Review: Our Lady Peace – One Man Army (Rock)

This review covers the alternative rock track Our Lady Peace – One Man Army.

This track was released in 1999 on the album Happiness… Is Not a Fish That You Can Catch. We previously reviewed the track Is Anybody Home from the same album. That track got a pretty solid score. So, we thought we’d give this track a listen to see how good it is too.

The track starts with a synth and a pad. There’s also a very subtle whispering embedded in the intro. From there, the drums come in along with the vocals for the first verse. A synth effect is added to this section. The lead guitars then come in.

This leads the track into the main chorus. A short instrumental section then follows.

The lead guitars drop out a fair bit as the vocals take the track into the next verse. When the lead guitars come back in, the vocals take the track into the main chorus again. An instrumental section follows with vocal elements. Right after that is a guitar solo. The bass guitar backs it well.

From there, the vocals take the track into the main chorus again, starting part way through. The vocals also extend the main chorus. A brief second guitar solo comes in with vocals making occasional appearances. After that, the vocals end and the lead guitar leads the track out.

One thing this track has going for it is an overall theme found in the lyrics. What you get is that sense of overall defiance against the world against all odds. As such, this track has that sense of empowerment throughout.

The vocals has a positive and negative aspect to this track. On a positive note, they sound great during the main chorus. Everything comes together so nicely, it’s like that gem on a shining moment on the track. On the other hand, during the verses, they pronounce certain words quite oddly. As such, it can be hard to understand some of the lyrics at time.

Still, this track has a lot going for it. The vocals, bass and lead guitars, and drum kit all work very nicely here. Each element has at least one moment where they stick out nicely. While the vocals may be hard to understand at times during the verses, this still is a very enjoyable track. A very solid track all around.


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