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Curve

April 17, 2012 | Format: MP3

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: April 17, 2012
  • Label: eOne Music
  • Copyright: (C) 2012 Entertainment One Music
  • Total Length: 41:30
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  • ASIN: B007TXUN9Y
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,497 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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This album, in my opinion is by far their worst.
Aaron
The second half of the album drags, with the exception of 'If this is it', which again, sounds like OLP doing something different but still being OLP.
Sean Moloney
I got through the entire album in one sitting the first time I listened to it.
T. Boehnlein

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Andrew on May 31, 2012
Format: Audio CD
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 By Chris Logan on 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 By Steven Prentice on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy D Schwanbeck on 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 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paula M. Wojtaszek on 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 By W. Alden IV on 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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