March 16, 2001 at 05:00 AM EST

Spiritual Machines

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
We gave it a B-

Listeners tired of empty-headed rock may rejoice at this concept piece, inspired by Ray Kurzweil’s thoughtful tome, The Age of Spiritual Machines. But the band’s conceptual eyes are bigger than its musical stomach, and they fail to pull off a cohesive, metaphysical symphony like OK Computer. Still, solid hooks, power-pop chords, and singer Raine Maida’s whiny vocals combine to create a well-functioning but earthbound machine.

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