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Spiritual Machines

Our Lady PeaceAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (220 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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  • Audio CD (March 1, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • ASIN: B0012GN0TY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (220 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,608 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Right Behind You (Mafia)
2. In Repair
3. Life
4. Middle of Yesterday
5. Are You Sad?
6. Made to Heal
7. R.K. 1949-97
8. Everyone's a Junkie
9. R.K. On Death
10. All My Friends
11. If You Believe
12. The Wonderful Future

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing album April 7, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Quite possibly the most well-balanced album ever made.

OLP started out as a grungy, heavy-rock band with very deep and thought-provoking lyrics. OLP, more or less, remained true to their "classic" style for their first three albums. While OLP's older style remains deeply loved by many fans to this day, it is evident that many "mainstream" listeners tend to not be attracted to this style of music.

It is obvious that the band realized their lack of recognition in the mainstream community and it appears as if, during the Spiritual Machines era, the band started experimenting with a more mainstream sound. This of course would eventually lead to "Gravity" (an album that is, in my opinion, over-produced and lacking in many areas).

I consider Spiritual Machines to be an album that has both elements of OLP in it (their newer mainstream sound, mixed with the cryptic lyrics and deep song meanings of their former selves). Because of this, I feel that Spiritual Machines has a quality that I have very rarely heard in a rock album: a mainstream sound without making the sacrifice of having boring, shallow lyrics. In fact, I would go as far to say that I never heard this quality in a rock album before; the vast majority of today's radio friendly bands fuel their "catchy tunes" with pointless garble that is considered to be lyrics.

It is truly a rarity to hear an album of this calliber. I would strongly suggest picking up this album regardless of whether or not you're an OLP fan.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't listen to the radio... May 25, 2004
By Chris
Format:Audio CD
With this album and the bands latest release, Gravity, the band has released the WORST songs on the album as singles. I held off on buying this album for YEARS because I absolutley despised the songs that I was hearing on the radio. I'm very cynical of the new music industry, and with songs like "Life" and "Mafia", even Our Lady Peace had managed to fall victim to my pessimism.
I realize that this is almost cliche, but a friend played the album for me and I was... shocked. I heard "The Wonderful Future" and left to buy the album. To this day, I still skip tracks 2 and 5, which is why the album gets a four. Normally, for having to skip two songs, I'd give an album three stars, but the rest of the album MORE than makes up for the bands lack of judgement on the aforementioned radio staples. Good job guys.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars OLP's best album March 5, 2003
By B
Format:Audio CD
I know that a lot of people group Our Lady Peace into that generic/corporate friendly rock much like Matchbox 20, but that is very unfair. Matchbox 20 could never make an album as brilliant as "Spiritual Machines". This is clearly OLP's best album, which is saying a lot because "Naveed", "Clumsy", and "Happiness..." are fantastic albums as well. "Spiritual Machines" is more or less a concept album based on Ray Kurzweil's "The Age of Spiritual Machines: When Computers Exceed Human Intelligence". Throughout the album, there are audio snippets of that particular work. And while some may say they don't add anything to the album, I think it greatly enhances it, bringing it up to that next level. They are all very short (about 20 seconds on average), and flow nicely with the music. But obviously, nobody is buying this album to listen to the audio clips. It's the music itself that warrants a purchase, because it's some of OLP's most creative, and best all-around.
A 5 second intro from Ray leads right into the opening track, "Right Behind You (Mafia)". This is one of OLP's catchiest tracks, and really does a fantastic job of pulling you into the album. I'm very surprised this song wasn't a big hit (I don't even think it was released as a single). 9/10
After another brief RK clip comes "In Repair", which was the first single from the album. This is a slower paced song, in which lead singer Raine Maida uses the metaphor of comparing man to machine. Excellent stuff. 10/10
Next comes the anthematic "Life", a very upbeat song that suggests "Life is waiting for you..so messed up, but we'll survive". This was the second single from the album, and an obvious choice at one.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh And Energetic Modern Rock January 9, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Our Lady Peace (OLP) seems to be a band that does its best when no one is looking. Their debut album Naveed came out of nowhere to become a Canadian classic in my mind and OLP's second best record came out relatively quickly after the mess that was Happiness ... (the band's third record).

I personally feel Happiness ... was a huge disappointment. But Spiritual Machines more than made up for the band's previous shortfall.

Why? Because Spiritual Machines manages the rare feet of sounding like an artistic achievement while still rocking loud and proud. The band is clearly trying to write some form of concept record with the tidbits of spoken words from the Age of Spiritual Machines, but songs such as Middle of Yesterday and Everyone's A Junkie still carry the attitude of a down and dirty hard rock band. The single Life meanwhile is the band's boldest pop feet, disguising an empathetic plea for patience in a catchy radio friendly form.

The end result is a record that I still come back to whenever I feel like some OLP. It carries the urgency of the band's first record, with the wisdom of a band well into their recording career. I will always say Naveed is my favourite OLP record, but hey you never forget your first love either in relationships or as a music fan. Spiritual Machines however, stands out purely because of its quality. When no one is looking this band is dangerous.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars If Everyone's Made To Repair Why Are All Of My Friends Sad?
This is a cool concept executed very poorly by a band that I want to like (for some reason) more than I do. Read more
Published 7 days ago by vaughn Michael Hanley
5.0 out of 5 stars Just....GREAT!
Once I got this CD, I put it in and IMMEDIATELY loved it! Every song is great...typical OLP! They are one of my FAVORITE bands. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Jasmine Porter
2.0 out of 5 stars They have better albums
Great band, but this album is for the diehard fans only. Most reviewers who are OLP fans seem to take jabs/shots at their other albums that had some radio-friendly music like... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Gregory
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
This album has a very different feeling and sound than the other OLP albums. There are few "themed" rock albums that really work. This is definitely one. Read more
Published on March 6, 2012 by Bulweif
3.0 out of 5 stars would have been better as an E.P....
The first four tracks - two of them spoken word - are highly effective. The way the spoken word tracks segue into the songs induces shivers on me. Read more
Published on April 3, 2011 by Jonathan Cardwell
5.0 out of 5 stars Their best album
This album is fantastic, it's one of my favorites of all time. If you're an Our Lady Peace fan, then you probably already have this album, and you know how great it is. Read more
Published on February 21, 2010 by Daniel R. Vivacqua
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Album
This album is one of the best OLP has to offer. It had a different vibe going on with the messages between the songs. Read more
Published on October 25, 2008 by S. Moon
5.0 out of 5 stars And justice for all...
Hands down and far away my favorite Our Lady Peace album. Bob rock blows.
I did enjoy Gravity, as I did the Black Album, but this is Justice for All. Read more
Published on July 22, 2008 by Chris R. Call
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite travel albums - Wow, this is awesome!
When I was poor, I won this album from a radio station promotion. I played it, and just couldn't get it at first. Read more
Published on June 5, 2006 by James P. Finger Jr.
3.0 out of 5 stars Happiness is an album that you have to give a chance.....
I totally disagree with the person that said 'Happiness' was a mess. (I am a huge fan that has actually met the band on several occasions just by going to so many of their damn... Read more
Published on February 23, 2006 by Mr. Matt
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