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Stanley Climbfall
Lifehouse
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Reviewed: 9/17/2002 by Chad


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Lifehouse splashed on to the music scene in 2000 with their debut, No Name Face, which gained huge national success and critical acclaim, due solely to the huge success of their hit "Hanging By A Moment". Looking to drop the "one hit wonder" moniker, Lifehouse has released "Stanley Climbfall" a self proclaimed mixture of Coldplay and U2. The actual result is a poorly written, watered down version of their debut album. For the most part this album just wanders from song to song, without alot of variety or creativity. After the band's lead off single "Spin", the album wanders into "wash" a track with distorted vocals, and a repetitive drum loop, that seems to appear again and again throughout the album. The album tries to pick its self up with "Out of Breath" a song that is clearly written for the Hanging By a Moment fans, which follows a nearly same arrangement, and an identical sound as the band's smash hit. The only high point on this album comes near the end on "Take Me Away", a standout track and a testimony of the quality of music Lifehouse is capable of recording. Hardcore Lifehouse fans still might still enjoy this album, but to the casual fan Stanley Climbfall has fallen to the sophomore slump.

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