CD Review: Our Lady Peace, Burn, Burn

Four years after Healthy in Paranoid Times, Our Lady Peace finally returns with its follow-up and seventh studio album, Burn Burn. While the songs are technically perfect — glossy, melodic, radio-worthy — compared to the band’s earlier albums, Burn Burn seems more concerned with marketability than with cleverness and originality, a surprise considering the album’s an entirely independent release with no labels execs to please.

The first single, “All You Did Was Save My Life,” is standard upbeat pop-rock fun — if you block out the lyrics. Baffling lines like “You looked at me as you walked in the room / Like the Red Sea, you split me open / Somehow I knew these wings were stolen / All you did was save my life” leave me wondering whether vocalist Raine Maida’s sarcasm is for real, or if he’s genuinely appreciative of being saved by his pseudo-angel. The music video for the song, which features 90210’s Shenae Grimes being chased by her apparent savior, is even more perplexing.

(Embedding of the video has been disabled by request, but if you’re interested, check it out here: “All You Did Was Save My Life” video.)

None of the songs on Burn Burn are life-alterningly memorable, but some are pretty great. “Refuge,” “Dreamland,” “Escape Artist,” and “Monkey Brains” have earned their spots on my iPod. The rest of the album unfortunately falls by the wayside.

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