March 5, 2010
New Albums: Lifehouse and Various (for “Almost Alice”)
Lifehouse – Smoke and Mirrors
So for some reason, I had convinced myself that Smoke and Mirrors was released a long time ago. Boy was I wrong (since it came out on Tuesday). Maybe it just seems that way because “Halfway Gone” has been on the radio since October of 2009…I bet that’s it. It has made the Billboard Hot 100 and everything.
Anyway, it’s been a few years since Lifehouse has come out with an album–their last was Who We Are in 2007. Now, Smoke and Mirrors is their fifth studio album. I think it’s crazy (in a good way–impressive!) that they’ve only been around for about ten years and this is already their fifth album. Intense pace, guys.
Anyway, if you liked Lifehouse’s other albums, I’m pretty sure you’ll enjoy Smoke and Mirrors just as well. There are twelve new tracks (unless you get the Deluxe edition–which I think you should because “Crash and Burn” is great–which adds another five songs). It’s been a long wait for the album but it meets the standard of their other records, so check it out!
Various Artists – Almost Alice
I have to admit that I was slightly more excited to get a hold of this album. First of all, I’m pretty sure there are two separate CDs to buy for the new Tim Burton Alice in Wonderland movie: one with Danny Elfman’s score for the film, and then Almost Alice, which contains songs (that aren’t instrumental) from relevant artists.
It includes tracks from artists such as Owl City, Avril Lavigne, The All-American Rejects (when are they going to release another album??), Shinedown, 3OH!3, Tokio Hotel, Plain White T’s, Franz Ferdinand, and others. Wow, could it be more emo-friendly? Hey, I’m not a hater, I’m just saying…
After listening to the whole album I have to say…what a great idea. It’s got enough variety not to be annoying, and it’s attached to a blockbuster movie. To all participating artists: well done. If I’m not mistaking, too, it sounds as if most (if not all) of the songs were specifically written for this movie. I know that Lavigne’s and Shinedown’s are for sure, but all of the others sound like it, too.
I like this. It’s weird and quirky and interesting, and I could listen to it a lot. When you listen to these songs, you can kind of see Johnny Depp’s heavily makeuped face with that weird, creepy smile and the huge gap in his teeth, walking kind of like Captain Sparrow. Can’t you!? I know you can.
There’s one song that actually surprised me. Maybe I’m not an avid listener of the Plain White T’s, but I was pleasantly surprised at how different their track, “Welcome to Mystery,” sounded from all of their hit singles. It was fast-paced and not too cheesy. It might actually have been my favorite…but maybe that’s just from listening through the album once. Don’t hold me to that.
If you don’t mind a little emo, then check this album out!
Keep in mind that as much as I liked this album, I don’t think any of these songs should actually be in the film. I guess I’ll find out soon enough…
Posted by Shaane at 7:00 am