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Lifehouse are without doubt my favourite band of all time. When Hanging by a Moment was released in 2001 for many it went under the radar, but for me it started a love affair with Lifehouse which becomes stronger every year. I finally had the chance to see them play back in February after years of waiting and it was one of the best experiences of my life! The members of the band have changed over the years but Jason Wade, the face and voice of the band has been ever-present. Wade has been writing songs since the age of 12 when he first picked up a guitar. He met bass player Serge Andrade in his late teens and started a new band, Lifehouse, along with Jon Palmer on drums. It was this trio who created No Name Face, although shortly after it was recorded Palmer was replaced by Rick Woolstenhulme, Jr who is still a band member. I can't believe that it has been 10 years since I have owned the same copy of this album and that this is the first time I've ever attempted to write about it! Hanging by a Moment: "desperate for changing, starving for truth. Closer than where I started, I'm chasing after you" Hanging by a Moment was released in 2000 in the US and made a huge impression on the Billboard Top 100 and was named the 'Single of 2001', however its success wasn't emulated around the world with the song entering the UK Top 40 at number 36 and promptly disappearing. Jason Wade apparently wrote the song in 5 minutes after a melody popped into his head while he was trying to record another song. Deeply religious, Wade wrote this song about spirituality which is obvious when you take apart the lyrics, but the song is normally interpreted as a love song. It is a great pop/rock song - one that Lifehouse will always play at concerts and it remains a fan favourite, despite the fact that many refer to it as "Falling even more in love with you" - a line which comes up regularly within the song. Jason Wade's voice starts low and husky during the first verse and chorus before the music breaks in for the second verse. By the end it's much more rock-y, especially when Wade sings "there's nothing else to lose, nothing left to find. There's nothing in the world that can change my mind. There is nothing else". 8/10 Sick Cycle Carousel: "If shame had a face I think it would kinda look like mine. If it had a home would it be my eyes?" Sick Cycle Carousel was released as Lifehouse's second single in May 2001. It didn't do very well in the US but was played on music channels in the UK and reached number 4 in the Rock Chart. However for me, and many other fans, the lyrics and melody along with one of my favourite ever first lines to a song make this one of the best on the album. Jason wrote this one about his relationship with his girlfriend, now wife and the difficulty he faced in deciding whether to pursue or end their relationship. As with many of their tracks, it starts off softly with Jason's low, husky voice and gradually builds up in tempo and volume towards the end. It did take a while to grow on me but the verses of this song are some of my favourites of all Lifehouse songs. 9/10 Unknown: "I am falling into grace to the unknown to where you are" This song is about exactly what the title says, the unknown. It's about not knowing what the future holds but having faith and a positive attitude that things will work out. It's a nice song but definitely what I would call an album filler, with a nice melody but it isn't a particular special song and is not particularly memorable. The verses are quite boring but the chorus does go some way to making up for it. Despite its shortcomings, Jason's vocals are fantastic on the track and his deep husky tones make it more interesting and give the song depth. 6.5/10 Somebody Else's Song: "I got somebody else's thoughts in my head. I want some of my own". Somebody Else's Song is about finding out who you are and learning to express your own point of view and believe in yourself. It's another one where an average song could be completely forgotten about if it were not for Jason's incredibly voice. It's a nice slow verse with a great beat which gives the voice opportunity to shine but as I said its not a memorable one and with the exception of the next track it's my least favourite on the album. 6.5/10 Trying: "May I be the first to say that I don't have a clue. I don't have all the answers and God don't I pretend that I do" One of the first songs Jason Wade ever wrote, back when he was 15 and his parents split up. He was trying to figure out what he wanted in life and who he wanted to become. It's a song that a lot of people can relate to as it's possible to feel like that whether you are 15 or 50, at any point of life. It's a popular song on the album and many of my friends love it, however it's my least favourites. Again, there are some superb lyrics in the song but in terms of the tune, it isn't particularly memorable and I'm struggling to sing it in my head and I'm writing about it! This one is all about the singing with very little music accompaniment but for me, even the vocals can't save it! 6/10 Only One: "She's got a pretty smile it covers up the poison that she hides. She walks around in circles in my head waiting for a chance to take me, a chance to break me" This is one of the few Lifehouse songs that I didn't enjoy when I first bought this album. I considered it an album track with a decent tune and average lyrics. It wasn't until I listened to it quite a lot and listened to the words that I understood what it was about and began to like it. The song is about having someone to rely on when you are going through a tough time and other people let you down. Again, it was written by Jason Wade, this time when someone he respected let him down and he drew on his experience of his father leaving him. Jason's voice sounds fantastic on the track but for me this is one of the few songs on the album where the music is even more important than the vocals. The tune is one that can stay in your head for a long time and gets better every time you listen to it. When I started writing this review earlier in the year I had this rated at 7 and it has gradually worked its way up so it will be interesting to see if it changes again if I come back and edit at any point! 