Lady Peace: Gravity
By: Lauren Jonik (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Sometimes, while creating
a work of art, the pieces fall beautifully into place. The combination
of hard work, good fortune and being open to change often invites
the best to come. As the forces of gravity in the universe draw
objects towards them, Our
Lady Peace's latest album, aptly titled Gravity, draws
listeners to the heart of what they do best.
The melodic first single,
Somewhere Out There, is at once yearning and hopeful, a theme
that is consistent throughout the album, the band's fifth release
since forming in 1992. Lyrically reflecting that change can bring
challenges, it reminds that, more importantly, change can bring
triumphs and new beginnings. One such notable transformation occurred
in December 2001, when longtime guitarist Mike Turner decided to
leave the band. The remaining members, vocalist Raine Maida, bassist
Duncan Coutts and drummer Jeremy Taggert, ended their search for
a new guitarist, when they discovered the talents of Detroit, Michigan
native Steve Mazur. His inclusion in the band was formally announced
in April 2002.
For the creation of Gravity,
which was released on June 18, 2002 on Sony, Our Lady Peace enlisted
the skills of legendary producer Bob Rock, who has worked with Metallica,
Jovi and The
Cult, amongst others. Faraway from their home of Toronto, Canada,
the band recorded on the island paradise of Maui at Rock's Plantation
Studios--- a location that allowed them to focus solely on what
they were there for: to create music.
As distinctive as their
sound are Raine Maida's vocals, which convey the strength found
in searching and growing, as well as the vulnerability that comes
from the ever present quest to become wiser, more open--- more connected
to yourself and to others. The second single Innocent, released
in late summer of 2002, includes the memorable chorus, "I remember
feeling low, I remember losing hope, I remember all the feelings
and the day they stopped. We are all innocent."
In the album's closing
track, Story About A Girl, the lyrics end on the promise
to always remain present for a loved one--- "I'll always be
there, With all my faith, With all my heart, And all the simple
things you are." Perhaps, in the end, that is the most precious
gift we can offer.
As gravity has the power
to draw downward, Gravity by Our Lady Peace proves that sometimes,
it also has the power to elevate.