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As always

Lifehouse as always comes out with music that's full of emotion. The stuff you wanna hear when you wanna feel human

Warning to older fans, have an open mind!

When I first heard some of the songs off of the album I was a little disappointed. I am a die hard Lifehouse fan of the past 10 years, so I was shocked by the "change" with some of the tracks. But then I stepped back, took a look at the lyrics and all the layers of music, and asked myself one very important question. Am I the same person I was 10 years ago? NO. I have grown, changed, and yes conformed from my teenage rebelion. This is the same approach you MUST use in listening to this album. It's different, mature in some respects, conforming in some, yet the same Lifehouse in others. Mature as in "Nerve Damage" and "Smoke and Mirrors", confroming as in "Falling In, Halfway Gone, and "It Is What It Is" and the same as in "In Your Skin", "From Where You Are" and "By Your Side". The traditional Lifehouse elements are still there, sometimes buried deep within the song and maybe hard to find. I think this album is a great representation of the past 10 years of Lifehouse. Each album is different, and you must have an open mind to accept the change. Some may call it selling out, some may call it broadening a fanbase, either way they make it work.

To sum up in one word: Disappointing

As stated in the official iTunes intro/review: “…Lifehouse sounds like it’s been influenced (whether subconsciously or purposefully) by fellow chart-toppers.” This ends up being the tragic downfall to a highly anticipated album from a highly talented band, a band that apparently is having somewhat of an identity crisis.

As a humongous and long time Lifehouse fan, and after long anticipation for this particular album, I'm left feeling highly disappointed by a myriad of things after my first run through of "Smoke and Mirrors". I'm disappointed that Lifehouse changed their sound so drastically from something that has obviously worked wonders for them for close to 10 years. Reinvention? Maybe, but many of these songs just aren't...them. They are overproduced, synthesized, and ridiculously popish (as evidenced by the first single - "Halfway Gone" - which has admittedly grown on me but is still not a great song, nor does it even crack the top 15 of all-time awesome Lifehouse hits). In fact, in altering their style and sound to (seemingly) appeal to a younger and broader audience, their biggest strength - their ability to connect with the listener on such an incredibly deep emotional level - becomes this album's biggest weakness. Their past songs have obviously been emotionally provoking and radio friendly, but I'm disappointed that Lifehouse seems to desperately strive for radio hits with "Smoke and Mirrors". I'm disappointed that the two best songs on this CD - a live version of "Everything" and "From Where You Are" - have already been out for years. Literally. Years. (But what truly great songs they are...I'm trying not to lose sight of that.) I especially feel bad for the people who purchase the non-deluxe version, as they won't experience many of the more quality songs on the album ("Crash & Burn" and "All That I'm Asking For").

Overall, this CD isn’t quite a flop, but it sure doesn’t deliver Lifehouse’s full potential. Maybe “Smoke and Mirrors” will still be a huge commercial success, and I hope the album as a whole will grow on my just like the first single did, but that doesn’t excuse the fact that this just isn’t the Lifehouse we have all come to respect and love. Come on, boys, you are truly better than this.

- Nicky C

Biography

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 (Deluxe Version), Lifehouse
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  • $11.99
  • Genres: Pop, Music, Alternative, Rock, Adult Alternative
  • Released: Mar 02, 2010

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