Lifehouse – Who We Are

Lifehouse – Who We Are / 2007 Geffen / 12 Tracks / http://www.geffen.com /  http://www.lifehousemusic.com /

You know, I had no clue that Lifehouse took their name from a failed Who follow-up to their classic album “Tommy”. Enough for random trivia: “Who We Are” marks the fourth full length album for Lifehouse, and it shows the same sort of stable sound that acts like Nickelback and Daughtry have been creating throughout their careers. The first track on this album is “Disarray”. It takes only a few seconds to start, the band is able to command the attention of listeners soon after. “First Time” is probably how individuals will be introduced to this album.

The track has a lot in common with the rest of the Lifehouse singles, and for individuals that may not be familiar with the band’s work, imagine if newer Bon Jovi was crossed with later Goo Goo Dolls. The band has a tremendous amount of variance in this sound, and it seems as if at points the only thing that is holding together the twelve cuts on “Who We Are” are the slightly gritty vocals that are the focal point of a many a track here. It feels as if the title track is one of the weaker tracks on the disc, as it tries to just put too much of the tracks’ fortunes on these vocals.

The vocals during the track may be at the same level as they were during the rest of the disc, but the added benefit that the instrumentation provides during these tracks is decreased during “Who We Are”. Lifehouse falls on rough straits during both “Broken” and “The Joke”. While there are some spontaneous blasts of energy strewn throughout “The Joke”, they just feel tacked on and not logically following from the context of the earlier part of the sound. “Who We Are” has a string of tracks that are still decent but do not provide much in the way of new material for listeners of the album. The band has crafted enough in the way of albums that it seems as if the formula is wearing out a little bit. I would say that Lifehouse would benefit from taking a year off and trying to come at their next album with a different set of influences. If they can do that, their fifth album will be at the same point their first three albums were at or better. If you absolutely need to get “First Time”, buy this album. Otherwise, wait for the greatest hits or pick up an earlier Lifehouse album.

Top Tracks: First Time, Storm

Rating: 4.5/10       

Author: James McQuiston

Ph.D. in Political Science, Kent State University. I have been the editor at NeuFutur / neufutur.com since I was 15. Looking for new staff members all the time; email me if you are interested. Thanks!

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