8.5/10 Simon: "the arrogant build kingdoms made of the different ones" A slow and sad song, Simon is very different to the other songs on the album and one of my favourites. Jason wrote the song about a friend of his who had a hard childhood but it really could be about anyone which is why it means so much to so many people. Anyone who has been bullied, walked all over or felt like an outsider. As he elegantly puts "the weak will seek the weaker until they've broken them" which is often the case with bullying. The song is emotional and heartfelt but also a message to stay strong and it ends with an uplifting chorus of "you're alright, you're alright, you're alright". Fans have suggested that with Jason's strong Christian beliefs that the song is about Simon, the brother of Jesus and his struggles. It could be interpreted that way but the clever lyrics mean that it this song will appeal to anyone. Absolutely beautiful, the lyrics are like poetry and this one really makes an impression. 10/10 Cling and Clatter: "I am contemplating matters, all this cling and clatter is in my head and what you said is ringing faster" Cling and Clatter was one of my early favourites on the album but now it's one that I regularly skip over. It was written by Jason about the chaos of everyday life, especially when as part of a band he is on the road regularly. Even the song itself is more chaotic than the others on the album being one of the faster, louder tracks but Jason's voice shines and his deep husky voice is perfect throughout. It's very upbeat but the lyrics themselves are quite dark. It has a strong beat and rhythm which is different to many of the songs on this album but will be more familiar to anyone who has listened to Lifehouse's later music. 7/10 Breathing: "I am hanging on every word you say. Even if you don't wanna speak tonight, that's alright with me" Breathing is one of my favourite songs on the album and the first one that I really fell in love with when I started to listen to it. It's a lovely ballad with a beautiful and catchy chorus (above) which is one of my favourite parts of any song. Jason wrote it as a prayer, as a spiritual song but it is more commonly regarded as a love song. I love the first line, When I saw Lifehouse back in February this year, Jason Wade came out by himself with his guitar for 10 minutes to play any songs that the audience wanted that weren't on the set list. One of the first songs that we started to chant was Breathing. Jason found it really funny because apparently the song absolutely flopped in the US and they haven't played it much since. He was fantastic and the song has new memories attached to it now. 9.5/10 Quasimodo: "There goes my pain, there go my chains. Can you see them falling?" This is a really beautiful song about feeling like you're the odd one out and don't fit in anywhere, much like Quasimodo , the Hunchback of Notre Dame. It's an easy listening track, very slow and quite depressing but the choruses are a little more uplifting and hopeful as the lyrics "there goes the world, off my shoulders" indicate. The bridge and chorus of this one are particularly catchy and there's a great rocky bit at the end which really make this one. I always thought this was one that wouldn't make a good stand alone song, however it has grown on me over time and is one that I'll skip through others to get to. It's the kind of song I'll listen to on the tube after a day at work if I just want to relax and be absorbed in another world. 7.5/10 Somewhere in between: "and everything will be back to the way that it was. I wish that it was just that easy" As the song title suggests, this one is about being in the middle of something and not knowing which way it will end or how to sort it out. Jason wrote the song about a time when he was in love with someone who he didn't think returned his feelings. The drum is the prominent instrument throughout the verses and choruses with just a few guitar chords backing up Jason's vocals which are at their husky best. It's quite a special song to me, not because of the subject matter but because I think the tune is beautiful and some of the lyrics, such as those above, are really memorable. It's simple but very effective and the end of the chorus "what is real and just a dream" will be stuck in your head for hours. 9/10 Everything: "and how can I stand here with you, and not be moved by you? Can you tell me how could it be any better than this?" Written by Jason Wade based on his Christian faith and everything he believes in, Everything is often seen as the ultimate love song to fans. It became popular in large part due to the television show Smallville. It was played in the first episode of the first season, the season finale and then in the 200th episode and made its mark amongst fans. With a beautiful slow musical introduction before Jason's voice comes in. This is another song which starts very slowly and gently before the drums kick in and Jason belts out the last few choruses "you're all I want, you're all I need, you're everything, everything" with passion and emotion and really finishes off the album perfectly. It is the most powerful song on the album, mainly because it starts so slowly and by the end it is a completely different song. Apparently every time the band play the song in concert they see someone in the crowd proposing to their girlfriend! Brilliant! 10/10 There are two bonus tracks on the special edition called Fool and What's Wrong With That. They are not on my album but for anyone who might buy No Name Face in the future I thought it would be good to give a bit of information. Fool reminds me of Cling and Clatter but doesn't really impress. It's about not caring how ridiculous you look when you are in love. It's pretty and has some cute words but I wouldn't give it more than 6/10. What's Wrong With That is a cracking tune which is very popular with fans and I wonder why it didn't make it on to the album in the first place. They wrote this track years before they were Lifehouse and is one of the more rocky songs of their early stuff. I'd give this track 8/10 and would have liked it on the main album! === Overall === Lifehouse have released five albums and for me, their first offering No Name Face is the best. Not every track is perfect, but I think there is a wonderful blend of the easy listening album tracks and kick ass anthems that I will listen to as long as