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Lifehouse: Out Of The Wasteland

Easy-listening alt.rock.

You just know something ain’t right when yer missus describes an album as pleasant. Oh dear.

According to frontman Jason Wade, this record is meant to hark back to the excitement of being teenagers practising in a garage once again. If that’s the case, you really can’t imagine his neighbours complaining about the noise. They might even pop round for some cocoa afterwards.

Lifehouse aren’t one of the most played bands on US radio by accident – everything is polished until it squeaks. From soaring opener Hurricane to piano- and strings-driven closer Hourglass, this is heavy on harmonies and sentiment, but lacking grit and guts.

The vibe is so sedate, serious and self-important in places, it’s a bit like Creed on Mogadons. Cue another million-plus sales then./o:p

Whether it’s magazines, books or online, Essi has been writing about rock ’n’ metal for around thirty years. He has been reviews editor for Classic Rock and Metal Hammer, rock reviews editor for lads mag Front and worked for Kerrang!. He has also written the Rough Guide to Heavy Metal and contributed to the Rough Guide to Rock and Rough Guide Book of Playlists, and the Guinness Book of British Hit Singles (13th edition). Most fun interview? Tenacious D – Jack Black and Kyle Gass – for The Pick of Destiny movie book. An avid record/CD/tape collector, he’s amassed more music than he could ever possibly listen to, which annoys his wife no end.