Album Review: Lifehouse – Who We Are

12 tracks
46 Minutes, 18 Seconds

1. Disarray – This song definitely opens the album in a great rockin’ intro.
2. First Time – The single for this album; greatly put together and makes for some good on-the-go music.
3. Whatever it Takes – This song contains an emotional breakdown of rock and soul.
4. Who We Are – Nicely written lyrics, kind of a filler-song for the album.
5. Broken – This would make a good ending for a sad movie. Lyrics are great!
6. The Joke – If you had fallen asleep to the rest of the album, this song will wake you up.
7. Easier To Be – This is another one of my favorite songs.
8. Make Me Over – This song sets the mood for the 2nd half of the album. One of my favorites, I’ve had it in heavy rotation.
9. Mesmerized – One of the more sappier songs, but emotionally appealing.
10. Bridges – This upbeat performance is one of the last harder songs on the album.
11. Learn You Inside Out – The lyrics to this song are powerful and worth listening to very carefully.
12. Storm – A remake from “Diff’s Lucky Day“, this song is powerful, and finishes the album in awe.


“Disarray”
gets the music off to a rocking start the way “Spin” did for “Stanley Climbfall”.

“First Time”
is an upbeat love song, sort of a Hanging By A Moment meets “Spin” with more of a distinct romantic angle like “You And Me.” It’s a good sign when the 1st single is not the best song on the album even though it is already a hit.

“Whatever It Takes” is the kind of song that proves that Jason Wade is one of the better songwriters in music today, it takes a situation that we’ve heard before and presents it in a fresh way lyrically.

“Broken” is the best song on the album and likely to be a huge hit both on mainstream and Christian music radio stations. An emotional, powerful ballad, this song is an example of how Wade’s lyrics can appeal to both the spiritual and secular crowd. This song came out of a trip Wade took to Nashville to visit a dear friend waiting on a kidney transplant, but it can be related to many different situations because of Wade’s universal lyrics. I’m sure I’ll be hearing it in a movie or TV show one day.

“The Joke” is going to be a hit or a miss for fans because it is different from any song that they have ever done. It’s in your face, unapologetic and vastly darker. It’s edgier sound pierces the sonic landscape and wakes you up.

The true gem of this album though is the last song “Storm”. Previously available only on a limited release entitled “Diff’s Lucky Day” (an album by Lifehouse when they were known as” Blyss“). This is an amazing song and a great way to end the album. Wade’s deep vocals are strong enough to carry the first minute of this song without any instrumental accompaniment, and the rest of this song finishes the album on a strong note. Since I’m used to the original Blyss version it took me a few listens to stop making comparisons and I have to say that I like the pacing and purity of the vocals that were laid out on this this version of the track.

Most of the singles can easily become Lifehouse classics along the lines of “Hanging By a Moment”, “Spin”, “You and Me” and “Blind”. All in all, this new album addresses their maturity as a band, and connects the dots from their past albums to the present.

“First Time”, “Broken” and “Storm” have been confirmed as their chosen singles for this album. If they have a 4th single, I hope it will be “Whatever It Takes” or “Disarray”.

*UPDATE*
The album sold 105,000 on the first day.
Sources say that “I Want You To Know”, “Signs of Life” & “I’ll Keep The Change”will be released as digital bonus tracks.


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