No Name Face

No Name Face

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by Lifehouse

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Rock bands often hate being categorized, let alone compared to their favorite acts. But there's nothing wrong with young bands taking cues from their current heroes so long as those inspirations aren't painstakingly absorbed note-by-note. Case in point, Los Angeles outfit Lifehouse. On their debut album No Name Face, the band play spiky, alterna-pop that draws…  See more details below


Rock bands often hate being categorized, let alone compared to their favorite acts. But there's nothing wrong with young bands taking cues from their current heroes so long as those inspirations aren't painstakingly absorbed note-by-note. Case in point, Los Angeles outfit Lifehouse. On their debut album No Name Face, the band play spiky, alterna-pop that draws from Pearl Jam (vocalist Jason Wade does a convincing Eddie Vedder), Live, and Vertical Horizon. But the way Lifehouse combine familiar sounds is refreshing and, more importantly, as infectious as a winter cold. The slithery guitar licks on songs such as "Sick Cycle Carousel" and the pleasant vocal harmonies of tracks such as "Unknown" make the band's music stand out, and their undeniable hooks can cause temporary amnesia in even the harshest critics. All Lifehouse need is a striking video and they might forge an image that rivals -- or even surpasses -- their mentors.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Liana Jonas
No Name Face, the debut release by Los Angeles-based Lifehouse, certainly proves the theory that less is more. The moody album contains pensive lyrics, soulfully sung by Jason Wade, which are supported by organic electric guitar arrangements. The simplified, but by no means simple, music aptly supports Wade's sonorous voice, which can be compared to Eddie Vedder, Scott Stapp of Creed, and Scott Weiland. At age 20, Wade, who takes songwriting credit, is a lyrical wunderkind, writing words generally reserved for his older counterparts. The album's theme is one of searching -- spiritually, personally, and emotionally -- and this is particularly in evidence on the tracks "Unknown," "Trying," and "Only One." Lifehouse makes a refreshing departure from other post-grunge, youth-oriented bands, who, for example, sing of one-night-stands, big butts, and the ills of society. Here, Wade revels in humanity, exploring and questioning its every nook and cranny. No Name Face benefits from the seasoned ears of Brendan O'Brien (Pearl Jam, U2, Stone Temple Pilots), who mixed the album, and producer Ron Aniello. Both brought Wade's vocals and lyrics to the forefront of the mix and, rather than overshadowing them with complex and overbearing instrumentation, kept the music appropriately in the background. It's an intelligent musical formula sorely missed in much music of the early 21st century, particularly in this type of music where songs are sometimes nothing more than a cacophony of screaming and effects-laden instrumentation. It really is a bit of a surprise to see such musical maturity hailing from such a young (in age and tenure) band. No Name Face should fit right in on rock radio.

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Product Details

Release Date:
Edge J26181


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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lifehouse   Primary Artist
Jude Cole   Background Vocals
Ron Aniello   Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Keyboards
Marcus Barone   chamberlain
Bob Glaub   Bass
Matt Laug   Drums
Sergio Andrade   Bass
Walter Rodriguez   Tambourine
Kendall Payne   Background Vocals
Jason Wade   Guitar,Vocals
Aaron Embry   Keyboards
Aaron Lord   Viola

Technical Credits

Jude Cole   Management
Ron Aniello   Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Neal Avron   Engineer
Marc Greene   Engineer
Billy Kinsley   Tracking Assistant
Michael Ostin   Executive Producer
Jim Scott   Engineer
Bob Kearny   Engineer
Ken Schles   Inlay Photography
Chris Bilheimer   Art Direction
Monique Mizrahi   Tracking Assistant
Paul Hayden   Engineer
Maxfield Parrish   Cover Painting

