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This Canadian combo has always subscribed to the "bigger is better" philosophy, turning out a heady brand of rock, rooted in '70s AOR but iced with an appealingly arty top layer. The latter element largely emanates from singer Raine Maida, whose soaring voice splits the difference between Scott Weiland's sweep and David Bowie's croon. Maida hits his stride most effectively on the songs that show the most dynamic range, notably "Sell My Soul" and "Somewhere Out There," both of which employ complex structures that highlight the virtuosic playing without sounding like mere technical blueprints. New guitarist Steve Mazur brings a little more edge to Gravity than was ...
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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
This Canadian combo has always subscribed to the "bigger is better" philosophy, turning out a heady brand of rock, rooted in '70s AOR but iced with an appealingly arty top layer. The latter element largely emanates from singer Raine Maida, whose soaring voice splits the difference between Scott Weiland's sweep and David Bowie's croon. Maida hits his stride most effectively on the songs that show the most dynamic range, notably "Sell My Soul" and "Somewhere Out There," both of which employ complex structures that highlight the virtuosic playing without sounding like mere technical blueprints. New guitarist Steve Mazur brings a little more edge to Gravity than was present on the band's first four records. And while there are points -- "Made of Steel," for instance -- where a few too many of the quartet's rough edges are sanded away by producer Bob Rock's knob twirling, Gravity packs enough of a punch to give OLP their best chance yet at a Stateside breakthrough.
All Music Guide - Robert L. Doerschuk
The lyrics on Our Lady Peace's Gravity rage at the spiritual bankruptcy of suburban oldsters "All for You", express tender regret over love lost "your purple hair" is among the items missed in "Somewhere Out There," a kind of apocalyptic variation on "These Foolish Things", and otherwise zoom in on the blemished face of modern life. It's apparent that Raine Maida has a message and the pipes to deliver it with angst and fury in appropriate proportion.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/18/2002
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 696998658523
  • Catalog Number: 86585

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 All for You (4:14)
  2. 2 Do You Like It (3:58)
  3. 3 Somewhere Out There (4:11)
  4. 4 Innocent (3:42)
  5. 5 Made of Steel (3:41)
  6. 6 Not Enough (4:33)
  7. 7 Sell My Soul (4:20)
  8. 8 Sorry (3:18)
  9. 9 Bring Back the Sun (5:11)
  10. 10 A Story About a Girl (4:18)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Our Lady Peace Primary Artist
Duncan Coutts Bass
Raine Maida Vocals
Jeremy Taggart Drums
Steve Mazur Guitar
Mike Turner Rhythm Guitar
Technical Credits
Bob Buckley String Arrangements
George Marino Mastering
Bob Rock Producer, Engineer
Catherine McRae Art Direction
Jamie Edwards String Arrangements
Eric Helmkamp Engineer
Erik Lawrence Management
Rob Lanni Management
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Our lady peace does it again.

    They are so brilliant. This has to be the best band in the world. Gravity sounds diffrent from the last four albums. But it's still a solid album, and a album you should get. Our lady peace forever.<3

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    i love our lady peace

    i love this cd, particularly "do you like it". the lyrics are unique and you can feel emotion in them. i would definitely recommend this cd.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great CD!

    I loved this CD. The deep, catchy lyrics are thoughtful and fun to sing along to, and unlike some CD's, all of the songs are distinct and unique. Overall a great buy, well worth the money!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Our Lady Peace ; Gravity

    i think that this is a really great cd, it really got to me

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not what I was expecting

    I was a more than a bit dissapointed with this album. It seemed more of a regression in lyrical development for Raine Maida than the revolutionary new sound they had been hyping it up to be. This album does seem capable to accomplish what it seemingly was designed to be- a pop music cd. This cd is at a loss for edge in comparison to the bands previous four album. Although this album is not what I would expect for OLP standards it still has amazing moments especially in the first track.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    OLP

    Our lady peace is easily my favorite band, and this album is AMAZING- i love every single song on it and i play it 24/7 - Raine Maida has such a hott voice and the guitar parts are really good... i'd reconmend it to anyone