I have my hearing. The album starts and ends with the stronger songs which is great, but I've found that some of the tracks have hidden depths and beautiful lyrics so my favourites have changed over time. For me, the best thing about Lifehouse is their lyrics. I know most of the words to the songs on this album and think that Jason Wade is one of the most talented musicians around. He writes all of his own songs, plays many instruments and has my favourite voice in the world. For me, this is a wonderful album with incredible lyrics which I could listen to and think about all day. Lifehouse can make me really happy, they can bring me to tears and often send me off into dreamland!The selection of songs is great as it showcases many different types of their music which had been written over a long period of time, since Jason's teen years. It is my favourite CD and one that I've made all my friends listen to. I'm always shocked that Lifehouse have not become a bigger band and that many people have never heard of them. I don't mind though; it makes them even more special to me! As I mentioned, Lifehouse have 5 albums and this has withstood the test of time and I always come back to it. Stanley Climbfall, the second release has a high number of great songs on it and the third outing, Lifehouse has some of their more well known songs on it. I would recommend starting with this album and then downloading Blind and You and Me from 'Lifehouse' and First Time from 'Who We Are' which are probably their best songs. The album can be bought online from all the regular stores. It is £4.45 from Play.com, £4.85 from Zavvi or £6.79 from Amazon and can be found used for much cheaper. Despite the fact that I've rated some of the above songs much lower, overall I wouldn't dream of giving this album any less than 10/10 or for Ciao purposes, 5 stars.
The majority of people who bought Lifehouse's debut album, 'No Name Face', probably did so on the back of 'Hanging by a Moment' - their lead single, and a rather successful one at that. There's no doubt it's a good song, sure, but what about the other 11 songs? Well, the answer is positive. No one could truthfully say that this is a 'classic' album, or one that will remembered for all that long - but nonetheless there is a lot to like. Not surprisingly, much of it is in a slightly less pop orientated mold to 'Hanging By A Moment'. In this way, it feels like a traditional album, with some fast moving songs, some quieter ones, and the odd filler. It's not indie rock, like many descriptions would lead you to believe, but I guess this is mainly due to the 'boy band' type vocals of Jason Wade. Another further problem with the voice is how distinct it is. This gives the sense of songs being 'samey', even when in reality they are more than deserving entities of their own. The vocals also sound similar to 'The Calling', and for many this will be offputting, and merely symbolic of a time in the early 2000's when manufactured pop took on a slightly more subtle appearence. Even so, the content of the songs is a redeeming factor. There are no absolute standouts, bar the lead single, but there is a lot of depth and consistency. There are no bad tracks on the album, just an unfortunate number of bland, average ones. My feeling is though that the more clever, intricate songs make this easier to overlook, and in the end this means that the quality shines through. Overall then, a decent, consistent album, if hardly spectacular.
I always love listening to the music of Lifehouse. I like their music because I admire the songwriting talent of lead singer Jason Wade. I was able to relate with their music personally. No Name Face is Lifehouse's debut album released on 2000. This band was formerly called Blyss and started as a Christian alternative rock band that performs mostly in churches. This album contains 14 original tracks written mostly by band leader Jason Wade. Their debut single "Hanging by a Moment" was number one most played song on the radio after it was released. Lifehouse is Jason Wade on vocals and guitars, Sergio Andrade on bass, and Diff (Jon Palmer) on drums. No Name Face was produced by Ron Aniello and mixed by Brendan O'Brien under Dreamworks Record label. The Songs 1. Hanging By a Moment This is their first ever hit song. It's easy to like this song even hearing it for the first time because of the catchy rock rhythm sound. 2. Sick Cycle Carousel Plain acoustic guitar and melodic vocals on the intro part but it get's heavy on the chorus part. Great song, easy to listen. 3. Unknown I like the rhythm guitar playing on the intro part. The rest of the song sounded heavy with the lead guitar tune. Good song but it doesn't sound memorable to me. 4. Somebody Else's Song Strumming electric guitar on the intro part blended with other harmonic string instrument mixture. Great song! 5. Trying Acoustic guitar intro, mellow tune. I like violin instrument playing on the bridge and end part of the song. 6. Only One A medium beat song with a very catchy melody. The chorus part is a bit rock style with heavy guitar instrument playing. Relaxing tune. 7. Simon Soft mellow tune on the intro part as it gets a bit heavy on the chorus part. Good but not memorable. 8. Cling and Clatter Nice drum beat on the intro as it gets intense tune on the chorus. A medium beat song. 9. Breathing Slow pace song with a very memorable tune, catchy rhythm. I like this song. 10. Quasimodo I like the heavy rock sound of electric guitar on the chorus. Good song. 11. Somewhere in Between Slow beat drum beat on the intro with acoustic guitar accompaniment on some parts of the song. I like this tune, easy on the ears, good vocals. 12. Everything For me, this is the best song in this album. I like the slow melodic tune of this song with the combination of acoustic guitar, violin instrument and the impressive vocals. The song surprisingly ends up with heavy, hard rocking sound on the bridge part. Very well done song with great lyrics. I really love this song. 13. What's Wrong With That This is a bit heavy rock piece but with I noticed no memorable tune on it. Not much with this song. 14. Fool I like the lead guitar and a drum beat combination of this song building up to heavy instrument on the chorus part. This is a memorable song. Overall, No Name Face is a great album. Even 10 years after this album was released, the songs from this album still sounds brand new to me. The good mixture of pop, rock and ballad genre makes their music memorable and stands out through time. There are few weak tracks in this compilation however, most of the songs that are in here are Lifehouse's timeless pieces. More info on their website: www.lifehousemusic.com
