Seven year ago today, Lifehouse released Out of the Wasteland, its largest collection of songs and official b-sides in its history at nineteen tracks. It’s kinda wild to think that it’s been as long between then and now as it was between the release of Stanley Climbfall and Halfway Gone, and longer than the time between the release of No Name Face and Who We Are. Ugh… feeling old.
Thoughts or memories on this album? I found it to be closest cousins with Who We Are, but wider-ranging by a sizeable margin. Every album has had a few ‘legendary’ songs that changed the gravity in the room when heard. Simon and Everything, Take Me Away or perhaps Wash, Blind, Broken and Signs of Life, Nerve Damage, Aftermath (and Goodbye Kanan too); Out if the Wasteland took a ton of musical risks that really paid off, with three songs continuing this trend: Flight, Hourglass, and an underdog of a song, Yesterday’s Son. We finally heard Wish and it was rendered gorgeously, Angeline made an appearance on the Target CD, and we got our first taste of Paper Cuts through some more fully-realized versions of Central Park and Clarity. Bryce got his first solo writing credit with the inclusion of Stardust, and other notable tracks like Runaways, Alien, Hurt This Way, and Après La Vie showed the breadth of songwriting the previous six albums had made clear. While I’m not the biggest fan of Hurricane or One for the Pain, hearing that crunchy guitar on the TV gigs they had around its release felt really good and took me back to some of their alt-rock days.
The European tour that followed might go down as one of their greatest tours ever, musically — the solo set in the middle brought out Joshua, The Edge, Eighties, and several other little- or never-performed tracks, and they performed Flight live during some of the encores.
Would love to hear any stories from this time period for ‘the listeners at home’. Favourite tracks, general opinions?