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No Name Face 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 55 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
''Let me be the first to say...Track 5, ''Trying'' is stellar! Jason Wade (vox, guitar) and Ron Aniello (producer) are the incredible songwriting team that is Lifehouse. Aniello's previous credits include a partnership with Jude Cole, known in industry circles as a contributor to many movie soundtracks. With Cole as manager, Aniello as producer and Wade as frontman, I predict No Name Face will bring Lifehouse much recognition. Centered mid album, Trying (track 5) might be described as the band's signature song. An acoustic intro gives rise to Wade's soft yet gravelly, restrained yet emotive vocals. Next, send in a cello, more strings, then the lovely voice of kendall payne backing the first chorus; enter drums on verse 2, more strings, louder guitar, then keyboards with a chorus of backing vocals. The bridge that follows is simply beautiful--Wades sings ''Well I haven't got it all figured out just yet'' with an authenticity you can feel. This song, and others on this debut cd, pay homage to the universal fear of never quite realizing one's dreams, be they people, places,or shapes of the heart. There are no weak tracks on No Name Face. Even the heavier songs are tempered by a unique mesh of acoustic elements. The lyrics are intelligent with a central theme of ''i'm not quite there yet, but I know where I'm going'' Buy this cd, and go along for the ride.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lifehouse's first album is a good one. The song ''Hanging By A Moment'' is one of my favorite songs period. Even if you don't by the album (You Should) make sure you hear the song ''Hanging By A Moment'' in your lifetime.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lifehouse, with all its musical and lyrical talent, might be one of the best bands to put out a CD this year. The lyrics are amazingly poetic and their music is similarly engaging. You must listen to them.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the all around best cd's I'm happy to say I won't like one of the songs on it, you'll love them all. The lyrics are incredible and very meaningingful, not to mention this band has a great sound! I'd definitely recommend this cd! :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
The CD is great. If you don't like it there's a problem. I have to say that ''Hanging By a Moment'' is the best song but the rest of the songs are also great.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think that this cd has the best mix of happy, sad and exciting songs. This cd lets you put your thoughts to words and your words to music. If you are looking for a great cd that helps you express your unsaid words, then I recommend this one to you. My favorite song on this cd is number eleven (somewhere in between) because it talks about a guy who doesn't know what he wants or needs and the only way that he will realize what it he wants is through his sig. other showing him the way. The cd is a great cd to just kick back and listen to but at the same time you listen, you are swallowed into a whole other world.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The best song on this cd is hanging on a moment, but they're all really great songs. All they need is a good video and they'll hit the big time. Let's just hope they don't get overplayed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Life House's song ''Hanging by a Moment'' is without a doubt the best song EVER!! Life House is the best up and coming band there is. They are a nice change to the Britney Spears-Boy Band era. BUY THIS CD!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a really great CD I listen to it all the time!!!! All the songs are great especially Hanging By a Moment and Breathing but all the songs are worth listening to! Everyone needs to get this CD!! As a matter of a fact I am listening to it right now as I type this!!!!Plus the lead singer Jason Wade is HOTTT and the boy can sing!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I LOVE ''HANGING BY A MOMENT''! Its a great love and rock song. It makes me cry sometimes, I LOVE THIS SONG!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bought this for ''Hanging By a Moment'' but was blown away by the rest of the album. The lead singer has a very sexy voice for a guy that looks like he can't be a day over 15. Every track is sensational and I'm a very tough critic.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this cd last week, and I'm still playing it! It's a real rarity for me to put a cd in and just let it run, because I rarely like the entire album. This is not the case this time. The sound is like Jars of clay sing to the music of creed. It's a great album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Have you ever just heard a song and wanted to hear it over and over and over? Well, this WHOLE entire cd is like that for me. Every song is great on the cd. I'm a person that likes to listen to music to relax and calm down and this is good music just to listen to the words and take in its meanings. :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is so awesome. I Love ''Trying'' and ''Hanging By A Moment'' the best. All the other songs are just as good. If you're a die-hard alternative fan, this is the album for you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is fantastic! You'll want to listen to every single song over and over (believe me, it's been playing nonstop in my CD player for a month). My favorite tracks are Sick Cycle Carousel, Simon, and Breathing. Go buy this CD!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The disc opens up with the best song ''Hanging by a Moment'' which is absolutely superb. From there, the songs continue be extremely well written and catchy. The eleventh track, ''Somewhere in Between'' concludes the album with a pogniant fade-out that leaves the listener feeling very attached to Lifehouse's brilliant songwriting. Overall, a great album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lifehouse has to be the most amazing group... I liked them before they became popular in my area, and its great that they are becoming known... I wouldn't know who lifehouse was if I hadn't been searching around napster... I downloaded ''Hanging by a Moment'' and then ''Breathe'' and then I had to download all of their songs... I don't think i can pick a favorite because they all around kick! The CD is great, and I can't wait for them to come out with another... I don't know if they tour or anything cause I know they are pretty much only known for ''Hanging by a Moment'' but I think they are gonna be huge soon... Hopefully they'll have a concert in my area, cause i'd be first in line for tickets... Who knows, with any luck, they'll take over and get rid of boy bands... LOL
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lifehouse just rules. They are the best ever. I thought they would be a one-hit band but they are awesome.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This one is great, and the mood throughout the album is both edgy and pure. Nice job done in production and the vocals is up front and personal. It's a bit slow, but the lyrics make for an overall super listening-surprise. They're going up, and they will be huge, at least in the States. Europe doesn't understand this kind of rock, sadly.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is the best ever!!! It's the kind of CD you can take to a party or listen to with a bunch of friends. The music rocks but has a meaning.
Guest More than 1 year ago
They're deep, they have awesome lyrics, and they rock. Could you ask for more? Didn't think so. Jason Wade definitely has a great voice and the songs can absolutely fit your life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hey! Let me advise you right away - if you like Hanging By A Moment, you will NOT be disappointed by this CD. I got it and it took me like..1 hour to get used to this CD. It opens with the great Hanging By A Moment, which is a radio-ready (and is already there) hit making its way to the top 10. Next is Sick Cycle Carousel which is alright, not exceptional - but still good. Next you have Unknown which is one of my favorites because the lyrics really make you think about what lead singer Wade is trying to express. Somebody Else's Song is average, not the best on the record. As are the other songs until we get to 'Simon'. Simon is, in my opinion, the best song on this CD. Why? Well, to me these lyrics are SO true, and for anybody that has been abused or is being abused, you know that for a fact, whether or not you'll admit it. I mean come on, just listen to the chorus. THe guitars are rolling and you hear Wade sing ''And I have felt the same as you...I have felt the same...'' The lyrics are great, the music gives you chills, the vocals make you wanna sing along. Well done, Lifehouse. Cling and Clatter and Quasimodo have a very interesting feel to them - I like it. Another one of my favorites on this record is Breathing. It has a strange feeling and atmosphere to it, but in a definite good way. Somewhere in Between is another highlight, as is Everything. My advice to you, you will NOT be disappointed in 'No Name Face'. This record is a VERY impressive debut album from relative newcomers, but won't just be a flash in the pan.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Life house is by far the hottest ne band this year. They give adults a mild melody while teens can enjoy the hot guitar strings...(P.S. Girls...They are so hot too!!!)
Guest More than 1 year ago
OK, so that song ''hanging by a moment'' was good... but the cd was like a billion times better, plus Jason Wade is extremely hot, so you all know you want this cd. If anyone does not like it, they are soooooooo wrong, it is the best, and everyone should buy it!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved ''Hanging by a moment'' but it is paled by the rest of the cd! Although the cd doesn't really have an ''edge'' like say Incubus, the songs are really good, and everyone should own this one. One of my favorite tracks is number 10, ''Quasimodo.'' It is an awesome song. So go buy it, it rocks!