Lifehouse are an American rock band from LA who came to prominance after their single "Hanging By A Moment" became massive in America. They have never had much success over in the UK, much like alot of American bands in the same vein. The album "No Name Face" is their debut album as Lifehouse (although a previous album was released under the band name Bliss), released in 2001 and the group consists of Jason Wade (vocals and guitar), Rick Woolstenhulme Jr. (drums, percussion), Bryce Soderberg (bass guitar) and Ben Carey (guitar). Style: Lifehouse are a soft rock band however their is a definite Californian edge to many of their songs, often laid back and very easy to listen to. The more upbeat of their numbers are not overbearing and there are plenty of ballads with a rock twist to them. The band are not afraid of using different instruments either, with the use of strings, different percussion and even a banjo present on No Name Face! The Tracks: Although the Dooyoo description says that there are 14 tracks on this album, on most versions it only goes up to 12, so they are the 12 I shall mention! 1. Hanging By A Moment The song that launched the band into the spotlight and in my opinion, rightly so. One of the pacier numbers on the album, this song is as full of emotion as any of the ballads yet the vocals are not forced over the strong instrumental backing. Wade's voice really suits the song and is generally raspy and deep, however it has a really nice soft tone to it which conveys the sincerity of the lyrics through the melody. 10/10 2. Sick Cycle Carousel This is a mid tempo number and I think very cleverly written. The lyrics really fit the melody as the song progresses, particularly during the chorus. The On the first couple of listens it may seem bland and forgettable, but is a definite grower- song is deceptively catchy, which will probably go unnoticed until you find yourself humming the chorus without realising! 8/10 3. Unknown In my opinion, one of the weaker tracks on the album however still a pleasent listen. Wade's smooth vocals carry the song as his voice is so striking yet relaxing. Probably more background music, but still recommended! 7/10 4. Somebody Else's Song I really like this song as it demonstrates how versatile Wade's range is as a singer. The chorus is very swooping, for want of a better word, and the song varies from being soft and steady to loud and powerful within a few seconds! 9/10 5. Trying I really like the beginning of this songs, which is just the vocal with a guitar, really referencing the bands origins in sunny California. A perfect beach song! The instrumental slowly builds, with more guitars, a piano and a soft drum beat, however remains relaxing and calm throughout without being boring. There are some pretty vocal harmonies also, nearer the end of the song, demonstrating the vocals of the other band members. Would suit the perfect sunny weather we are experiencing at the moment! 8/10 6. Only One Another song in the same vein as 'Trying' sees this track continue the Californian beach vibe, whilst still maintaining the rock band edge that Lifehouse do so well. What I like about this track is that it suddenly has a kick towards the end of the chorus which brings in guitars, bringing the song alive and giving it some substance. 8/10 7. Simon Written about a boy at Wade's school who was bullied, this track is one of the most powerful lyrically on the album. Starting extremely softly, there is a fairly long intro as the instruments build up, although remaining stripped back for the first verse. The power really comes in the chorus, where the emotion is clear in the vocals, backed up really well by the strength of the guitars. 10/10 8. Cling and Clatter I enjoy the experimental beginning of this song, which sounds like something is trying to be tuned, however somehow manages to work really well! I think the intention is for the melody to be focused upon here as the chorus is pretty catchy and this song is fun to sing along to (with no hard to reach notes for any unfortunate listeners!!) 9/10 9. Breathing One of my favourite songs, the beauty of this track is in its simplicity. The deep vocals of Wade mix so well with the simple backing, to show of the lyrics, which are beautifully written about being completely and utterly in love with someone. I cant really do the song justice in words, so I would just recommend listening to it! 10/10 10. Quasimodo Hard to follow up 'Breathing' in my opinion, but I really enjoy the stark contrast with this song! A more uptempo and powerful number there is a catchy guitar riff and a catchy chorus to hook you in. I also like the lyrics in this song as I think almost everybody can relate to it- getting to a point where you need to cast away something or someone that has been weighing you down and allow yourself to be free again. 10/10 11. Somewhere In Between Reverting back to the relaxing beach vibe, this track will send you off to your relaxing place again, making for a nice listen after the emotion of the previous two songs. 7/10 12. Everything Another simple and beautiful song, begins very softly and gently however a gradual crescendo runs throughout the entire song. Another set of beautiful lyrics culminating in a lively, strong and effective climax, makes this final track of the album one that really leaves an impression, as I believe a final track should always aim to do. 10/10 Recommendation: Considering that Wade was only 20 when these songs were written, this album is simply astounding and really gives weight to the phrase "less is more". There are no fancy vocal tricks or crazy instrumental sessions, which leaves No Name Face as a simple yet intelligent and beautiful record. This is actually one of my favourite albums as there is not one song that i don't like and as you can see, so many of the songs I have given 10/10 to. Some people may find the album boring, but if you listen to the poetry and thoughtfulness of the lyrics, I believe this could not be further from the truth!
