just listened to lifehouse’s latest album almeria. I used to worship this band so much. followed them since the days of no name face (‘sick cycle carousel,’ anyone?), through the glorious days of having ‘blind’ on my itunes most played at 400+ count, and rode on the heaven that is the entire who we are album. I knew jason wade’s birthdate and random personal details like the back of my hand and watched their mvs ten times a day just to stare at his face. but because who we are was so big and perfect and un-toppable, I got so disappointed with smoke & mirrors and stopped listening to them.. I really, really loved ‘from where you are’ on that album, but hated their two singles. their lyrics were no longer as relatable for me and just didn’t plunge into the roots of my soul’s emotions the way their last two albums did. also emerging during those years was the storm of pop and dance music, and lifehouse (along with similar bands) was quickly getting replaced for me with lady gaga and demi lovato and katy perry.
anyway, almeria. released late 2012, I had heard that they made quite a departure from their old sound with this one. however, it was a lot better than I thought it would be, and a lot less weirder (less weird?) than I anticipated. some of the songs even took me back to no name face and stanley climbfall..but in a more upbeat kind of way. lifehouse stays true to their mellow, light alternative sound but the album has pieces of oddball international/country/western/space-y sounds mixed in, and it is a bit more focused on the music, less on the lyrics (and it looks like they also jumped on the bandwagon of repeating lines over and over). overall pleasantly surprised. solid effort, guys!
here are my favorites that I just downloaded. yayy new music! :)