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Album Review

The fifth full-length studio album from the rootsy California rockers led by singer/songwriter Dan Layus, Life Imitating Life arrives three years after Augustana's well-received eponymous fourth outing. Produced by John O’ Mahoney (Metric, Sara Bareilles), the ten-track collection offers up another evocative blend of soulful heartland rock and open road, Sam's Town-era Killers-esque alt pop, with highlights arriving via catchy and compelling singles like "Say You Want Me," "Youth Is Wasted on the Young," "Need a Little Sunshine," and "Remember Me."

Customer Reviews


I find it very funny that no one realizes that Augustana is just Dan Layus now... There is no "they" technically. Thus, the cover is not just of the lead-singer.... it is of Augustana in its entirety... I think this album will be yet again underrated as everything Dan Layus puts his fingers on is, except for All the Stars and Boulevards. But he was in his young 20s when he wrote that album, everyone has to grow... I love his new material, and it is even better acoustic when he adds his country-lovin' vibe to it. His lyrics are always hands down a top any "pop" artist right now and his voice is so dominant. I still believe Can't Love, Can't Hurt is still his best production, but this is a quality product and it will grow on its listeners. Can't wait for more music in the future, so glad he got a new deal!

Back to their soulfulness

I was heartbroken when they announced being dropped. Now, to see they're back and back to their roots, I couldn't be happier. We await to see your performances here in New Orleans!


This is the most soulful and honest album that I have heard in a long time. Sounds like Dan Layus opened up his diary and let the world read it. "Sat You Want Me", "I Really Think So", "Alive", & "Remember Me" highlight a back to basics album with just a voice and some instruments...No computers or drum kits. Blessings comes in many ways and it was a blessing their old label let them go. The last album, although it has some gems, was an album created by the label. The only thing is that I would like to be introduced to the rest of the band. I know there are new members and most of what we see from the album cover, videos and press is just Dan. I'd like to see some of the other people in the band get some credit. Other then that, Welcome Back Augustana...I hope "Life Imitating Life" gets the recognition it deserves.


Formed: 2002 in Greenville, IL

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Augustana's music is the heartland equivalent of Coldplay and Keane, with a touch of mid-'90s adult alternative throwback (think Counting Crows or the Wallflowers) also peppering the band's rootsy, piano-based rock. Although based in California, the group formed in southern Illinois in 2002, while singer/keyboardist Dan Layus and guitarist Josiah Rosen were studying contemporary Christian music at Greenville College. The band's original lineup also included bassist Simeon Lohrmann, second keyboardist...
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