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 drawsSee more details below

Overview

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:
10/31/2000
Label:
Dreamworks
UPC:
0600445023123
catalogNumber:
450231
Rank:
2115

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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
Joe Gastwirt   Mastering
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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