Our Lady Peace
Clumsy


4.5
superb

Review

by Mikesn EMERITUS
December 7th, 2006 | 32 replies


Release Date: 1997 | Tracklist


The rock scene was as crowded as ever during the 90's. For the first half of the decade, Grunge bands popped out of the ground left and right. In the post-Grunge landscape of the second half of the 1990's alternative rock took over, with bands similar to the likes of Collective Soul, Everclear, and Smashing Pumpkins filling in the void. Now, generally Canada does not contribute to the mainstream rock scene quite as much as the US, but that does not mean that the cupboard was bare. Far from it. One of the Canadian bands to make it in the industry and gain popularity in the ever successful rock scene is Our Lady Peace. Formed in Toronto Ontario in 1992, the band has released several well received albums, including their sophomore effort, Clumsy in 1997. After the immensely popular debut album, Naveed, Our Lady Peace's second full length album had become a highly anticipated album. Needless to say, despite the seemingly enormous pressure that the group must have felt, they passed with flying colours, releasing one of the most successful albums of their career.

From the very beginning of the opener, Superman's Dead, it is very evident that Clumsy has a very 90's mind frame. The music is very typical of many of the band's alternative rock contemporaries. Listeners find themselves greeted by simple, yet tight rhythms through the run-time of the band's sophomore effort, rhythms which help lead the song through the many memorable choruses and verses. The guitar driven melodies that can be found through songs like the staggeringly infectious title track snake themselves through the eleven track recording and oftentimes present an enjoyable take on the 90's rock scene. The band is very competent as songwriters, piecing together strong songs which balance the memorable, sing along choruses with solid musicianship and excellent riffs and melodies. While Our Lady Peace does not exactly shine light on a new, different style of rock, they do give listeners an excellent take on the already dominant genre of the decade.

By far the most impressive member of Our Lady Peace's musical efforts is vocalist Raine Maida. Like his band mates, the Canadian singer does not present a new, radical way of singing alternative rock, but instead opts for the traditional vocal efforts of the genre. Quite the talented singer, Raine's high pitched vocals are strong throughout the album, from the powerful, anathematic choruses of songs like Superman's Dead and Automatic Flowers to softer sessions in 4 A.M. to the mainly vocal driven Hello Oskar. Maida's charismatic voice is a powerful tool which Our Lady Peace makes perfect use of on Clumsy. Maida manages to make both the verses and the choruses of the record's tracks into memorable affairs with the listener. Raine's singing has always been quite likeable throughout his career with Our Lady Peace, and his efforts on Clumsy are very enjoyable to listen to. I would definitely have to say that Maida is one of my favourite vocalists in his respective genre.

Our Lady Peace faced high expectations while putting together their second album, Clumsy. But the four piece was still able to create a highly enjoyable 40 some minute record, which mixes the many pros of the post grunge scene of the 90s. One of the band's better records, Clumsy has spawned several classic Our Lady Peace tracks and a string of hits, including the likes of Superman's Dead, Automatic Flowers, and 4 A.M. Quite the memorable record, it features the entirety of the band in top form, especially vocalist Raine Maida, whose energetic efforts bring Clumsy both momentum and catchiness. Fans of alt rock, or other forms of post-grunge music should surely find Our Lady Peace appealing, and I would definitely recommend Clumsy to new listeners. Get it if you have the chance.



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metallicaman8
December 7th 2006


4677 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I've always wanted to review this, but I can't find the CD. I have the case, but Cd is nowhere to be found



Nice review, Mikey.

Onewaytrip2hell
December 7th 2006


508 Comments


^You should just copy your CDs down onto your computer into Windows Media Player or something like that as soon as you get them. That's what I do. That way you don't have to search for it when you want to listen to it while at your computer. Then you'll still be able to listen to it if you lose it, so the problem's solved.

Solid review. Great job. But it's still a quick read, and doesn't drag on, which makes it even better.

metallicaman8
December 7th 2006


4677 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

^You should just copy your CDs down onto your computer into Windows Media Player or something like that as soon as you get them.




I did that once upon a time, but then my computer had to be entirely rebooterd and I lost all my music files. And unfortunately now I can't find a lot of the cds that were on there.

Onewaytrip2hell
December 7th 2006


508 Comments


Well that sucks. I lost some CDs before, so I've gotten into that habit. But then, if there's a problem with your computer or something, you could be screwed.This Message Edited On 12.07.06

Patrick
December 7th 2006


1891 Comments


great review, I've wanted this for a LONG time.

The Sludge
December 7th 2006


2170 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ha, it's a very delicious album, and review as well.

Intransit
December 7th 2006


2797 Comments


oh mike, you're such a sweet boy.

Good review, Ive never really been into this band. good to see you are breaking out of the metal reviewing more often.

tom79
December 7th 2006


3650 Comments


A great album. OLP's first 3 albums were all good. '4 a.m.' is simply a beautiful song.

Oh and good review. As always....This Message Edited On 12.07.06

Mikesn
Emeritus
December 8th 2006


3708 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This'll never really approach Naveed for me
Naveed is actually the only studio album that I haven't heard from this bad.



Thanks for kinds words 'n stuff.



I've always wanted to review this, but I can't find the CD. I have the case, but Cd is nowhere to be found
That sucks...but where would the CD have gone?

metallicaman8
December 8th 2006


4677 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I don't know. Quite a few of them are missing. I think my brother has something to do with it.

Mikesn
Emeritus
December 8th 2006


3708 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

They should turn up eventually.

mryrtmrnfoxxxy
January 31st 2014


14983 Comments


spooky

BigHans
January 31st 2014


29379 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

AND MAYBE YOU SHOULD SLEEP



AND MAYBE YOU JUST NEED



A FRIEND

Green Baron
January 31st 2014


24321 Comments


is it bad that I never heard of these guys

Digging: mewithoutYou - [Untitled]

BigHans
January 31st 2014


29379 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

listen to the songs Naveed and Clumsy thats their two best they go hard.

SirDrumsalot
January 31st 2014


1825 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I was waiting for this one to pop up.



Automatic Flowers is sweet.

SirDrumsalot
January 31st 2014


1825 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I dont think I ever listened to much after Happiness...

Maybe I'll have to give a listen to the others.

SirDrumsalot
January 31st 2014


1825 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Word.

I'll check those two out.

Green Baron
January 31st 2014


24321 Comments


Altrock90sgeneric?

MeatSalad
January 31st 2014


17377 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah



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