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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


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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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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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
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
This Band is one that we will be hearing from for years to come. The first album is good all the way through. Every song has a different concept for you to think about. ''Hanging by A Moment is good but it's not even close to as good as the rest of the album. ''Everything'' is my personal favorite song but I would be lieing if I said that not every single track on the album is not my favorite. They leave you craveing for their next album release.
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
I just want to say that my beautiful girlfriend put the song "Everything" on a mixed tape to tell me how she feels about me and I had to go out and buy the CD. I am very impressed and look forward to hearing more from this band. The lyrics are so moving and deep for a band that is just starting out and is so young!
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing album, that much is certain. The lyrics are soulful and the melodies are great. Though there are only 12 songs it is fully compensated for the extrodinary quality of each and every well written and sung song. BUY IT!!!! YOU WON'T REGRET!!!!!
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
"No Name Face" is a perfect example of new bands who find success thanks to a simple but significant song, such as "Hanging by a moment". There are various styles mixed which all come back to rock and grunge. The lyrics of the songs can be defined slightly 'cliché', but they still maintain the importance. Overall, I think it is a great album, which one should surely listen to.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As soon as I heard the first single ''Hanging By a Moment'', I was hooked to Lifehouse. I've read a few reviews in the past saying how Lifehouse has a horrible sound and the singer cannot sing at all, and I must say, those people who think that obviously don't have a very good taste in music. After all, this entire CD is composed of lyrically rich, wonderfully written/played songs. There are no songs on this CD that are bad, although a few have to grow on someone through a few listens. The ability of lead singer Jason Wade to write such deep, inspiring lyrics and enjoyable tunes is astounding. I would have to say that this is probably one of the best debut albums I have ever listened to, and I cannot wait for whats next, as I am sure Lifehouse's 2nd album shall again be something to praise. And for all those out there that think this CD is a piece of trash, I DARE you all to try and write something better, something with more passion and boldness than this masterpiece.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can't believe that a group of people just out of their teens created this magnificent album! No Name Face is the only album in my collection of CDs that never gets old. The lyrics in every single song on there is moving, powerful, and thought provoking. The music to the songs also complement the words very well to create a splendid mood. Lifehouse is by far my favorite band and No Name Face has got to be one of my favorite albums! I can't wait to get their new album, Stanley Climbfall, on September 17!!!!!!
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
all the songs are cool and exciting.
Guest More than 1 year ago
To sum it all up in one word: Wow. I heard about Lifehouse from a friend, who gave me their single ''Hanging by a Moment'' I fell in love with that song, and I loved the music, it was my favorite kind: Soft alternative rock. Not only is the music fantastic, but the lyrics are deep and meaningful, which is just as important. I bought the CD a year ago, and a day hasn't gone by where I don't listen to it. The best tracks are ''Simon'' ''Hanging by a Moment'' and ''Trying'' Buy this CD, you will treasure it forever.
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
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
This is my favorite CD in my collection. I've never before had a CD that I enjoyed listening to the tracks 1 through 12! I am definitly waiting for their second CD!!!
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
Great CD for sure. The first 2 songs, Hanging by a.. and Sick Cycle Carousel have great melodies and great lyrics. The other songs are very good too -this is not the kind of CD where you go from 1 track to the other to find the best songs, they're all good! But I prefer Hanging By A Moment, Sick Cycle Carousel, Trying and Everything. They went from a small group playing localy to Internationally Known, and with THIS album, go get it.
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
No name face is an EXTRAORDINARY CD that everyone should be listening to. I absolutely love every single song. ''Only One'' is my favorite song. Lifehouse is undoubtedly the BEST new band.
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
'Cause Lifehouse's 'No Name Face' is absolutely amazing. From ''Hanging by a Moment'' to ''Everything,'' this CD delivers all the way. My favorite tracks would have to be the very relatable ''Simon'', the musically pleasing ''Breathing'', and the just flat out cool ''Quasimodo''. If you like softer stuff, but still enjoy the ocassional hard song, or you just liked ''Hanging by a Moment'', then you'll love 'No Name Face'. Hmmm. I just sounded like a commercial, didn't I? Oh well.
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 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
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.