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Album Review

Our Lady Peace, 'Burn Burn'

July 27, 2009

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Rock
Our Lady Peace Burn Burn
Warner Independent
ESSENTIAL “All You Did Was Save My Life’’

It’s no surprise that Our Lady Peace returns after a seven-year recording hiatus as its earnest, sweeping guitar rock has come back in vogue (see Daughtry, David Cook, etc.). How folks feel about this sturdy set depends on how they reacted to OLP’s first six albums. There’s never been anything subtle about these guys, and they still rock with too much post-U2 bluster. The fine first single, “All You Did Was Save My Life,’’ is OLP in a nutshell. The sentiment is ridiculously overblown, but they manage to hook you in. Thankfully, vocalist Raine Maida has modulated his approach and dropped his often grating tendency to reach for every high note in the galaxy. Guitarist Steve Mazur is more prominent and adds grit and slash, especially to the churning “Monkey Brains.’’ The disc, produced by the band, is tighter, focused, and much more melodic than in the past. While most of it is fiery, some of the best moments (“Signs of Life’’) recognize that it’s often as important to glow as it is to burn. (Out now) KEN CAPOBIANCO