Our Lady Peace - “Curve” Review
Rating: 7.5 out of 10
First Single: Heavyweight
Stand Out Tracks: Fire In The Henhouse, Rabbits
After being a huge Our Lady Peace fan for over a decade. This loose review has been written because Curve is GRAND compared to the past two mediocre albums “Healthy in Paranoid Times” and “Burn Burn.” It is very hard to compare it to the mainstream lineup considering I don’t follow Top 50.
Our Lady Peace’s direction changed after Spiritual Machines. Spiritual Machines didn’t fit into the band’s catalog, but they were able to pull it off tastefully and superior to past releases. This review is not to get into the production of the album, but band’s life in comparison to Curve.
Steve Mazur still continues where Mike Turner (Former lead guitarist) left off. The guitar fills are dominating, but lack the garage-punk influences that Mike brought to the kitchen table. Steve brings a modem array of sound while complimenting the organ/synth greatly in different tracks on Curve. The way Steve utilizes his guitar effect defines modern “radio rock” as we know it to be. I would LOVE to see clean tapping techniques and crunchy distortion in the next album.
Raine Maida at the age of 42 is still able to take his vocals to remarkable heights and just waiting to be drowned by compliments. The rebellious I’m going to do what I want with my lyrics approach is a newer addition to his style in the past seven years. I’m a little upset he has not written about spacey science related topics in the recent years. I can’t express how pleased I am to see Raine leaving his political believes at home. Not that I don’t agree, but it’s not Our Lady Peace.
The bass, the bass! The bass stands out more on this album compared to all previous albums except the freshmen release Naveed. I was overwhelmed with excitement to hear Duncan Coutts stand out on Curve. In the past Duncan was driving Mr. Jeremy Taggart, but on Curve he is reaching out and expressing himself to listeners with his axe. The quite type Duncan can be in interviews, it was warming to relate emotional feelings to his thick conservative bass lines.
Let’s not forget my favorite Jazz influenced drummer Jeremy Taggart. On Curve he held back his awesomeness to keep it simple. This album I was not impressed, but as a musician I realize sometimes we have to put our talents aside to create and categorize a different sound. No one can be disappointed with Jeremy on this album. The only thing I would have loved to see on this album is more electronic drums.
Being together for twenty years Our Lady Peace holds back from shaping their sound to what they really should be. If the band decides to never produce another album and is satisfied that Curve is their best work… I will be satisfied too. I really wish on the next album they would bring in several younger musicians minds to contribute ideas to the album to give the band some fresh hip indie ideas.