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Curve

Our Lady PeaceAudio CD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

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Full circle: a theme that eagerly resonates with each member of multiplatinum survivors, Our Lady Peace. As the band approaches the release of their seventh studio album, a feeling of renewal and excitement washes over Toronto’s favorite sons in a manner not felt since their earliest days.

Self-produced in lead singer Raine Maida’s Los Angeles home studio, the 10-track Burn ... Read more in Amazon's Our Lady Peace Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 17, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Entertainment One Music
  • ASIN: B007HM32NG
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,397 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Our Lady Peace return with their eighth studio album, curve. Curve is the follow-up to 2009s Burn Burn, and the second done independently. It was recorded in Toronto and at founder Raine Maidas L.A. home studio with co-producer Jason Lader, a friend who became a collaborator, whose impressive resume includes production work on Jay-Zs 99 Problems, along with Mars Volta, Julian Casablancas, Rilo Kiley, Elvis Costello and Noah & the Whale.

The forceful, experimental tone that resulted illuminates the image of the band as battlers, fighting to maintain their standing as a world-class alt-rock group which has steadily built an international following since their 1994 debut album, Naveed. The album exudes that bravado, whether it s the chest-thumping first single, Heavyweight or the anthemic rockabilly feel of As Fast As You Can.
Like Barton Fink, this is our boxing album, nods Raine, pointing out he was inspired by everything from David Bowie to TV on The Radio in the studio. It s like a rite of passage. We made a conscious decision not to take the easy path. It s all about authenticity, proving we re still relevant. This is our journey now, the most realized version of the band. Curve is the record we ve been trying to make for the past 10 years.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Our Lady Peace Tread Water On Curve May 31, 2012
By Andrew
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Curve, the eighth album from Canadian alternative rockers Our Lady Peace, is the album the band claims they have been trying to make for the last ten years. They hauled out the usual clichés during the pre-release promotional interviews, declaring that they set out to challenge themselves, be more ambitious and push their sound in new directions. Given the so-so quality of their last two albums, long-time fans will no doubt view this as a positive development.

Curve is more of a companion piece to Burn Burn, even though it aspires to be a concept album. Whereas Spiritual Machines examines humanity's dependence on, and ultimately merger with machines, Curve summons its inspiration from boxing. The album cover features a photo of Canadian heavyweight boxer George Chuvalo. Muhammad Ali said Chuvalo was the toughest opponent he ever fought. Chuvalo's drive and resiliency served as the inspiration for the band during the making of the record.

However, the boxing concept is really only explored in two tracks, "Heavyweight" and "Mettle". The former features a fuzzed out guitar hook that eventually transitions to a more traditional uplifting chorus. This is a great choice for the first single: it's punchy, catchy and vocalist Raine Maida even dusts off his patented falsetto - a rare occurrence for him on the last couple albums. On the other hand, "Mettle" is arguably the worst "song" OLP has recorded to date. I say "song" in quotations because it's really just a loose collection of ambient noises and spoken excerpts from Chuvalo. This painfully dull track ends the album on a sour note. While Spiritual Machines also features spoken interludes from acclaimed author Ray Kurzweil, at least those tracks are brief and fit nicely within the overall structure of the album.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A New Departure For A Well Established Group April 27, 2012
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After hearing this album for the first time about a week ago I knew it was going to have a polarizing effect on people. I need to preface this review by mentioning that I've thoroughly enjoyed every OLP album they've ever produced from "Naveed" to "Burn Burn". "Healthy In Paranoid Times", while it's a record Raine was trying to escape from I felt it was a really great record with a nice midtempo vibe and refreshing lyrical content. I've always appreciated that they've found ways to re-invent themselves over the years and keep things interesting. This album is going to be a shock for a lot of people. I can say it took me completely off guard and initially I was disappointed because I was expecting a traditional rock album. A band that had produced such moving songs like "4AM", "Blister", "Clumsy" and "Life" and such driving rock music like "Stealing Babies", "Julia", "All For You" and "Is Anybody Home?" has a truly "heavy" standard to live up to. Have they reached it on this one? Read on and find out.