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Now an OLP fan

    Gravity is one of those rare albums you can stick in your player and not have to touch it until the end. Not even an OLP fan before this album, I got intrigued first by Somewhere Out There and ended up being quite surprised by the quality of the album. You can tell this album wasn't made to typically ride off one or two quality singles--each and every track is fantastic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Our Lady Peace ROCKS

    I absolutely LOVE Our Lady Peace. They are my all time favorite band. When ''Gravity'' came out, I was very excited...I am very impressed with their new guitarist, Steve Mazur, who gives the band a new kind of sound. Something different, which is kind of hard to explain. ''Gravity'' is different from any of the other four albums in several ways. For instance, the lyrics are more enlightening. The other albums pose a melancholy facade, which I actually kind of like better than the more uplifting ones. I was always so mesmerized by their emotional tone. I am also very impressed by the band members themselves. I saw them in concert in Atlanta last month and they blew the place away. Magnificent show, and Raine is such a crowd pleaser (not to mention nice to look at...but so are the rest of them). I met them and got their autographs and they were so pleasant and friendly. Anyhoo, in conclusion, Our Lady Peace is the best band ever...always has been and always will be. ROCK ON!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Pros and Cons of Gravity

    As a long-time fan of Our Lady Peace, it was quite a surprise to pick up my copy of Gravity and find that the band's style of music had changed drastically during the recording of the new album. Not only are the lyrics noticeably simplified, but also, the vocals are much deeper and huskier to the point that the rock star's trademark 'nasal' voice is now almost unrecognizable. The change is not necessarily for the worst, however; I enjoyed the smoother vocals and strong bass lines that define Gravity. Steve Mazur has proven a competent replacement for former guitarist Mike Turner. Producer Bob Rock has taken Raine Maida's lyrics and removed much of its cryptic quality, and as a result the songs are generally straightforward and rely less on metaphors to get their meaning across. Our Lady Peace has lost some of the uniqueness that originally made them stand out as one of the leaders in the world of rock music. Regardless of the new style, I grew to appreciate Gravity and found myself listening to it frequently. Fans will enjoy the fast-paced ''All For You'' and the anthemic ''Do You Like It'', the two opening tracks. The majority of Gravity¿s songs are easy to listen to and radio-friendly, perhaps a result of the band¿s becoming more mainstream. ''Sell My Soul'' is the odd one out. It has a slow, eerie quality that one grows to appreciate after a few repetitions of the CD. ''Innocent'', the new single and one of my personal favourites, is an uplifting song about facing personal fears and overcoming weakness. No matter who the audience, listeners will likely find themselves identifying with the story behind the lyrics and singing along. ''A Story About A Girl'' is an enigmatic song with a catchy, stuck-in-your-head melody interspersed with strong guitar riffs by Mike Turner (who makes three cameo appearances on the album). Lyricwise, ''Not Enough'' stands out as one of the calmer songs, yet is far from being dull. Raine's soulful vocals give a rugged quality to the song in what may be the one track most resembling Our Lady Peace's older works. Overall, I recommend Gravity to those who enjoy decent rock music that is just a tad unconventional. While critics will undoubtedly be pleased with Raine's new style of singing, it is likely that hardcore fans will miss the old sound they have become accustomed to. It is clear that Our Lady Peace is going through the process of rediscovering themselves as a band, of evolving and experimenting with new styles. Evolving... but into what?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Gravity offers something for everyone