I remember when I first came across Lifehouse. We were sitting watching our annual school talent show thing when one guy got up and sung You & Me, it was such a beautiful performance that I immediately went straight into the shops and brought the two albums as there was no youtube yet. These two albums still remain in my collection all these years later and I'll never get rid of them. They have some of the most amazing songs ever released. Here is the review of the first album. --------------------------------- Who are Lifehouse? --------------------------------- Lifehouse are an American rock band who are signed by DreamWorks Records and came to fame with their release of this album No Name Face and their first track Hanging By A Moment. This song was one of the most played songs of 2001 and brought Jason Wade and his band to stardom. --------------------------------- The Album --------------------------------- Track 1- Hanging by a Moment Track 2- Sick Cycle Carousel Track 3- Unknown Track 4- Somebody Else's Song Track 5- Trying Track 6- Only One Track 7- Simon Track 8- Cling & Clatter Track 9- Breathing Track 10- Quasimodo Track 11- Somewhere In Between Track 10- Everything ------------------------------------------------ Track 1- Hanging by a Moment ------------------------------------------------ This was the song that catapulted the band to stardom and amazingly it actually only took Jason Wade who is the bands lead singer 5 minutes to write. I heard the song a couple of years afterwards and it was the song that made me buy the album. It's quite a unique track on the album as it's the only real song that can be considered rock, the rest of them are more mellow than this one. The thing that makes this song for me has to be Jason Wade's voice, it's so deep and so raw and unique. He's not overpowered by the music either and manages to power it, this is a great opener to what is a brilliant album. A song that will stick in your head for days and even better when it's done acoustically. Memorable Lyrics: "I'm falling even more in love with you, letting go of all I've held onto, I'm standing here until you make me move, and I'm hanging by a moment here with you" Rating: 9/10 (One of the stronger tracks on the album, it's just a great beat and it's pretty amazing that it was only written in 5 minutes) ------------------------------------------------ Track 2- Sick Cycle Carousel ------------------------------------------------ It starts off very slow and it's just Wade and a guitar and his words seems to be quite mumbled together which is why I don't really like this song. It builds up and gets louder but I still struggle to here what he is saying which is important to me when I listen to music. I am not a fan of this song, the music is not his strongest and neither is his voice, which is not used to it's full potential as you could hear in Hanging By A Moment. Memorable Lyrics: "If shame had a face I think it would kind of look like mine, if it had a home would it be my eyes" Rating: 5/10 (One of the weaker tracks on the album, listenable but that's about it) ------------------------------ Track 3- Unknown ------------------------------- One of the weaker songs on the album, it's a very nice sounding song and his voice is very powerful and the lyrics are nice, however it struggles to stay in your mind and become a memorable song which is what you really want. Definitely not one that you'll find yourself singing but a nice track all together. Memorable Lyrics: "This doubt is screaming in my face in this familiar place" Rating: 5/10 (Another weak track) ------------------------------------------------ Track 4- Somebody Else's Song ------------------------------------------------ Another weak track compared to a lot of them, however it is a very good song as it really shows off his vocals to their full potential. It's a very angsty song and the track is actually quite an intelligent one when you look at the lyrics. Some amazing music here, however it's not that memorable. Memorable Lyrics: "Can't change this feeling, I'm way out of touch, Can't change this meaning, It means too much, Never been this lonely, Never felt so good, Can't be the only one misunderstood" Rating: 7/10 (A weaker track to some, however some great lyrics and his voice is amazing) Track 5- Trying A very nice slow track, quite peaceful to listen to which is what this album is about, the instruments as well as his voice are used to their best potential but you can't help but think this is just a filler track, it's memorable but not as memorable as a lot of others to come, which is a shame as it's an alright song. Memorable Lyrics: "I haven't memorised all of the cute things to say, but I'm working on it" Rating: 7/10 (A nice song, not that memorable though) ------------------------------- Track 6- Only One ------------------------------- A nice slow song, with a brilliant beat and his voice is just so pure in this song it's a delight to listen to. This is where the songs begin to pick up. It picks up slightly in the middle and still stays a beautiful song, Wade's voice works so well together with the instruments and he makes sure he doesn't get overpowered and his voice still sounds pure and not over pushed. Memorable Lyrics: "She's got a pretty smile, It covers up the poison that she hides, She walks around in circles in my head, Waiting for a chance to break me chance to take me down, Now I see the burden you gave me, Is too much to carry too much to bury inside" Rating: 8/10 (A nice track with Wade's voice shining through) ------------------------------- Track 7- Simon ------------------------------- One of my