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on 20 December 2012
As the title of this review states, I'm new to the musical world that is Lifehouse. Being relatively small here in the UK, I came across them by chance, solely by their comparisons with New York band, the Goo Goo Dolls.
Being a fan of the Goo Goo Dolls, I know all too well of mainstream sellout and musical shift accusations which no doubt plague Lifehouse aswell. As a Lifehouse newcomer, however, I'm reviewing Almeria based upon only what I have heard from this album and therefore have no preconceptions to base it upon.
The album gets off to a great start with the first track, "Gotta Be Tonight", probably my favourite song on the entire album. There aren't any fancy eye watering lyrics here but rest assured, you'll be foot tapping and singing along to this track after a couple of listens.
"Between the Raindrops", the lead single from this, Lifehouse's sixth studio album, is certainly a stand out moment. Its an impetuous, impulsive piece which is without doubt amongst the most accessible on the album. Any Natasha Beddingfield fans may well be disappointed with what she offers in this inclusion, she doesn't bring anything of much substance to this song, with Wade's vocals standing head and shoulders above. However, Beddingfield's involvement does little to retract from a song you will still be playing in your car in 12 months time.
"Only You're The One" is another highlight, once again, a catchy and upbeat effort which will once again have you singing along, whilst "Aftermath" is the standout amongst the slower, more mellow pieces to be found here.
Onto the negatives, of which there are few.
My main gripe with Almeria is that it doesn't strike me as a coherent piece of musical work. When listening, I tend to pick and choose the songs as I see fit, rather than listen to the album in its entirety, which I've probably only done once or twice.
With the deluxe edition clocking in at a lengthy 49 minutes, it does feel like there a couple of fillers to be found here, perhaps unnecessarily so.
However, these points do little to detract from what is undoubtedly an interesting effort from Lifehouse.
Although the album has only charted at a disappointing #58 in the US charts, Almeria has gathered Lifehouse a new fan here. Here's hoping for a UK tour to support the album.