our score: 4.5 out of 5.0
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burst onto the scene like a breath of fresh air with their double-platinum-selling
debut album No Name Face in late 2000. At a time when
boy bands, metal-rappers, and pop princesses were dominating airwaves,
Lifehouse arrived touting the complete rock package. Armed with
Jason Wade’s soulfully piercing lyrics laden over harmoniously
roaring guitars, the band brought a layered, ethereal rock sound
to quality-starved listeners.
follow-up album Stanley Climbfall delivers on the high
expectations set by the success of their debut. The sounds and
lyrics are reflective of Lifehouse’s earlier work, only
more complicated and complete than they dared attempt before.
With such a quick release of an abundance of tracks (No Name
Face was released in Oct. 2000 and followed by a subsequent
tour), we can only assume the boys had previously written much
of the material but weren’t confident enough to share it
with the public. Of course, that was before their overnight ascension
to rock-star status.
Stanley Climbfall opens with its first radio single “Spin”,
a tightly knit, powerful pop-rock ballad, and the album takes
off from there. Lifehouse carries the distinctive sound they have
developed throughout the album, with Wade’s lyrics transcending
contemporary pop-rock, providing an emotional depth and introspection
impeccably delivered by the ever strengthening vocalist.
Climbfall falters at all it’s through the slight redundancy
in the tempo. But mid-album tracks such as “Just Another
Name”, “Out of Breath”, and “Take Me Away”
pick up the pace and show the band starting to stretch themselves
musically. As a complete collection of music this album delivers
the goods, and responds to Lifehouse’s critics who were
anxiously waiting for the band to secure one-hit wonder status.
Not this time, not this band, and certainly not this album.
liked Stanley Climbfall...
3. Sky Is Falling
5. Am I Ever Gonna Find Out
6. Stanley Climbfall
7. Out Of Breath
8. Just Another Name
9. Take Me Away
10. My Precious
11. Empty Space
12. The Beginning
13. How Long (bonus track)
14. Sky Is Falling (bonus track)