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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

OLP lights it up with 'Burn Burn'

Our Lady Peace today releases its seventh studio album, “Burn Burn.”

If you’re an old-school OLP fan, you’ll probably be happy to know it sounds almost nothing like the band’s last album, 2005’s “Healthy In Paranoid Times.”

And that’s no accident.

In a March 2008 interview with the Montreal Gazette, lead singer Raine Maida was positively sick about “Healthy.”

“That record was total excess, total (expletive) in the sense of, we finally had succumbed to a label: making us record that many songs, trying to find the right singles for American radio and MTV,” Maida told the Gazette. “It was so depressing to go through that.”

“Burn Burn” was OLP’s attempt to get back to the group’s early work from the mid-’90s, but there are definitely some tracks mixed in along the way that hint at later points in OLP’s evolution. “Dreamland,” for example, sounds like it could’ve fit seamlessly on the “Gravity” album of 2002.

You won’t hear Maida hit any of those trademark falsetto notes that made “Superman’s Dead” such a hit in 1997. But there’s still a lot to like here, particularly the guitar work done midway through the final track, “Paper Moon.”

Our Lady Peace comes to Cleveland for an Aug. 17 show at House of Blues. In the meantime, if you’re a longtime fan of the band, do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of “Burn Burn.”

- Tom Valentino


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