    ''Gravity'', the newest release from the Canadien group Our Lady Peace, takes the band in a different direction from thier last release ''Spiritual Machines'' -- and it is a good direction. Gravity contains a good mix of heavy guitar riffs and calm, soothing, melancholy music. The change is noticed right away in the intro to the first track, ''All for you.'' The heavy guitar sound at the beginning of the song starts you on a musical journey through time. Looking at the title for track two, ''Do you like it?'' makes it seem as if the band is asking for the listener's opinion of the music. Many of the songs in the middle of the CD are easy to relate to for anyone who has ever been in a relationship ... good or bad. The smash hit ''Somewhere out there'' is track three on the CD and offers hope that a gone lover will return soon. Track four, ''Innocent'' has a good melody and offers some inspiration to people having a tough time with things in life. Two of the best tracks on the CD are also ones that offer hope and apologies for lost loves. On ''Sell my soul'', track seven, lead singer Raine Maida pleads for a lover to stay singing ''I hold on/I hold on/I'd sell my soul for you.'' The track has a very mellow sound and is probably the most moving one on the record. Along the same lines, is ''Bring back the sun,'' track nine. On this track, Madia proclaims that if you ''bring back the sun/we'll bury this hate/and build it with love.'' This is another moving song with a great melody. However, Madia wants you to know that he is far from a wimp when it comes to women. On tracks six and eight, ''Not enough'' and ''Sorry'' respectivley, the singer calls out his lover. On ''sorry'', he has finally had enough and can't take it anymore singing ''Sorry I can't lie/So I'll just say goodbye.'' All and all, this CD is just as great as all of the other CD's by this quartet -- which, along with Madia includes guitarist Steve Mazur, bass player Duncan Coutts and drummer Jeremy Taggart. The only complaint that I have is the lenghth of this CD. At just over 41 minutes, it leaves the listener wanting more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Gravity Will Not Affect The Altitude Of This Album

    Upon the first listen of the latest Our Lady Peace album entitled, ''Gravity'', it is evident that it has been the most vigorous and energetic album to date. Much of this can be attributed to the addition of new guitarist, Steve Mazur. This album features more aggressive guitar playing, that former guitarist Mike Turner seemed to lack. Turner's absence from this album is conspicuous. Songs such as ''All For You'' and ''Made of Steel'', epitomize this aggression. The hardest vocal effort that I have heard from singer, Raine Maida, appears in the bridge of ''Not Enough'', where he turbulently shouts ''it's not enough'' repeatedly. Unfortunately, the band seems to lose some of their aesthetic qualities that were abundant in their previous, ''Spiritual Machines'' and ''Happiness Is Not A Fish That You Can Catch''. The name and inspiration from the preceding and most alluring album, ''Spiritual Machines'', was taken from Ray Kurzweil's ''The Age of Spiritual Machines(When Computers Exceed Human Intelligence)''. I feel that Raine best inhabits his artistic niche when he releases his high-pitched ululations on songs such as ''All My Friends'' and ''Are You Sad''. The only song on ''Gravity'' that reveals a vestige of this is ''Innocent'', when he states, ''I remember...''. Any true Our Lady Peace fan would realize that ''Gravity'' is a good album, but I do believe that they need to relapse into a pattern delineated in ''Spiritual Machines''.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    OLP Bigger Then Ever!!

    I'd have to say that the new cd by Our Lady Peace,''Graity'', is a step in the right direction for the band. Not that their past albums were flops, they all have done very well on the modern rock charts. But this album has something a little different, a very big sound! The band sounds so big my stereo can barely handle it, through the pounding opening track,''All For You'', to the happy melodies of tracks like.''Innocent'' and ''Story About A Girl'', to the wonderful flowing guitar solo in, ''Not Enough''. This cd definetly takes you on a wild ride. If you haven't picked up this cd yet, what the heck are you waiting for, go out and get it!!! You might as well get used to hearing about the band in years to come because they definetly aren't slowing down any!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Beauty of Gravity

    A marked departure from their previous efforts, Gravity unveils yet another side of the musical superbeing that is Our Lady Peace. The addition of guitarist Steve Mazur and producer Bob Rock results in a sound that is laden with energy, passion and emotion. Gravity is very much on the opposite end of the musical spectrum from OLP's previous releases. The band has moved away from heavy concepts and layered effects and has taken their sound back to the basics. The result is an intensely raw record, emanating with the power of a live OLP show. At times Raine's lyrics remain crypitcally poetic as on past albums, but it is obvious that he has made an effort to open himself up by making soem of his lyrics more approachable. Songs like ''Not ENough'', ''All For You'' and ''Do You Like It'' display distinctive ''rock'' guitars and radiate passion. ''Innocent'', ''Sorry'' and ''Somewhere Out There'' scream with the potential to be radio hits and are laden with hooks and catchy lyrics. ''Bring Back the Sun'' is reminiscent of Spiritual Machines and seems to be heavily influenced by former guitarist Mike Turner. With just the right amount of tweaking, the band has created a wonderfully unpretentious sound that is a welcome releief in today's world of overproduced pop musicians. As a whole, the album is very consistent and shines with a passion that has been unseen in the band since the days of Naveed. With Gravity, OLP has singlehandedly created the potential to reach new heights of their popularity worldwide.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Another Gravity Defiant Work of Art

