The lead singer of Our Lady Peace has gone indie! Canadaâ€™s Raine Maida is releasing a solo album on
Kingnoise Records, and heâ€™s abandoned the falsetto affect you might be familiar with (well, not abandonedâ€”he still falls into it occasionally, especially when heâ€™s harmonizing with himself on overdubs), and traded it for an honest, rock and roll voice.
â€œHunterâ€™s Lullaby,â€ like most indie rock coming out these days, is a little dark, a little creepy, but thereâ€™s traces of the pop chops he showed when he helped write Kelly Clarkson’s, “Walk Away.” â€œThe Less I Know,â€ for example, has an Alice In Chains lite
feel, and it would be easy to imagine that in a teen girlâ€™s hands, with a big band a crashing flourish, it would be a monster hit. (I could do without the rap break, thoughâ€”whoever Jared Paul is, he should hang it up.) â€œThe Snake and the Crownâ€ has a Buck 65 feelâ€”itâ€™s edgier than Everlast, but its white blues rap all the same. Iâ€™m interested, but Iâ€™m not loving it until the bridge into the alt-rock chant, â€œWho let
you down? We did. We did.â€ Other tracks keep the grimey feel going, like creeping menace of â€œCareful What You Wish For,â€ which could easily be a Nick Cave outtake, featuring a chilling recurring piano riff crawling through darkness.
Check it out.
Bonus live cuts!