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Lifehouse – Stanley Climbfall – CD Review

From irresistible melodies to Pop-soaked, Hard Rock wallop, the band Lifehouse burns-it-up. Their latest slab, “Stanley Climbfall” [Dreamworks Records], solidifies their sound even further, making for a tighter and more focused experience.

Lifehouse's brand of Pop/Alternative Hard Rock uses a dynamic of Pop vocal ensembles mixed with a melodic Grunge instrumental that is at times almost Nirvana-esque. While the Pop aesthetic is very strong, Lifehouse is very much a Hard Rock band.

The opening cut, “Spin,” is their best song to-date. The syrupy sweet howl of the vocals floats through the soft and stampeding segments with a bittersweet grace, reflecting the joyful chaos of love (the song's theme). As the lyric aptly states, “The world keeps spinning 'round, tomorrow's upside-down, and I wouldn't change a thing.”

Other good cuts include “Empty Space,” “Out Of Breath,” the stomp of “Sky Is Falling,” and “Anchor.” Lifehouse has surpassed their previous opus. (There is also a limited edition version of “Stanley Climbfall” out with bonus acoustic tracks.)

Overall, Lifehouse has released a solid new album of Pop/Alternative Hard Rock that can hold-its-own. This one will stand the test of time. Stay true. Farewell.

Related Bands: 3 Doors Down, Nickleback, Chris Cornell, Default, Jeremiah Freed, Saliva, Screaming Trees, Fastball, Creed, Cellophane, Theory Of A Deadman, The Calling, Caroline's Spine, Eve 6, Coarse Of Nature, etc.

Keep the faith, and the AGGRESSION. Piece.

Bill Vogel III
Email at: StrangeAeons@hatebox.net
Copyright 2003.
Courtesy of Stranger Aeons Magazine.

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