Parade of Lights
The Take Off and Landing of Everything
The new Lifehouse album is a pretty standard new Lifehouse album… and I think that’s kind of the point, hence the title “Who We Are.” This album is another album that’s chuck full of great Jason Wade songs. Wade’s best work isn’t on this album from track 1 to track 12, but some of his best work is on here. The funny thing about Jason Wade is how underrated he is as a songwriter. When you think of songwriters- the first name that comes to mind is never Jason Wade, but he deserves to be right up there. Every album Lifehouse has released has had 3-4 amazing songs on it that are brilliantly crafted. On “Who We Are” Wade does it again. The single “First Time” is amazing. It’s one of Wade’s catchier songs, ranking right up there with “Hanging By a Moment” and “Spin.” The first track on the album, “Disarray” has some awesome potential for a second single. “The Joke” is one of the edgier songs musically that Lifehouse has done- it’s really rough around the edges and a good listen. Those tracks are all great, but the track that steals the show is track 5 on the album “Broken”, the more you listen to it, the better it gets. This is probably one of the best, if not the best song Wade has ever written. After four albums into your “major” music career- you’ve pretty much cemented yourself in. Bands that do this usually go one of two routes. They can do something drastically different than what got them there and get trashed or praised- whichever suits them best; or they can keep doing the music that got them where they are. Lifehouse has done the latter of those two things, and it’s the right thing to do. Lifehouse’s comfort zone is really… comfortable. It’s a great place to be as a fan of the band. The latest Lifehouse album isn’t going to blow you away; if you’re a fan of the band it’s not going to disappoint you either.