    Our Lady Peace never fail to create beautiful, flowing albums that encourage the listener to forget about that little shuffle button and just enjoy the songs which compliment each other so well. Gravity is the latest embrace from Canada¿s ever-evolving OLP, and I find the evolution refreshing and brilliant each time `round. Although some of the lyrics have been slaughtered in other¿s reviews for the simplicity of them, there really are some gems on this album. ¿A piece of string that reminds you not to think.¿ ¿When you climb up to that hill, up to your place, I hope you¿re well.¿ ¿Today the past is a freak.¿ ¿I dug you up a rainbow.¿ Each listen further fuels my love for this amazingly talented band of musicians. From Duncan¿s heartening bass to Jeremy¿s perfect drums to Steve¿s rocking guitar riffs to Raine¿s unique voice. This album is truly another `Gravity¿ defiant work of art.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    OMA

    Once in a great while, there appears an album so beautifully bound that you can listen to it straight through, without any emotional complexes. The song arrangement of this album blends into bleeding skies of life, love and hope, in ways that all of us encounter it. It starts with a struggle, in the first song ''All For You'', a small town boy looking for proof that there is a little more to life that what he sees everyday. It's musically raw, fast, angry and fierce. After this it's on to heartache in the beautiful and mesmerizing first single, ''Somewhere Out There''. The second to last song, ''Bring Back The Sun'', looks on the present that was based on the past, and realizes that it's not what the narrator wants for a future. Instead, in ''A Story About A Girl'', what is realized is that in life, it's only all the simple things that really matter. This album is not only well constructed musically, but it reads like a book. Once you hear the first song, you have to know how it ends. Unlike most modern rock, that is all a repeated three-chord deal, it is original, insightful, and a great example of what music should be. This band has come a long way from their last naïve, whiny and simple emotionally draining last album, ''Clumsy'', only to reach a point of growth as musicians and people. The vocals are powerful, the bass is driven, the guitars deliver, and the drums make the shot that never misses its mark. Sometimes music is more than well-played instruments. Sometimes all that matters is how it makes you feel. I know that I am personally tired of all the depressing rock that plagues the radio today. For once, in a long time, I have found recently recorded music that makes me feel good, that makes me feel alive. Instead of becoming upswept in the pain one feels, become in touch with ''Gravity'', and realizes what it feels like to smile.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    'Gravity' proves worthy of fans' attention

    The conspicuous aptitude of the Canadian rock band, Our Lady Peace, remains evident through the release of their latest album, 'Gravity,' which hit stores June 18 of this year. The potent lyrics accompanied by the vibrancy of the music assures their eager fans that Our Lady Peace won't stop rocking for their spot in the States' long list of sought-after bands, despite their Canadian heritage. Each song on the album exhibits power and intensity to the listener, yet possesses a certain sense of emotion that reels in listeners of all tastes. 'Gravity' has unquestionably proven itself worthy of being labeled the preferred album of Our Lady Peace fans throughout North America and beyond.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    OLP Gravity

    If Our Lady Peace is new to your vocabulary, you have alot of listening to catch up on. Gravity, the 5th of OLP's albums, does nothing close to letting their many fans down. Since Naveed I have been hooked to their music. Raine voice takes you to another world and his lyrics are those that many people can relate to. If I had the money, I would buy this cd and all of OLP's others for every music lover. I highly recommend ''Gravity''

