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CD Review: Alert the Medic “We, the Weapon”

Alert the Medic has been perking up the ears of fans and critics alike in Canada’s East Coast. They’ve made some major career strides so far, having toured alongside Ill Scarlett and shared stages with Our Lady Peace, Arkells, Hollerado and more. They received four nominations at the Nova Scotia Music Awards and in early 2011 it was announced that they were nominated for the much coveted “Fan’s Choice Entertainer of the Year” award at the East Coast Music Awards.

“We, the Weapon” is the band’s sophomore effort and was released last year, following their self-titled debut album from 2006. The band has gained a reputation for writing driving rock anthems and performing them passionately during their energetic live shows.

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CD Review: Our Lady Peace “Burn Burn (Deluxe Edition)”

OLPIt has been since 2005 that we’ve heard anything from the Canadian band Our Lady Peace, known to most for their string of alternative rock hits in the late 90s (including “Superman’s Dead” and “4 AM”). The distinctive vocals and unusual inflections of Raine Maida may not be pleasing to everyone’s ears, but one thing these guys have consistently done is write good pop rock songs under the guise of “alternative”. Long-time fans often complain that the band’s sound has evolved to be too commercial and mainstream since 2002’s “Gravity”, which spawned the awesome hit, “Somewhere Out There”, but I for one have enjoyed them more and more with each release.

Which brings us to their new record, “Burn Burn”, the seventh album. While “Burn Burn” was hyped as a return to their older sound, I actually think it is a logical extension that picks up where they left off with “Healthy in Paranoid Times”. In other words, “Burn Burn” is a slick and well-produced record, full of hooks and more straightforward lyrics, and finds Maida sticking to a more accessible vocal tone, minimizing those strange inflections and grating falsetto that were his trademark in the 90s. To me, these are good things. Everything from the ultra catchy single, “All You Did Was Save My Life” to the upbeat and climatic bonus tracks pull you in with the hypnotic vocals, memorable melodies, and sonic brilliance. A very worthy addition to the Our Lady Peace discography.