This album took quite a few rotations from front to back to really start to understand. The entire album as a whole has very dark undertones. The first half of the album has a midtempo feel and the second half is very melancholy and requires attention to really appreciate the more subtle details. This is a very complex record and is going to take some time to absorb, but is well worth the effort.

The opening track "Allowance" is easily the worst opening track they've released. The dated synth lead ruins what otherwise would be a decent song. Thankfully, the synth stops playing about halfway through the song. All in all, it sounds like a B-side from Burn Burn and the poppy vibe is not a good representation of the album.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Ugh April 17, 2012
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After 2 listens I have to say that I'm not impressed at all. Heavyweight is a good song but other than that I just don't get it. IMO Spiritual Machines and Happiness... is their best work to date and this just doesn't even compare. Maybe this thing will grow on me after a while but I doubt it. I understand how artists like to evolve and do something different but I don't get this album at all. It seems like the more self-important bands get the weaker the material gets...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Okay CD March 3, 2013
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I have followed Our Lady Peace for several years now and I hate to say it but this is probably the worst CD they have done. I can see now why there really wasn't much fan fare around the release of this cd.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Boo February 16, 2013
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I honestlly dislike this CD. I regret buying it, and should have waited to preview the songs on iTunes. What a disappointment!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sonically Engaging April 17, 2012
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"Curve" is Our Lady Peace's most ambitious album since "Spiritual Machines"; the songs are more layered and offer more depth than anything since. Musically "Curve" is a pleasure to listen to. Steve Mazur with his sonically inspired guitar work is the star of the show here. Raine continues to mostly avoid his signature falsetto yet he still expresses a fair amount of emotion and vocal angst. "Allowance", "As Fast As You Can" (the second single), and "Rabbits" are some of the highlights. "If This Is It" is one of the best songs the band has ever recorded. There is so much to soak in aurally that the crescendo of "If This Is It" feels truly momentous. This album may not reach the extreme highs of "Happiness Is Not a Fish That You Can Catch" or "Spiritual Machines", but it's incredibly engaging to listen to with headphones on. Buy it, put your headphones on, and turn the volume up.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not good
Ever since Steve Mazur joined this band its gone downhill.

And ever since Mike Turner left its gone down hill....and ever since Bob Rock...... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jonathan M
4.0 out of 5 stars Always a great band
I've loved OLP since Naveed and gotten every single album of there's since. This one shows a difference in the band from the start, but a good listen, nonetheless. Would Recommend.
Published 11 months ago by Joshua Ricks
4.0 out of 5 stars Bought for gift, very satisfied
Bought this for my husband, and he was very satisfied with it. Bought at a great price. This is his favorite band.
Published 13 months ago by Pr3ttynpunl
1.0 out of 5 stars worst OLP CD in 15 years
I have every OLP CD from the start back in the 90s, & this one is the worst one I've ever heard. There are no songs that stand out, it sounds like a bunch of B-sides thrown... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Patrick E. Gabella
4.0 out of 5 stars good not great
Our lady Peace has been around for a while and its good to see them still putting out music, the disc is ok 3-4 good songs but mostly not for me and I like alot of music
Published 17 months ago by BSC3ATW
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great album!
These guys have such a variety of sounds... this one is another good example. Some of it reminds me of their old stuff... but some of it is definitely new. Kudos!
Published 18 months ago by Pax River Princess
3.0 out of 5 stars Changing genres.
When thinking of the term 'essential recording', two things come to mind. The first is an album universally regarded as being important in some way as advancing the genre. Read more
Published on June 26, 2012 by Chris R. Call
5.0 out of 5 stars Love These Guys
This isn't their most rocking album they've put out but it's still a great album. The best way I'd describe it is this is good to just put on in the car driving at night or just... Read more
Published on May 28, 2012 by DeadPlacebo
5.0 out of 5 stars I'll admit,very solid.
As I read much of these reviews,I find it clear that most people only care about the music a band puts out these days and not the people behind the music and their story. Read more
Published on May 28, 2012 by Lenguy
4.0 out of 5 stars "Curve" is a grower
Much has been made of Our Lady Peace's eighth studio album, Curve.

While many reviews claim that Curve is a return to OLP's earlier sound, I found the album to have a... Read more
Published on May 27, 2012 by Sharil Dewa
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