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  • Audio CD (April 3 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Music
  • ASIN: B006LZYSR4
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
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1. Allowance
2. Fire In The Henhouse
3. Heavyweight
4. Window Seat
5. As Fast As You Can
6. If This Is It
7. Will Someday Change
8. Find Our Way
9. Rabbits
10. Mettle

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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 r‚sum‚ 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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Seems like forever waiting for this album, and much of it is hit and miss. Allowance, Fire In the Henhouse, Heavyweight, As Fast As You Can and Rabbits are all pretty good songs, but the rest is quite slow and lacklustre. The power and emotion of the old OLP is still missing, and from what I can tell Maida's vanishing falsetto only appears in the verses of Heavyweight and Allowance (better than none at all, I guess). Overall this is still a solid album and the music is still very impressive in comparison to almost all other music today.
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Ok this album has been a long time coming, like most fans I love the first four OLP albums. For me Spiritual Machines is the best album ever made. Gravity was still very good HIPT was average, Burn Burn was their best without Mike Turner.Some fans seem to think Raine Maida should still be singing the same as he did on those early albums which is just not fair on him. How many singers spend twenty years in a band and sound the same as when they started? He is still one of the best singers around. So now to Curve their best album since Spiritual Machines. The first few tracks are all very good and have that early album feel to them, the tracks towards the end have a epic feel to them. Plus Maida sounds great singing with real feeling and emotion which was missing on Burn Burn. It has a few tracks on it that will become classics If This Is This and Rabbits are as good as anything the band have ever written. The other tracks are all very good, better than anything on the last couple of albums and overall the best any fan could hope for when so much music today sounds mainstream and sterile. Be thankful OLP are still around. A real return to form and still the best band around.
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Like many OLP fans, I was very dissapointed with their last two albums (even the earlier work on Curve was leading me to expect another resoundingly mediocre album to throw in my pile of rarely-listened-to music). I was also pretty much convinced that whatever creative element that enabled the band to create the music we heard on albums like Spiritual Machines left Our Lady Peace somewhere between Mike Turner's departure and Bob Rock's arrival.

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).
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Is this really the same band that produced amazing albums like Naveed, Clumsy, Happiness, Spiritual Machines and Gravity? There's no intensity in these songs at all.

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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