Volume 96, Issue 16
Wednesday, September 25, 2002

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CD REVIEW: Lifehouse
Lifehouse hang by a moment - and fall

Lifehouse
Stanley Climbfall
Dreamworks



Rundown: Stanley Climbfall is the latest effort by the boys who brought you "Hanging By a Moment" – the terrifyingly inescapable modern rock hit of 2000. Although the track garnered more rotations than a mass orgy and made teenage girls lust for lead singer Jason Wade, most people were still left wondering who the hell sang that song. Well, the band's name is Lifehouse, and they hope to flee the one-hit-wonder tag with what they think is a cleverly-titled second album.



Key Tracks: Musically, the songs on Stanley Climbfall are pretty solid and will quickly become the soundtrack to a Dawson's Creek-esque cottage party weekend where a bunch of 17-year-olds decked out in Abercrombie & Fitch will reflect on their tumultuous lives by a slow-motion campfire. The first single, "Spin," starts as a sing-along rock song and ends with muscled guitars and drums, while the energetic "Am I Ever Gonna Find Out" employs a subtle cello, giving the track a full and rich sound. "Take Me Away" is also destined to be a radio hit with its mellow verses and bursting chorus. What Wade is lacking, however, is a decent way with words – his lyrics leave much to be desired. Can you imagine how disappointed you'd be if he sent you a poem with the line "You wash over me like rain"? Ew.



Sounds Like: A delicious and healthy melting pot of North American new-rock slop. They're Pearl Jam without the jam, Staind without the stains, Default with a lot of faults. Throw in a sprinkle of Our Lady Peace, a leg of Silverchair (minus the waify singer) and a cup of Creed (minus the self-righteousness) and – ta-da! – the result is a CD that will be blaring from every rock station on the FM dial.

–Brian Wong

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