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After a decade in the limelight, Lifehouse remains defiantly untrendy on Smoke & Mirrors. Singer Jason Wade’s nervous charisma is once again applied to songs that capture anxious emotional states and fleeting glimpses of transcendence. Many of Smoke & Mirrors’ songs sketch dead-end moods and dysfunctional relationships, with the hope of release hovering just beyond the horizon. If tracks like “Halfway Gone,” “Had Enough” and “It Is What it Is” are colored with melancholy, their choruses provide enough bursts of energy to dispel the gloom. The album’s high points include “Nerve Damage” (a slinky number with a dreamy guitar interlude) and “By Your Side” (a piano-based number with an empathetic message). Lifehouse’s post-grunge roots are exposed here and there, especially in the edgy “All In” and the angry “Here Tomorrow Gone Today.” For the most part, though, the band prefers to insinuate and emote rather than flex their rock muscles. Lifehouse stays true to its trademark sound, keeping its words ambiguous and its music hook-laden and consistently accessible.

Customer Reviews


I've always liked Lifehouse, but this CD has a special meaning to me. If you look in the booklet that came in the CD you see in memory of Kelsey Harris after By Your Side. Kelsey was my best friend who died of cancer last April. She had the oppurtunity to meet Lifehouse and was there when they were recording that song. So as you can guess, this CD has a special place in my heart. (:
Mariah Ann

Overproduced Pop

I used to really like Lifehouse back in their post-grunge days. I always liked their deep, spiritual lyrics. Unfortunately, it looks like the record companies have gotten a hold of them. Every song just seems "cute," but that's it. There seems to b e very little depth to the content as opposed to older albums. Their sound is completely unoriginal and predictable.

As for the sound quality of the album, it's absolutely horrendous. The volume is way too loud. The drums clip and the vocals even feel like they're going into the red every now and then. There's very little dynamic range here--just loud all the time. And it's not a good loud.

There's nothing jumping out at me at this album. There are a few good choruses, but that's about it. Definately not worth the money. Go buy their old stuff--it's way better and is not marred by the record industry.


They did it again! Lifehouse is THE greatest band ever and this album is the BOMB! Haha I'm the first to write a review. Love it!!!!!!! Congrats guys :)


Formed: 1996 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Led by singer/songwriter Jason Wade, Lifehouse emerged in the early 2000s with a commercial blend of pop/rock melody and throaty, post-grunge vocals. Wade, who originally tagged the band Blyss upon its inception in 1996, was raised by missionary parents in a variety of locales. He eventually settled in Los Angeles with his mother and took a keen interest in songwriting. Bassist Sergio Andrade lived next door, and the two spent hours in Wade's garage, fine-tuning their original compositions and laying...
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Smoke & Mirrors, Lifehouse
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  • $7.99
  • Genres: Pop, Music, Rock, Adult Alternative, Alternative
  • Released: Mar 02, 2010

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