favourites on the album, it's a very moving song but it's very cheery and helps you come out of a bad mood. It's a very beautiful guitar piece in the back as well, which works so well with Wade's voice which makes it just so much better. The lyrics are what make this song so brilliant though, they are haunting and sung so well by Wade that you just can't help but want to listen. His voice is so unique and so deep, if you like Alex Band's voice from The Calling then I'm sure you'll appreciate the greatness that is Jason Wade. Memorable Lyrics: "Locked inside, the only place, where you feel sheltered, when you feel safe, you lost yourself?" Rating: 9/10 (One of the strong one's on the track, very slow but still quite an upbeat song and a joy to listen to) ------------------------------- Track 8- Cling & Clatter ------------------------------- Quite a unique song on the album, but not in a bad way. It manages to be a faced paced song but still stay relaxing and follow the rest of the track. To me it feels like another song just added in, just to show what's to come next. It's a brilliant song, however not the best as the next four to come are truly brilliant. Memorable Lyrics: "And I am contemplating matters, all this cling and clatter in my head, and what you said is ringing, ringing faster" Rating: 8/10 (A very good track a joy to listen to) ------------------------------- Track 9- Breathing ------------------------------- The lyrics are well written and it's a very nice song. It's very moving and you can almost hear Wade's thoughts as he expresses his emotions so well through his singing. Some great instrumental pieces in the music which is a great addition. Memorable Lyrics: "I am hanging on every word you say, and even if you don't want to speak tonight, that's alright" Rating: 8/10 (A very nice song and addition to the album) ------------------------------- Track 10- Quasimodo ------------------------------- One of the best tracks on the album, a very upbeat track to start with, it's very instrumental based as well as the guitar focuses a lot in this and is quite heavy, but like usual his voice isn't overpowered and he manages to perform this song with such soul and such rawness in his voice. A truly amazing voice and an amazing song. This is the sort of song, that will grow on you, you'll listen to it the first time and go, that's an alright song, but the next time you'll listen to the lyrics and undersand what an amazing song it really is. Pure brilliance. Memorable Lyrics: "There goes my pain, there goes my chains, and did you see them falling, because this feeling has no meaning" Rating: 9/10 (A very strong track with some great lyrics and his voice is just tremendous) ---------------------------------------------------- Track 11- Somewhere In Between ---------------------------------------------------- Another slow track, but one of the best. His voice really shines with this song and you find yourself almost melting it's that good. The lyrics to this song are just as beautiful as his voice, so strong and so meaningful. You can hear how much emotion he puts into this song, a very deep song which you can listen to over and over again. Memorable Lyrics: "I can't be losing sleep, over this, no I can't and now I cannot stop pacing, give me a few hours, I'll have this all sorted out, if my mind would just stop racing" Rating- 9/10 (A very moving and deep song a definite favourite) ------------------------------- Track 10- Everything ------------------------------- The best track on the album, it was used a lot in TV shows and rightly so. Probably the slowest and longest song on the album, but it's such a moving piece you can't help but listen to every word. This song was actually written by Wade when he was only 16 years old, which is amazing considering the emotion and depth in the song. A very simple song, with just his voice and a guitar and it works so well. The end is my favourite, I like the slow bit, however when it picks up it gives you goosebumps it's that amazing. Wade really speaks from the heart in this song and it's a beautiful piece of music, one that will be remembered for a long time to come. Well written, well sung and most importantly, well put together by the band. Memorable Lyrics: "And how can I, Stand here with you, And not be moved by you, Would you tell me, How could it be, Any better than this" Rating: 10/10 (A slower track, but definitely the best. So moving and so memorable. Well worth listening to) ------------------------------- Overall Opinion ------------------------------- This album is such a joy to listen to, especially the last few tracks. They are truly some amazing music, some that you will probably love. I couldn't imagine this CD not being in my collection as it's filled with some amazing songs and even the weak ones aren't rated that low as they are still very nice and listenable songs. The whole album in my opinion is brought together by one thing and one thing only, Jason Wade. He wrote the lyrics and he added one of the most powerful voices in alternative rock there's ever been. I think he could sing anything and he'd get the ladies swooning. This album seriously is a easy listen, but you will be talking about it months later as it's such a thought provoking album, with some brilliant songs. The lyrics are just truly amazing and considering that Wade wrote a lot of them in his teenage years, and released this album when he was only 21 shows his maturity level is way beyond his years. His lyrics touch you to your very soul. They make you question things, and look at your life. They are deep, moving and most of all a joy to listen to. It's one