Our Lady Peace - Burn, Burn
Record Label: Sony, Warner
Release Date: July 21st, 2009
Prior to the release of Burn, Burn, lead singer Raine Maida mentioned that it would resemble Our Lady Peace's first album, Naveed. In many respects he is correct. Without the use of producer Bob Rock (Metallica, Lostprophets, The Offspring), Our Lady Peace has created a much more fulfilling piece to add to their already magnificent library. Nonetheless, this record resembles their 2002 effort, Gravity, more than any other album to date.
Since the departure of original guitarist Mike Turner and long-time producer Arnold Lanni, Our Lady Peace has undergone a distinct sonic and stylistic change toward "mainstream" rock. Maida and company have been on an arena rock bender since. Burn, Burn attempts to capitalize on radio-friendly hymns by maintaining an upbeat tempo, plenty of power chords, and ample amount of cliche lyrics. Upon first listen, they appear to be maintaining this standard.
It is the simple, quarter-note churning in the introduction of "Monkey Brains" that issues the first stand-out track on the album. Finally, Our Lady Peace has transcended to a place where Maida can accentuate his global humanitarianism while the rest of the band gives a heavy dose of articulate rock-and-roll. "White Flags", "All You Did Was Save My Life", and "Dreamland" all represent the post-Lanni direction of the band but tracks like "Paper Moon" and "Sings of Life" represent the humble promise of Our Lady Peace's early efforts.
Like many other artists, Our Lady Peace released an accompanying "deluxe edition" of the album, entitled Burn, Burn, Burn. This version features studio footage, a pair of non-album tracks, and music videos that cater to the taste and fascination of their fan base. To these listeners this album represents the culmination of records past. Unfortunately, for many listeners this album will be set by the wayside because it does not represent the new, fresh look on rock-and-roll they have become accustomed to.