At times the most emotionally
charged musical relationships prove to be the most fruitful. "I
fired [producer] Bob Rock at one point and I think he quit at another,"
Maida says. "It was a very emotional process because we were fighting
to not compromise our artistic vision and bring as much artistry
as possible back into our music."
Taking a different approach
with this CD, the members of OLP opted for lengthy writing sessions
with breaks in between working on their creations in order to reflect
on the direction the new material would take. The new approach tested
OLP's collective patience and confidence. At some points, the process
even had members threatening to quit due to frustration.
The uniqueness of OLP
has always been Maida's haunting yet empowering voice. However,
the progression from their first album to this current release can
be measured in leaps and bounds musically through all of the members.
There has always been this tidal wave of guitar sound emanating
from Steve Mazur in the past. Although the guitar riffs are subtle,
Walking In Circles is almost like a tsunami of sound. And
Duncan Coutts's bass lines are heavier on tracks like Boy.
As a listener one is able to feel more of the band's music on this
CD than on any other. Lyrically, Will the Future Blame Us speaks
for itself. It is an introspective look by Maida and the band at
the current state of the world, with all it's chaos and insanity.
This is classic OLP writing at its finest.
A lot of the lyrical
inspiration lies within Maida's charity work with War Child. Traveling
to the Middle East over the last three years, the life, suffering
and hardships of cultures many of us will never know now has a voice
through Maida's experiences and songs. The first single, Where
Are You is a heartfelt look into the search for spirituality
in the world's sea of corruption. As Maida elaborates, "After spending
time in the Middle East and Africa, I came back and saw just how
powerful the religious right wing of North America is. I thought
it was a culture shock going over to those places, but the real
culture shock was coming back home." The tracks on Healthy In
Paranoid Times piece together a great story-line of thoughts
and feelings that draw the listener easily from one track to the
It has now been over
ten years since Our Lady Peace emerged on the music scene. They
have brought not only a very distinctive style to alternative music,
but they have put a face and a voice to issues that involve all
of us on this planet. Healthy In Paranoid Times is the most
comprehensive, timely and amazingly creative body of music OLP has
offered to the listening public to date. As drummer Jeremy Taggart
puts it, "This record is a perfect representation of our personalities
and our perspectives on things at the current moment."