of my favourite albums of all time and I'm glad I went out on a whim and brought this album and their next one as they are such enjoyable and amazing albums. This album may not be for everyone, but if you like the likes of Matchbox 20, The Calling or even Train you will love Lifehouse. This album has something for everyone, Hanging By A Moment is one of my favourite rock songs of all time, it's so deep and such a unique song for Lifehouse. I would recommend buying this album 100 times over, it's filled with some of the best songs ever and most importantly Jason Wade's voice is one you have to listen to. --------------- Vocals --------------- The vocals in this are just brilliant, sung completely by the lead signer Jason Wade, who some of you might know from the movie Shrek where he sung a song called You Belong To Me. His voice is very unique and is never overpowered by the music, no matter how much is used. It's very deep and raw and just one you really have to listen to. --------------- Lyrics --------------- The lyrics were all or mostly by Jason Wade, he wrote a lot of the songs when he was still just a kid and this shows how amazing this singer songwriter is, as I know I couldn't be writing songs this deep and this meaningful at 16 years old. Truly tremendous. --------------- The Music --------------- The music works with Wade's voice so well, a great accompaniment however it only really accentuates Wade's voice, it doesn't really amaze you with some great riffs like other artists do. Should you buy the album. Definitely, it's a awesome album with everything you could want. A great addition to your collection. Hoped this helps. I will be reviewing their second CD tomorrow. Check it out. © Kirsty.
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 Genre: Rock Released 30 July 2001 Number of Discs: 1 Label: DreamWorks 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 <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. 6: Only One 5/5 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 Perhap 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!
It isn?t often that you hear a new young band give a polished performance. It isn?t often that a young band has a songwriter with such maturity and clarity and undoubted talent. I have found a band that has all of the above. They are lifehouse. Lifehouse are Jason Wade, Sergio Andrade Rick Woolstanhulme. The maturity of lyrics in their music has its roots in the fact that Jason has been through so much in his life. When he was young he and his family lived in a small village in Hong Kong, everyone hated them there and thought that they were witches. This belief culminated in the capture, slaughter and cooking of Jason?s pet cat by the locals. Soon after the family moved back to the USA to Portland, but the problems continued with his parents doing the best that they could to hide their impending divorce from him. He is quoted as saying that his family was like being in Pleasantville as from the outside it looked fine and they attempted to make it all look fine for him. After the divorce he moved with his Mother to Seattle and spent his early days there in his room writing his thoughts on paper as poems and early lyrics. He also discovered his mother?s guitar and began learning a few chords. After coming out of his shell and finally making some friends his mother decided it was time to move again to Los Angeles where at 15, he met Sergio who would become the bassist in Life house. The two spent a lot of time together, as they lived next door, and had soon helped each other to get better at playing their instruments. Hearing about the band through the grapevine Rick met up with them and sort of attached himself with the others, as they became close friends. The success of Lifehouse was soon to begin with them impressing both a producer and manager and the early recordings of "no name face" began. "No name face" begins with the first single "Hanging by a moment"; this is the track that initially got me interested in their music and also the track that made them a name in the USA. It was on TRL (MTV Request Show) for many weeks and also made its way into the US radio play charts long before the single was even released. The song is fantastically well written and includes polished performances in all aspects giving out a meaty guitar based sound and managing to maintain musical substance without losing commercial accessibility. A brilliant way to start an album that really sets the standard for other young bands around the world. Next in line is "Sick Cycle Carousel" which although starts very slowly builds after about 30 seconds into a catchy bridge and chorus section which manages to maintain a position in your mind for some time after listening. Definitely catchy but not without technical accomplishments this track is one that can be viewed on two levels. Some will like it with its catchy sounds and big noise but others will look more closely at the lyrics and music and see how although catchy the meaning is still there and evidence of the turmoil in Jason Wade's background is apparent throughout. The third track on the album is the curiously entitled "Unknown" which is one of my favourite tracks on the album. Its raw sounding and the focus is on the lyrics, which are in themselves excellent, but it is well produced to maintain their early basic style and to focus on the music. Lines such as "This doubt is screaming in my face in this familiar place" really give an insight into his thinking and although he will not be drawn on the meanings of his lyrics this seems to be very much based on his own upbringing. "Somebody else's