Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Our Lady Peace|
Healthy in Paranoid Times
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
While Our Lady Peace's lead singer, Raine Maida, can be accused of writing rather cryptic lyrics, the liner notes of the new OLP CD are anything but subtle. The artwork kicks off with the statement "1165 days were needed t... more »
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While Our Lady Peace's lead singer, Raine Maida, can be accused of writing rather cryptic lyrics, the liner notes of the new OLP CD are anything but subtle. The artwork kicks off with the statement "1165 days were needed to record Healthy In Paranoid Times"; the remaining pages show no lyrics or band shots, just statistics varying from how many people died of AIDS in that span of time (9.8 million) to how much money was spent on the arms trade ($3 trillion). Time spent by Raine and wife Chantal Kreviazuk overseas with the War Child charity have deeply affected the singer and it shows. On Healthy, the band's music is orchestral right from the get-go. "Angels/Losing/Sleep" jumps from quiet, fragile moments to emo-implosions, not only showcasing Raine's unique vocals, but also how undercurrents of combative guitar solos can turn a simple melody into something wonderfully unsettling, a true OLP trait. The group's frenetic first single, "Where Are You" is singer Maida's plea to a society enshrouded in indulgence, while "Boy" has the raw passion of early U2, with the song rising to a joyful, moving climax. One of the disc's strongest tracks is "Don't Stop." While not mimicking Radiohead or Coldplay, the group seems to embrace the like-minded love of turning a four-minute melody into something more orchestral and emotional, a thread consistent throughout this well-crafted disc. --Denise Sheppard
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Disappointing, to say the least...
Benjamin Norman | 10/14/2005
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I tried copying this CD, not knowing that it was protected. So, I ripped it to my hard-drive and burned it. But, when I inserted the burned copy into my computer, the screen froze for a while, and an installer icon appeared on the taskbar in the bottom right. It installed somthing - and now I cannot burn anything, with any program. I've even tried using a different, external CD burner. A disk error comes up during burning, even if I am not not burning audio CDs.
This was not a fluke. I've talked to other people this has happened to. Avoid anything with "copy protection." Sony might as well burn viruses onto the CDs they distribute."
CD contains DRM software that opens your system to viruses
Phillip Roncoroni | Manhattan, New York | 11/12/2005
(1 out of 5 stars)
"As many people may know by now, Sony was recently caught with egg on their face when a security specialist found out that a recently purchased CD (Van Zant: Get Right With The Man) from Sony music not only installed DRM software (digital rights management, to limit and outright prevent copying music to certain devices), but it did so in such a sneaky way that it hid itself entirely from Windows, and opened the system up to security issues such as viruses.
This CD has the same copyright protection, called XCP. When installed, Sony hijacks your computer and installs custom software which:
1) Hides itself entirely from Windows by installing as a rootkit
2) Hides itself in such a manner that any files begining with $sys$ are also hidden. For example, if you install the XCP copy protection software on your machine, and rename "document.doc" to "$sys$document.doc" it then becomes invivisble to you forever.
3) Installs its own custom CD-Rom drivers to hijack your system. It also sneakily names these drivers "Plug and Play Device Manager" to seem as if it's a part of Windows. Trying to delete these drivers manually will disable your CD-Rom drive entirely.
4) Offers no uninstall option until you manually contact Sony
As of my writing this review, Sony has "apologized" for this incident, and claims they will "re-evaluate" this copyright protection software on their CDs in the future.
In the meantime, a virus is currently running wild, which names itself begining with $sys$ in an attempt to hide from the user and virus scanners.
Several class action lawsuits are also pending against Sony right now.
In summary, as you can tell from above, Sony's actions here are absolutely horrible. This is your music. You purchased it, and they should not have any right to dictate how you can use it, let alone install software which compromises your system security.
This is one of the CDs with Sony's XCP copyright protection software on it, and as a result, you should not buy it to send a message to Sony that this will NOT be tolerated in the future."
WARNING: this album will install a virus on your computer
bgsu_drew | Ohio, USA | 11/04/2005
(1 out of 5 stars)
"The cd will install this virus called a "rootkit" on your computer: [...]
The copy-protection software on this album dangerously installs programs that run automatically and intentionally hide themselves.
Just putting the cd in my computer unwittingly installed some software. It starts a service called "XCP CD Proxy" and caused my computer to hide folders and files starting with a dollar sign. It also installed and hid files in windows\system32\$sys$filesystem directory and automatically runs a file named $sys$DRMServer.exe, which sucks system resources even when the cd isn't playing AND THERE IS NO UNINSTALLER.
For some excellent research on this rootkit, check out this page: http://www.sysinternals.com/blog/2005/10/sony-rootkits-and-digital-rights.html
Oh, the music is alright, but low by Our Lady Peace standards. For a far superior album, try Spiritual Machines."