My copy of Lifehouse's third(ish) album dropped through my letterbox three days ago and hasn't been off my iPod since...
I first came across this fantastic band via Smallville, although it was the track Everything, rather than the US number 1 hit Hanging By a Moment that drew me to No Name Face, surely one of the best rock albums to come out of the US, (or the Planet!) in years.
It was with some trepidation I first listened to the eponymous album number three, however, after I found their second CD, Stanley Climbfall, a little harder to get into than No Name Face. I shouldn't have worried. Although Lifehouse isn't as instant as their first album, give it a couple of listens - it's well worth it!
From the opening stonker Come Back Down, which easily proves Jason Wade hasn't lost his magic touch when it comes to a rock hook, via first single, the gorgeous You and Me, through to the rather vitriolic Better Luck Next Time, and the dance-around-your-living-room-like-a-complete-idiot We'll Never Know, this is simply a class act from start to finish. Even the slower, more ponderous tracks, such as Into the Sun and Walking Away, and the retro-sounding Chapter One are slow growers that can only add to a complete listening pleasure from start to finish.