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Smoke & Mirrors

LifehouseAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (March 2, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: March 2, 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • ASIN: B002TUGX5K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,779 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. All In
2. Nerve Damage
3. Had Enough
4. Halfway Gone
5. It Is What It Is
6. From Where You Are
7. Smoke & Mirrors
8. Falling In
9. Wrecking Ball
10. Here Tomorrow Gone Today
11. By Your Side
12. In Your Skin

Editorial Reviews

2010 release, the fifth studio album from the Alt-Rockers. With Smoke & Mirrors, Lifehouse, along with longtime producer Jude Cole, have created a set that combines their live sound with great record making. Smoke & Mirrors started out as a mission to capture the live, ROCK side of the band. A trip back into the studio gave them a chance to also tackle their 'record making' expertise. The album properly defines the best that Lifehouse has to offer.

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52 of 56 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
There's some things I've realized over my years listening to music. Third Eye Blind will never top their debut album, neither will matchbox twenty, and the same can be said for Los Angeles Pop-Rockers Lifehouse. That being said, this latest effort comes closer than any of their prior releases have and is a tribute to the band's staying power that it is actually picking up steam ten years into its' history. This album by far has the most depth to it in comparison to previous releases "Who We Are," "Stanley Climbfall" and their 2005 self-titled effort. The album plays out as such:

1. All In- 9/10
Rhythmic verses build up nicely to an uptempo soaring chorus. This is a great way to start off the album, and is sure to be a great song to hear live.

2. Nerve Damage- 7/10
When I first heard the intro of this song, I thought I was listening to the Foo Fighters' "Pretender." This song builds up slightly, but is one of the weaker songs on the album because it really doesn't have a hook to pull you in.

3. Had Enough- 10/10
Surefire third single in my opinion. Great verses mixed with solid backing vocals build up to a very catchy chorus. This is a real toe tapper that will be another great song to hear live.

4. Halfway Gone- 8/10
After hearing all the other songs on this album, it's surprising that this was picked as the first single. The tune is catchy and uptempo enough, but it lacks the hooks of some of the other more catchy singles. Nonetheless, still a solid song that is doing great at radio right now.

5. It Is What It Is- 10/10
If possible, I'd give this song a 12. It's up there with "Broken" and "Simon" for me as one of my favorite Lifehouse songs.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
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There's some things I've realized over my years listening to music. Third Eye Blind will never top their debut album, neither will matchbox twenty, and the same can be said for Los Angeles Pop-Rockers Lifehouse. That being said, this latest effort comes closer than any of their prior releases have and is a tribute to the band's staying power that it is actually picking up steam ten years into its' history. This album by far has the most depth to it in comparison to previous releases "Who We Are," "Stanley Climbfall" and their 2005 self-titled effort. The album plays out as such:

1. All In- 9/10
Rhythmic verses build up nicely to an uptempo soaring chorus. This is a great way to start off the album, and is sure to be a great song to hear live.

2. Nerve Damage- 7/10
When I first heard the intro of this song, I thought I was listening to the Foo Fighters' "Pretender." This song builds up slightly, but is one of the weaker songs on the album because it really doesn't have a hook to pull you in.

3. Had Enough- 10/10
Surefire third single in my opinion. Great verses mixed with solid backing vocals build up to a very catchy chorus. This is a real toe tapper that will be another great song to hear live.

4. Halfway Gone- 8/10
After hearing all the other songs on this album, it's surprising that this was picked as the first single. The tune is catchy and uptempo enough, but it lacks the hooks of some of the other more catchy singles. Nonetheless, still a solid song that is doing great at radio right now.

5. It Is What It Is- 10/10
If possible, I'd give this song a 12. It's up there with "Broken" and "Simon" for me as one of my favorite Lifehouse songs.
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful
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There are a lot of positives to Smoke & Mirrors, Lifehouse's fifth album in a decade. But I can't help but dwell on an element to the band's music I've noticed before and is especially prominent on this release.

I fell in love with Lifehouse because of slower, intimate songs like "Simon", "Somewhere In Between" and "Everything". I felt the connection and closeness Jason had with those songs, and I found the pulsating, ethereal synths to be the perfect backdrop to his passionate delivery of their moody melodies and lyrics.

Since No Name Face, only three songs ("You and Me", "Broken" and "Storm") have had a similar impact. I've been anticipating Smoke & Mirrors, hoping to find something that would strike a chord with me.

This record is similar to the band's last effort, Who We Are. The notion that roughly half the tracks capture the feel of a live show isn't quite as true as Lifehouse would like you to believe. A couple of songs have a bit more of a heavy edge to them, but Who We Are also included some rockers. The best high energy song for me is the opener, "All In". The chorus is very intense and this is definitely one of the best tracks on the album. The next track, "Nerve Damage", has an intriguing rhythm and a little bit of a live feel, but most of the rest of the tracks are very tight and studio polished to perfection (almost a little TOO perfect at times). The sound is super punchy and crisp. These tunes are very catchy and melodic. This IS a very good pop rock album. Any Lifehouse fan yearning for a more upbeat record gets their wish. There isn't a lackluster song in the bunch. However, I get the feeling these songs are a bit forced and crafted rather than born from inspiration.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this album!
Another great album by the best group making music today!
Published 10 days ago by Witcher
5.0 out of 5 stars good
great and recommended
Published 15 days ago by phirush tangsunawan
5.0 out of 5 stars love it.
Can't go wrong with Lifehouse, and you can't go wrong with this album......love it.
Published 29 days ago by Sandra L. Horner
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Record All The Way
After owning this album for a few years, I'm finally getting around to reviewing, something that I've thought about doing quite a few times. Read more
Published 1 month ago by snow47
5.0 out of 5 stars another great album
i love Lifehouse anyways, and this album is another great one listen to it all the time, nothing else i can say
Published 5 months ago by Mona
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Lifehouse
I love Lifehouse. They are my favorite band and this is the best album they have with their best song ever on this album with All In.
Published 5 months ago by chuckbakerisright
5.0 out of 5 stars Great cd!!
Absolutely love this cd!! Probably one of my favorite CDs of all time!! So glad I purchased this Lifehouse cd!
Published 7 months ago by Shannon Kemme
5.0 out of 5 stars Woth the money! Great album!
This album is filled with great songs! I really like this one! Every song on it is good! This will be a classic!
Published 9 months ago by Teresa M. Quimby
5.0 out of 5 stars Just love Lifehouse!
after seeing Lifehouse live I got this CD. It is amazing and by far I think their best CD yet. It shows the progression of this band and how musically emerged they have become to... Read more
Published 9 months ago by HELENA WEGLOWSKI
5.0 out of 5 stars BLOWN AWAY BY THIS CD
THIS CD IS AWESOME!!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE IT! Every single song I love. Not sure I can say that about any other CD. I'll be buying more Lifehouse CDs for SURE! Read more
Published 9 months ago by Kyra Marie
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Smoke and Mirrors - 2 discs
i'm not sure. i was wondering the same thing myself.
Nov 19, 2009 by Derrick Jenkins |  See all 7 posts
Song clips at amazon.co.uk Mp3 album deluxe with the 4 songs & Uk Bonus...
I was at J&R in NYC yesterday and they had the "Independent Record Store Deluxe Edition", which had as a bonus 5th track a remix of "Halfway Gone", but it might be a different mix, it's still pretty awesome.
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