner and get that magic back.
Spiritual Machines is one of the best albums I've ever heard in my life. I can't even believe 'Curve' came from the same band....and in many ways it isn't the same band. Even if you don't heed my advice I won't hold it against you....How many bands can pull off so many amazing albums in their career? Not many, and for that I will always respect you.
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If you are a fan of Our Lady Peace definitely buy this CD! It is different from there previous CDs, new style for them . . . Read morePublished on July 8 2012 by Mae
I love Our Lady Peace and, as a huge fan, I own every cd. I love OLP's first four cds the best and the last four have seemed much... tamer. Curve is no different. Read morePublished on June 18 2012 by LavenderRose
Really enjoying this album. Give it a chance... its got a lot of really beautiful songs on it and it proves a lot about the band.Published on April 17 2012 by kthomson
I've been a fan of OLP since 'Naveed' was released in '94. Like many fans, I can say that their first four albums are easily and by far their best (Naveed, Clumsy, Happiness.... Read morePublished on April 4 2012 by Bevan Wilson