song" seems a strange title at first but after inspection you find that with lyrics such as "I remind myself of somebody else" that the title is more intelligent than it seems. A brilliant track that shows vocal depth all the way through and gives their musical skills an excellent showcase. "Trying" signals a change of pace for the album with a much more delicate tune with moments of brilliance such as "Let me be the first to say that I don?t have a clue, I don?t have all the answer" and "I haven?t memorised all of the cute things to say, but I'm working on it". The piano makes an excellent appearance in this song and it really is so much more than just another filler track. "Only one" takes the next slot on the album and follow in the pattern for the second half of the album with more haunting lyrics at the beginning but breaks it by matching this with a rousing chorus and bridge section that gives the song an excellent contrast and makes for a brilliant track. One of my favourite tracks on the album. "Simon" is again a slower and more thought provoking track and is more of a thinking mans song. With a brilliant accompaniment of the lyrics that changes pace to add variety this song is fantastic in the way that it blends serious verses with a big catchy chorus. "Cling and Clatter" steps up a gear again as far as pace is concerned and has a brilliant chorus but is in danger of sounding very similar to the other tunes on the album as it almost feels like a mixture of the other tracks. "Breathing" is a very moving and expressive song capturing the thoughts playing on Wade's mind at the time of writing. It is a very thoughtful song with mature lyrics such as "I am hanging on every word you say, and even if you don?t want to speak tonight, that?s alright" Brilliant guitar effects and steady drumming round off an excellent song, which not only entertains but also provokes thought. "Quasimodo" is more guitar focused and again follows in the style of the bands unique sound. Its hard to put them into a grouping because although in the same generation they are most defi nitely not nu-metal, although they are American and their music is almost rock it isn?t quite there making them very alternative. If anything I would put them into the same sort of group with bands like Train, Jimmy Eat World (to a lesser extent) and some of the Staind tracks. "Quasimodo is a typically mixed affair with many different influences obvious, excellent musically and lyrically this is a song that will grow on you with time. "Somewhere in between" is by far my favourite track on the album. The fantastic lyrical skill of Wade is shown here in a way that is rarely matched by any artist I have heard so far. "This is over my head but underneath my feet, coz by tomorrow morning Ill have this thing beat" is the most catchy bridge section I have ever heard and this song really props up the tail end of an album, which was starting to get a little repetitive. "Everything" is a moving song that is almost like a poem. Very short lines and a delicate accompaniment mean that it sounds like the song is being whispered to you personally or you are listening in to Wade speaking to someone who loves dearly. This is a beautiful song, which really shows the maturity of the band. "What?s wrong with that" signals another change of pace for an album, which in terms of speed is eclectic to say the very least. Following on from "Everything" is a hard act to follow but with its brilliant catchy guitar riff and superb rousing chorus this track does an excellent job. Once again the perfect showcase for the diverse voice of Wade. Finally comes "Fool" which again slows the mood of the album with a sombre start but then builds to a loud and brash chorus. Not my favourite by any means but still a technically accomplished song which rounds off an excellent mature debut album. Definitely worth a purchase if you want something that will have you singing along all the way. Look out for th ese guys in the future they are going to be HUGE.
Discovering new music is always exciting but when finding a band as cool as ‘Lifehouse’ it’s even better, especially when the CD is stuck permanently inside the CD player. Lifehouse are an American threesome (4 when on tour) with incredible songs. I can’t take credit for finding them – I was emailed by VH1 to check out this band because they thought it was in the same vein of music as Pearl Jam, Creed etc. One minute later after hearing Jason Wade’s voice I was hooked. They have already toured with greats such as Pearl Jam and Matchbox 20 and I’m sure they’re destined for greater things themselves. Singer Jason has the classic grunge voice (started by Eddie Vedder many years ago) but he also sounds very much like Scott from Creed and Rob from Matchbox 20, but obviously his voice is his own – very powerful and tender. Their first album ‘No Name Face’ is a stunning hour of rocking and mellow sounds merged together. Album opener ‘Hanging By A Moment’ is as singalongable as them all and more so! ‘Somebody Else’s Song’ reminds me of Our Lady Peace, for anyone who’s familiar with that Canadian band. The album is an excellent blend of upbeat rock and slower melodies. And all this comes from a singer who first wrote some of his songs at age 15 and is now singing them at age 20 – they are a band of pure talent. Words can’t really describe music as good as this, so if you like the bands mentioned above then you’ve got to check this out!!!
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Hanging By A Moment
2 Sick Cycle Carousel
4 Somebody Else's Song
6 Only One
8 Cling And Clatter
11 Somewhere In Between
13 What's Wrong With That