LIFEHOUSE -NO NAME FACE
Okay its like this, I had a friend who worked briefly at a local music store. He started nagging me to get this CD called Lifehouse.
-Review by Bob Messer

LIFEHOUSE
NO NAME FACE
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Click to enlargeOkay its like this, I had a friend who worked briefly at a local music store. He started nagging me to get this CD called Lifehouse. He said he was pretty sure these guys were Christians.Click to enlarge I had heard the band's hit song on the radio and thought why not. It took me a few days to fall into, and when I did, I fell deep. Despite the critics relating them to Pearl Jam, Matchbox Twenty, Creed and Live, I think they are a solid band with very good lyrics. The band jumps out of LA and is produced by Ron Aniello.

Click to enlargeThe band members are singer/song writer, guitar - Jason Wade, Sergio Andrade - bass, and Diff - drums. Oh by the way, if you are going to include a band photo, it would be a good idea to name everyone that appears in the photo. Not too often do I comment on the liner notes, but when I read the thank you section I was excited to see that they all thanked God. Jason Wade even thanked the Vineyard, which is a church denomination.

Click to enlargeNow lets see what Lifehouse has to say. Song number one which is the radio single, Hanging By A Moment . A song about going on a quest to get to know someone. Paying attention to everything they say. "There is nothing else to lose, there is nothing else to find."

Click to enlargeSick Cycle Carousel is about a reoccurring act in someone's life. By the indications of the songs melodies it is a disrupting thing in one's life. Ultimately this song could reflect a habitual sin of some kind. "If shame had a face it would look like mine, If it had a home it would be my eyes."

Click to enlargeUnknown is a song simply about faith and trying to understand it. "...Walking on a cloud of dust to get to you."

If there is a low point on this record it is Somebody Else's Song. When a lyricist or poet gets writer's block it doesn't mean they can't write. It means nothing they write sounds good to them. There is nothing new under the sun.

Click to enlargeTrying is one of those be yourself and be real songs. Well written and well orchestrated.

Only One is about a one-sided relationship between two people. I once heard that two people should not give 50% to the relationship. But instead each one should give 100% to each other.

Click to enlargeThe song Simon echo's the line, "You lost yourself in your search to find something else to hide behind." How true!

Cling And Clatter is when nothing makes sense.

Click to enlargeThe emotional ballad Breathing is a powerful longing for God's will. A beautifully written song about seeking. "I am hanging on every word you say and even if you don't want to speak tonight, that's alright" "cause I want nothing more than to sit outside heaven's door and listen to you breathing." One of my favorite songs on the CD.

Click to enlargeQuasimodo is a harder edge song with some deepened lyrics. The message is that people can't change who you are or what you believe in. They can only if you let them.

Somewhere In-between is a somber song about facing a problem or issue in one's life that is overwhelming. "Would you catch me if I fall out of what I fell in."

Click to enlargeWe now come to the last song. Now if this ain't a prayerful praise to God then what is it? Everything is well written and well performed. The words are deep, as is the overall tones of the instruments. This is basically a prayer written out to God. Listen to this song by candle light and receive a blessing.

Click to enlargeAll in all the CD is well mixed. Though a lot of the songs are slower in tempo, the words are thought provoking. It is a good choice, I give it two thumbs up.


- Bob

List Of Songs:
1. HANGING BY A MOMENT
2. SICK CYCLE CAROUSEL
3. UNKNOWN
4. SOMEBODY ELSE'S SONG
5. TRYING 6. ONLY ONE
7. SIMON 8. CLING AND CLATTER
9. BREATHING
10. QUASIMODO
11.SOMEWHERE IN BETWEEN
12. EVERYTHING.
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