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Our Lady Peace
Gravity
Columbia Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
A friend of mine once said, "Our Lady Peace sucks", and after hearing Gravity, I couldn't agree more. Our Lady Peace have packed an album full of ten awful songs and headed off for America to socialize with Carson Daly on TRL, dropping anything they could possibly had going for them on their way (though I'm not really sure at the moment what that might have been.)

Gravity is supposed to be a turn in a new direction marked by the assistance of producer Bob Rock (Metallica), mixer Randy Staub (Nickelback, P.O.D.), and new guitarist Steve Mazur (chosen during a world-wide search for a new Our Lady Peace axe-man after their longtime guitarist Mike Turner left them last Christmas.) Where the Our Lady Peace of their past four albums could pass for interesting and even somewhat complex lyrically at times, with their new album the band has dumbed their music down more than ever, trying to compensate for brainlessness with a little extra force. Want proof? Just listen to "All For You," "Do You Like It," or "Sell My Soul."

On songs where the band isn't following a guideline of harder-makes-it-better, they're playing slower songs like "Somewhere Out There", which you've probably heard playing on the commercial radio stations across North America, so enough said there. Needless to say, it is even worse than the harder stuff.

If you're about to buy this album, you just might want to rethink your decision.

Reviewed by Jeanette Samyn
A contributing writer for LAS and a former music director WBAR at Barnard College.

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