(2010) Smoke & Mirrors

Lifehouse

... read moreSmoke and mirrors refers to some degree of trickery, but illusion is an instinct alien to Lifehouse, the most literal minded of all new-millennium post-grungers. Lifehouse always underscores their emotions, even when it’s not necessary -- and given that they rarely depart from convention, it’s...

01:07′:18″ 17 Songs

1
All In
Lifehouse
3:55
2
Nerve Damage
Lifehouse
4:26
3
Had Enough
Lifehouse
3:43
4
Halfway Gone
Lifehouse
3:15
5
It Is What It Is
Lifehouse
3:20
6
From Where You Are
Lifehouse
3:00
7
Smoke & Mirrors
Lifehouse
4:25
8
Falling In
Lifehouse
3:45
9
Wrecking Ball
Lifehouse
4:24
10
Here Tomorrow Gone Today
Lifehouse
3:13
11
By Your Side
Lifehouse
4:09
12
In Your Skin
Lifehouse
3:24
13
All That I'm Asking For
Lifehouse
3:55
14
Crash And Burn
Lifehouse
4:15
15
Everything (Live In Studio)
Lifehouse
6:26
16
Near Life Experience
Lifehouse
4:11
17
Halfway Gone (Demolition Crew Remix)
Lifehouse
3:32
Released 01 January 2010, ℗ 2010 Geffen Records

Review

Smoke and mirrors refers to some degree of trickery, but illusion is an instinct alien to Lifehouse, the most literal minded of all new-millennium post-grungers. Lifehouse always underscores their emotions, even when it’s not necessary -- and given that they rarely depart from convention, it’s usually not necessary. Smoke & Mirrors, the group’s fifth album, offers no drastic change in direction for the band. By and large, it’s tougher than its predecessor, Who We Are, but the bulk of it is still co-written and produced by that album’s producer, Jude Cole, who manages to coax out more melody from lead singer/songwriter Jason Wade, but not enough for this to be forcefully hooky. At its best, Smoke & Mirrors is ingratiating, its songs working its way into memory due to repeated exposure in malls and bumper music, but never forming anything amounting to an identity. As product, it’s satisfactory -- it fits the contours of modern rock radio of both the active and adult alternative varieties -- but as the songs die out it, the CD fades out like so much smoke. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine