Tuesday, March 19, 2013

New Tunes Tuesday - Lifehouse

I've had the song Between The Raindrops stuck in my head for a while now. I love that song. It's so catchy, and Natasha Bedingfield has a super voice. A wonderful collaboration with lead singer, Jason Wade. So today I gave the latest album by Lifehouse a listen.

Released in December 2012, Almeria is the group's sixth album and has a different sound than any of their other creations. You can tell they were trying new things here. It's a happier and almost exuberant Lifehouse. I have always been moved by their music, and this one does not disappoint musically or lyrically. I've seen their live show (very impressive) and would love to catch them on tour again with this album.

A surprising but cool track is Right Back Home featuring Peter Frampton. It has a bluesy-rock sound that is very different for Lifehouse, but it really works.

I've also had Nobody Listen in my head. The instrumentals and vocals all fuse together into a fantastic sound. The pulsing bass lines and grooving guitar riffs are the backbone of the track. And the chorus is bound to get stuck in your head!

Gotta Be Tonight is an uplifting anthem song and a sure upcoming hit on the radio. "We've tried it all night long chasing miles and breaking down / We gotta take a chance while we're still young / But it's gotta be tonight / It's gotta be tonight" Would be an awesome road trip song.

Another favorite track of mine is Only You're The One where they describe an in-concert experience in celebratory tones. "It’s the event / We dreamed about / Where we whispered all the words they’re shouting out / And now it’s one two three four / Tonight" It's full of raw passion and energy. Everything you hope to hear from Lifehouse.

The risks they take are imaginative and at times very successful. There are a few tracks on here worth multiple listens. It might take you a couple of times to appreciate them however. It's an album I listened to at work and didn't get really distracted. It moved me along - I occasionally would stop to really hear the lyrics. But it's one of those "background music" kinda albums. And we all need those once in a while.

Give it a try.


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