Our Lady Peace Burn Burn

April 1, 2010

gp0410_Depts_rants_OLP_nrCanada’s Our Lady Peace first garnered some attention with their driving, grungy tune “Starseed” back in the mid- ’90s. In the ensuing 15 years, the band has sold five million records, worked with über-producer Bob Rock, and gotten a new guitarist in Steve Mazur. Now they’re getting back to their indie roots with this self-produced effort. Mazur’s tones are very immediate and his parts have a raw, reckless quality that’s a nice change from the super-slick over-production that’s everywhere these days. The comparisons to U2 that have dogged this band are sure to resume when people hear “The End Is Where We Begin” (as well as “Refuge” and “White Flags”) but Mazur gets his own thing back with clean single-note lines on “Signs of Life” and class-A clang on “Paper Moon.” His oblique bends in “Monkey Brains” are scratchy and mean and seem to be right on the verge of getting out of control. The guitar tones are probably the strongest thing about Burn Burn. Our Lady Peace.

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