Review: Our Lady Peace — Somethingness, Vol. 1

Artist: Our Lady Peace
Album: Somethingness, Vol. 1
Released: Aug. 25, 2017
Genre: Alternative/Rock

It’s been a long time since Canadian rock royalty Our Lady Peace has released new music. Aside from the dance rock-influenced “Won’t Turn Back,” a resurgent single released following the departure of longtime drummer Jeremy Taggart in 2014, the last time we heard new music out of OLP was 2012’s “Curve.”

Now, the band is giving us new tunes in two waves, with the first – “Somethingness, Vol. 1” – hitting us with four tracks that were worth the wait. In typical OLP fashion, this collection is distinctive from the band’s previous efforts, while remaining true to OLP’s sound and demeanor.

We kick off with “Drop Me in the Water,” the album’s lead single that features frontman Raine Maida yearning to be cleansed of past transgressions. The song features a groovy verse rooted in the steady bassline of Duncan Coutts, and a song structure that largely seems to pick up where “Heavyweight” – the lead single from “Curve” – left off. From there, we head into “Hiding Place for Hearts,” an atmospheric, piano-heavy ballad that utilizes Maida’s distinctive falsetto in tandem with the mature baritone of his more recent work.

It’s clear that the band has been paying attention to current trends in alternative music. One might get a Vance Joy vibe from the opening of “Falling Into Place,” a soaring, mid-tempo track which features a dynamic performance from guitarist Steve Mazur. Listeners may also note the folk sensibility of Maida’s verses, which call the singer’s solo work to mind.

We close “Somethingness, Vol. 1” with “Nice to Meet You,” a well-crafted, catchy tune whose pop rock accessibility makes it a strong candidate to be the EP’s second single.

Track listing:
Drop Me in the Water
Hiding Place for Hearts
Falling Into Place
Nice to Meet You

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