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Spiritual Machines


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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: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (219 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,018 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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All the songs on this album are so good.
~Melissa~
The album, 'Spiritual Machines' by Our Lady Peace, is an amazing listen.
Thomas O. Reyescairo
This album is one of the best OLP has to offer.
S. Moon

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Edward Nigma on 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 By Chris on May 25, 2004
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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 By Wade Tomlin on January 9, 2006
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By B on March 5, 2003
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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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