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    sooooo good

    I think this is OLP's best album. The lyrics are just as good as the music that supports it. It's very well balanced. There's the hard rocking, gut wrenching "Not Enough" (especially the bridge) perfectly balanced with the mellow, smooth "Bring Back the Sun". I have to say, the best part about all the songs are their bridges. E.g. "Not Enough", "Do You Like It", and "Story About A Girl" --- they all have very catchy bridges. I recommend this to old and new listeners of OLP. You'll love this

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ''Gravity'' Doesn't Suck

    On their fifth go-round of the studio album circut, Canada's Our Lady Peace can officially say they have made the album of their careers. Not that past favorites like ''Clumsy'' and ''Spiritual Machines'' weren't great albums, but the recently released ''Gravity'' has all the makings of a future classic. Starting off with a startlingly hard rocker (''All For You''), ''Gravity'' progresses immediately into one of the best OLP songs ever, ''Do You Like It'' (yes, yes I do). By the time the third song hits (the single, ''Somewhere Out There,'' which is already Our Lady Peace's most popular song in their near-deacade history), you get the feeling that the boys in OLP have a rejuviated sense of what it means to rock. They do. Other highlights include the destined-to-be-a-crowd-sing-along-during-the-encore song ''Innocent,'' the somber yet hopeful ''Bring Back The Sun,'' and ''Not Enough,'' which includes possibly the best guitar solo to ever be recorded on a CD of a band not known for their guitar solos. There are very few weak spots on the album. ''Made Of Steel'' takes a somber subject matter and turns it into a hard-rocking, upbeat number that requires serious attention to know what the song is about, and ''Sorry,'' while musically a great song, treads the same subject matter as has been heard in other songs on ''Gravity''. Maybe it was the new producer (Bob Rock, replacing Arnold Lanni, who produced OLP's four previous albums), maybe it was the change of location (the band recorded ''Gravity'' in Hawaii, rather than Toronto, where they recorded the first four), or maybe it was a fresh guitarist (Mike Turner, a founding member, left in December 2001 and was replaced with Steve Mazur). Likely, it was a combination of all three that led to ''Gravity,'' a career-defining album for Canada's favorite sons.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Another Product of Bob Rock

    After hearing the first few tracks off of <i>Gravity</i>, the latest effort from Canadian quartet Our Lady Peace, it becomes obvious that Bob Rock was the driving force behind the follow up to their 2001 release <i>Spiritual Machines</i>. This record has a more corporate sound, which is characteristic of Bob Rock, but quite a change for OLP. The band is definitely at an advantage in this respect, though, as their new single ''Somewhere Out There'' remains in high rotation on radio stations around the U.S. <br> <br> Our Lady Peace has a very unique sound, which can be heard on any of their previous albums, but with the introduction of a new guitarist and producer comes a completely new sound. Raine Maida (lead vocals) has traded in his trademark falsettos for richer, darker vocals giving the band and even more generic sound. The song ''Somewhere Out There'' sounds eerily like Course of Nature's ''Caught In the Sun.'' And songs like ''Made of Steel'' and ''All For You'' lack depth and meaning, which is surprising coming from the intellectual Raine Maida, someone who's always been known for writing very contemplative lyrics. <br> <br> The new album has its high points with songs like ''Bring Back the Sun'' and ''Sorry,'' reminiscent of 1999's <i>Happiness...Is Not a Fish That You Can Catch</i>. This similarity is probably due to the presence of former guitarist Mike Turner on the tracks. Another song worth recognition is ''Innocent,'' the second single to spin off the record. Its positive and uplifting lyrics are a much needed break from the more recent wave of negative singles to pollute the airwaves, putting forth a message that no matter how bad things get ''we are all innocent.'' <br> <br> In the end, some fans might say that Our Lady Peace ''sold out.'' They left long-time producer and friend Arnold Lanni to work with the legendary Bob Rock, who produced a very commercial sounding album that was an immediate hit, getting them the most air play they've ever seen in the U.S. However, other fans might say that the band's success was long over due, and that Our Lady Peace is finally seeing the same success in the U.S. that they've enjoyed in Canada for the past ten years.

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