Smoke & Mirrors [Deluxe]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Smoke and mirrors refers to some degree of trickery, but illusion is an instinct alien to Lifehouse, the most literal-minded of all new-millennium post-grungers. Lifehouse always underscores their emotions, even when it's not necessary -- and given that they rarely depart from convention, it's usually not necessary. Smoke & Mirrors, the group's fifth album, offers no drastic change in direction for the band. By and large, it's tougher than its predecessor, Who We Are, but the bulk of it is still co-written and produced by that album's producer, Jude Cole, who manages to coax out more melody from lead singer/songwriter Jason Wade, but not enough for this to ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Smoke and mirrors refers to some degree of trickery, but illusion is an instinct alien to Lifehouse, the most literal-minded of all new-millennium post-grungers. Lifehouse always underscores their emotions, even when it's not necessary -- and given that they rarely depart from convention, it's usually not necessary. Smoke & Mirrors, the group's fifth album, offers no drastic change in direction for the band. By and large, it's tougher than its predecessor, Who We Are, but the bulk of it is still co-written and produced by that album's producer, Jude Cole, who manages to coax out more melody from lead singer/songwriter Jason Wade, but not enough for this to be forcefully hooky. At its best, Smoke & Mirrors is ingratiating, its songs working its way into memory due to repeated exposure in malls and bumper music, but never forming anything amounting to an identity. As product, it's satisfactory -- it fits the contours of modern rock radio of both the active and adult alternative varieties -- but as the songs die out it, the CD fades out like so much smoke. [In 2010 a deluxe edition was released containing four bonus tracks.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/2/2010
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • UPC: 602527263458
  • Catalog Number: 001375472
  • Sales rank: 54,783

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 All In (3:56)
  2. 2 Nerve Damage (4:27)
  3. 3 Had Enough (3:44)
  4. 4 Halfway Gone (3:15)
  5. 5 It Is What It Is (3:21)
  6. 6 From Where You Are (3:01)
  7. 7 Smoke & Mirrors (4:26)
  8. 8 Falling In (3:46)
  9. 9 Wrecking Ball (4:25)
  10. 10 Here Tomorrow Gone Today (3:13)
  11. 11 By Your Side (4:09)
  12. 12 In Your Skin (3:25)
  13. 13 Had Enough (3:44)
  14. 14 Had Enough (3:44)
  15. 15 It is What It is (3:21)
  16. 16 It is What It is (3:21)
  17. 17 Wrecking Ball (4:25)
  18. 18 Wrecking Ball (4:25)
  19. 19 Halfway Gone (3:15)
  20. 20 Halfway Gone (3:15)
  21. 21 From Where You Are (3:01)
  22. 22 From Where You Are (3:01)
  23. 23 Here Tomorrow Gone Today (3:13)
  24. 24 Here Tomorrow Gone Today (3:13)
  25. 25 By Your Side (4:09)
  26. 26 By Your Side (4:09)
Disc 2
  1. 1 All That I'm Asking For (3:54)
  2. 2 Crash and Burn (4:16)
  3. 3 Everything (6:26)
  4. 4 Near Life Experience (4:12)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lifehouse Primary Artist
Jude Cole Synthesizer, Bass, Guitar, Keyboards, Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Patrick Leonard Synthesizer, Piano, Synthesizer Bass
Carlos Murguía Hammond B3
Florian Ammon Synthesizer, Voiceover
Jason Wade Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Piano, Vocals, Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Bryce Soderberg Bass Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Chris Daughtry Vocal Harmony
Sonus Quartet Strings
Mitch Lerner Piano
Rick Woolstenhulme Jr. Percussion, Drums
Technical Credits
Jude Cole Producer
Lifehouse Producer
Greg Calbi Mastering
Florian Ammon Producer, Engineer
Joe Mullins Engineer
Jason Wade Composer
John Hanes Engineer
Kevin Rudolf Producer
Alex Venguer Engineer
Andrew Schubert Engineer
Brad Townsend Engineer
Mitch Lerner Engineer
C. Daughtry Composer
Will Sandals Engineer
Rick Woolstenhulme Jr. Composer
K. Rudolf Composer
Kitty Pesetsky Cover Art
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Their Best Ever!

    I have been an avid fan of Lifehouse for more than ten years. Smoke and Mirrors is their finest studio album to date. As the group stated, with this CD they wanted to capture some of the emotion and enthusiasm of their live performances, yet in a studio setting. From my perspective they accomplished what they set out to do. This CD is classic Lifehouse with the feel of presence; they are intimately involved in this recording and their efforts emote beautiful images within a dynamic, uptempo recording style that is different from previous CDs but contains the essential elements of what makes Lifehouse such a great band. They sing about spirituality and real life issues from a beautifully nuanced and dynamically presented format. For me, this CD tops my all-time favorite, No Name Faces. I highly recommend Smoke and Mirrors to the novice who wants an introduction to spiritually oriented music with both heart and muscle. And, please note: This is not Gospel music; this is straight up rock and roll with a tangible connection to the struggles all of us face, regardless of one's spiritual persuasion. Buy this CD. It is worth every penny and then some.

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