Our Lady Peace
Curve


2.5
average

Review

by rodrigo90 USER (9 Reviews)
April 2nd, 2017 | 10 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: They tried to revive the sound of spiritual machines and instead they created a mediocre sequel of gravity.

4 brillant albums in a row is not an easy task. OLP proved that when you have the right producer, the right members and the right musical direction, you start having an awesome career without any flows.
Then, a stumble happens, Arnold Lanni who produced their first 4 albums including clumsy was replaced by some stupid producer which turns great things into trash named Bob Rock, and the original guitarrist Mike Turner quit the band. From that point, the band went downhills.

Singer Raine Maida gets tired of being asked to return to the sound of spiritual machines and naveed, and the band creates "burn, burn" in his own words "a mature version of Naveed". Yes I heard the album and it doesn't sound like naveed AT ALL.

Well it's time to give the fans what they want. They are asking for a spiritual machines kind of album? well they are going to get that.

Did they achieve it? NO.

Although the songs in this album sounds less "poppy" than the 3 previous albums, the songs still remains mediocre. Unlike spiritual machines in which the songs went fluently from one to another, this album is a forced compilation of songs the band had to put in order to make a whole album based on that music direction. None of the songs caught my attention, sadly, so there's no "strong moments" in the album.

The band was doing it great when they did healthy in paranoid times, even if the producer was still Bob Rock, the album was cohesive and that's the only moment post-spiritual machines that they came closer to what the band really was back in the day.

This album was made as a desperate attempt to try to regain the original fanbase, the band lost from Gravity onwards, maybe some fans of the band will find this album as "a return to the OLP sound", but for me this album is not the case.
So, if you are a newcomer to the band I suggest strongly to focus on their first 4 albums, and stay away from this later period of the band, especially this album.



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oodlesofnoodles
April 2nd 2017


55 Comments


Yeah this album is garbage, I remember I wanted to write up a review for this and then forgot all about it, go figure haha.

I honestly really liked burn burn though, I think it was just more radio-friendly than people were expecting

rodrigo90
April 2nd 2017


2924 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I think they are taking their time about what they are going to do, now they lost Jeremy, I want to keep the faith that they will make something great, but I'm not that sure at this point.

deathschool
April 2nd 2017


21817 Comments


I actually remember liking this a little more than Burn Burn, but this band has not been good for quite some time.

pacedown
April 2nd 2017


185 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'd say second part of the album is boring, but I really like the first 6 songs.

JigglyPDiddy
April 2nd 2017


3191 Comments


Chris Benoit the band

Loss1010
April 2nd 2017


39 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

burn burn was decent, but this was extraordinarily disappointing at the time.

CompostCompote
April 2nd 2017


737 Comments


You lost me at 4 brilliant albums in a row.

oodlesofnoodles
April 2nd 2017


55 Comments


What part of Naveed, Clumsy, Happiness..., and Spiritual Machines isn't brilliant? Honestly, these guys had a really good run.

CompostCompote
April 2nd 2017


737 Comments


Mostly the part where they were one less Smashing Pumpkin tuning away from being an artier Nickelback. But that's the only part, swear.

rodrigo90
April 2nd 2017


2924 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

OLP doesn't sound like the pumpkins at all. Not the vocals, nor the song structure, the melodies, nothing. I get MAD everytime they accused them of being a smashing pumpkins ripoff band. Even when the band feeder released polythene, the critics named them as the "uk answer to the smashing pumpkins". Fuck them



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