- Released: March 1, 2008
- Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
Rolling Stone - 10/28/99, pp.99-1003 stars out of 5
- "...HAPPINESS turns earnest questions into diverting mind games. Raine Maida's lyrics can be virtuously doomy...but he swirls them around on his tongue and spits them out like tasty venom..."
- 1.One Man Army
- 2.Happiness & The Fish
- 3.Potato Girl
- 5.Is Anybody Home?
- 8.Lying Awake
- 10.Consequence Of Laughing
- 11.Stealing Babies - (featuring Elvin Jones)
Full Title: Happiness...Is Not A Fish That You Can Catch.
Our Lady Peace: Raine Maida (vocals); Mike Turner (guitar); Duncan Coutts (bass); Jeremy Taggart (drums).
Additional personnel includes: Jamie Edwards (guitar, keyboards); Elvin Jones (drums).
Recorded at Amyard Studios, Toronto, Canada.
There's nothing mysterious about Our Lady Peace's sound: raspy, nasal vocals over crunching, post-grunge guitars held together by heavy, relentless, borderline tribal drums. What does make Our Lady Peace stand out is that the group does these things as well or better than its counterparts and that it has the uncanny ability to craft especially unforgettable songs. HAPPINESS...IS NOT A FISH YOU CAN CATCH, the Canadian foursome's third disc, continues Our Lady Peace's tradition of thoroughly satisfying albums.
What defines an Our Lady Peace record is the moment when it all comes together, and on HAPPINESS..., that happens on the very first track and single, "One Man Army," a genuine arena rocker with an undeniably hummable chorus. Other standout tracks include the exhilarating "Potato Girl," which highlights the best of Raine Maida's flexible vocals; "Annie," which effectively injects '60s psychedelic pop into the band's sound; and "Lying Awake," an endearingly cloying power ballad. Our Lady Peace doesn't venture all that far from its convention on HAPPINESS..., but it certainly crafts ingeniously catchy tunes that teeter on the edge of perfection. Sometimes, that's all we need from music.