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No Name Face - Lifehouse
Member Name: dannycoward
No Name Face - Lifehouse
Date: 28/07/02, updated on 17/08/02 (226 review reads)
Advantages: Hanging By A Moment, Breathing, Simon
Disadvantages: Not enough room to write the advantages!
This debut album by Lifehouse is just an amazing effort that belies the age of the young Americans.
They are all in their early 20's and led by Jason Wade (Guitarist/Lead vocals), Wade who is the son of two ministers offers a spiritual atmosphere to the outing of No Name Face. Wade has one of those dark sultry voices that you just can't get enough of think, matchbox 20, a voice so unique.
I discovered Lifehouse after searching for similar artists to some of my favourite bands, and was immediately struck down by the big hot from this band Hanging By A Moment, I went out and got the album and would suggest that you do the same you will not be disappointed.
This album has so far gone double platinum since its release, which is not surprising considering the quality and depth of great songs that are present. This band certainly has a bright future, in the rock genre and the music world.
Below are some details of the CD
Released 30 July 2001
Number of Discs: 1
As with all my current music reviews I feel that it is best to describe each song and what I feel about it.
The general feel of the album is very spiritual and also has some superb softer, more gentle ballad moments, which contrast well with the classic up temp anthems, all the tunes include superb guitar and drums.
1: Hanging By A Moment 5/5
The hit single, kicks the album straight into life. Straight away the powerful guitars and Jason's vocals set the tone for the album. It does not take long for the classic and magnificent chorus to grab your attention; the balance of the song is just superb as well, as they build up to the chorus then clam down and then pause. The drums and beat then blast back in and you are singing along again. A great tune to drive to. The song is about living in a moment that is so special with someone. Unbelievable.
2: Sick Cycle Carousel 5/5
r><br>Another great tune again starts with the deep vocal of Wade and a slow tempo that picks up as the guitars kick in. You can tell that the tempo and volume will increase by the tone of Jason's voice. Just two songs into the album and you can begin to tell that these boys have an great talent for writing great songs and then giving every song a hook and magnificent chorus that will just keep you coming back.
3: Unknown 5/5
Again a great song that kicks straight in with guitars and heavy drum line. This song for me sums up being young and the fact that you don't know everything yet and that you are on a learning curve, you still have a lot to learn and will make mistakes along the way. But you should be frightened or scared of the unknown. This track again ahs a belting chorus and so much energy provided by the music, lyrics and vocals.
4: Somebody Else's Song 5/5
A great song about being insecure about certain things and not really knowing at time how to deal with certain situations, and the way you should react to people at times. Basically not knowing who you are because you are still growing and developing as a person.
The feelings, and emotions are highlighted in this song by some astonishing and times on edge vocals that complement the powerful guitars and beat well. Yet again there is an anthem of a chorus to the song.
5: Trying 5/5
One of the slower and softer moments of the album, it what a gem it is. After the powerful rock tunes that where the first 4 tracks. This gives you time to relax and just enjoy the wonderful vocals. This is about trying to just be the person that you want to be, and the things that you want to achieve in life. Even if you don't know how you are going to get there. This song is almost a ballad. Also includes some great orchestral influence provided by violins. An Unbelievable song, that reminds me a little of classic Goo Goo Dolls.
The pattern has been set for the album now with great song after great song, can this continue? You are starting to think. The answer is YES! Again the same formula of the song starting slow with powerful vocals and steady beat, rising into increased volume and catchy tune. This song also is like a poem, with short lines with rhymes, which is not detrimental at all, in fact it adds to the addictiveness of the track. The title is self-explanatory with the song being about someone who is the only one for you and that nothing will ever change this. Again towards the end great instrumental with energetic guitars.
7: Simon 5/5
The most beautiful song on the album, with out doubt. A great ballad that would bless any major Hollywood release, like Iris did for City Of Angels. The song has just got so much emotion and feeling in both the lyrics and music. The momentum is carried by the steady drumbeat, again it is story about insecurities and making mistakes, and the fact that some people just want to put you down. But with hard work and determination you can succeed and prevail. Again starts slow and build with energy to a magnificent climax. Superb!
8: Cling And Clatter4/5
Another song that has a catchy tune and chorus, not one of the better songs on the album but still worthy of the listen and no need to skip, as with any of the songs. A song about just asking whether it really matters if you make mistakes or do not understand what is going on.
9: Breathing 5/5
The starts of the song almost to me sound a bit like fair ground music! A great tune about being completely infatuated with someone and hanging onto every little thing they do. A great softer song to the album and a very emotional song, that pulls on the heartstrings. There is also the slight introduction of a piano in the background for this tune and that again adds to the atmosphere of the song.
10: Quasimodo 5/5
s the heaviest and most powerful song on the album. Straight away kicks into heavy base. That does not let you catch your breath. This song is another one of the highlights of the album. It is just a great song lyrically, and vocally. It is about releasing all the pressures, worries and pains that you may come across whether they are put on you by you or someone else. You can just feel them being realised by the way Jason almost screams/howls the lyrics.
11: Somewhere In Between 5/5
Again another classic mid to slow tempo ballad. These guys really are the masters of this sort of music.
On this track I feel that Wade produces some of his best vocal work so far. The singing is just immense, so soft and gentle, almost like he is just whispering to you, in person. The track for me is about being in a transaction period of your life and not being sure which way you want to go. The song has just the most addictive chorus, worthy of again being in a major film, like most of the softer songs on the album are.
12: Everything 5/5
Another classic slow song that brings us towards the end of the album. In the same mould as the previous ?Somewhere In Between?. As the title suggest the song is about someone being your ?everything? and just being the one that keeps you going and gives you strength and support when you need it. The song just drifts along through it 6.08 length, slowly building in energy. Then cracks into a great and most positive chorus. Another highlight. Fantastic!
13: What Wrong With That 4/5
This is another experimental song that shows signs of future development by the band. The lyrics suggest that he is a free spirit that will someday learn from his mistakes and that he will in the future will be able to trust people. Again the morale being that when you are young you are going to make mistakes and it does not matter as long as you learn from them and become a stronger person. The chorus for this song is jus
t so addictive and would be great for any party, or something that needs energy! Great drums, in this song also.
14: Fool 4/5
This is a bonus on the UK CD and brings the album to a finish nicely. The deep vocals are again present, as are the superb energetic guitars and base line. This song is similar to track 13, in tempo and style, it is basically just is saying that he likes someone and in trying to impress them he makes a fool of himself, because of his inconsistencies and mistakes. Another solid rock tune.
Overall I feel that this album is one of the best to come out of the year 2001 and also brings Lifehouse right into the limelight where they belong. If you are looking for an album that is full of powerful music and vocals this is the one for you. It contains so much energy it is just unbelievable!
They also have a new album that is due out in September in the USA, which I will probably end up getting on import, as I won't be able to wait! The new album is called 'Stanley Climbfall', and is apparently a lot more spontaneous that their first release. The first single is called 'Spin', so keep a look out for it.
I would recommend that you buy this CD as it is great effort with no album fillers, also if you like Matchbox 20, or The Calling (look out for their album Camino Palermo, excellent!) you will like this, or vice versa.
I hope I helped!