Who We Are is the fourth studio album by Americanalternative rock band Lifehouse. It was first released via compact disc in the United States on June 18, 2007 by Geffen Records. It was released via digital download the next day on June 19, 2007. The band entered the studio without any demos recorded and only had lyrics from Lifehouse lead singer Jason Wade. The songs on the album were mostly inspired by different emotions of love, bliss, struggles, and pain. Musically, the album is a combination of rock, alternative, and adult alternative.
The album received positive reviews from critics, and peaked at number fourteen on the Billboard 200, selling 49,000 copies in its first week. It also managed to chart in the top twenty of Billboard's Alternative Albums, Digital Albums, and Rock Albums charts the first week it was released. It was certified Gold in the United States by the RIAA on October 22, 2008.
The album's lead single, "First Time", was released May 7, 2007, and charted in several countries. The second single, "Whatever It Takes", was released on November 13, 2007, and charted on several Billboard charts. The third single, "Broken" was released July 8, 2008, and had commercial success in the United States and Canada, and eventually other countries.
The album was produced by American record producer Jude Cole, Lifehouse, and John Fields. Lifehouse started recording Who We Are without any demos, and only had lyrics from Jason Wade when they entered the studio. When asked about creating a song for the album, Lifehouse lead percussionist Rick Woolstenhulme, Jr. said, "Nobody really knew what they would be playing. We just cut it, listened to it and realized it was pretty electric… the kind of song where you just turn up the radio." The album focused on the different emotions of love, bliss, struggles, and pain. Musically, the album was a combination of rock, alternative, and adult alternative. After being asked about the title of the album, Wade stated, "We established camaraderie on the road and gelled as a unit. This record defines 'Who We Are,' which is why that’s the title. The sound fits where we’re at right now."
Lifehouse lead singer Jason Wade had many inspirations when writing songs for Who We Are. When asked about the background of lead single "First Time", Wade said, "It just felt urgent, like a first kiss, a first love. Like the first time you realize there's more to that relationship than you thought. I had to dig a little for that one, but I find myself at a place where I can write stuff that's a little deeper than your average love song in terms of emotion." Wade was inspired to write "The Joke" after he read a newspaper article that detailed the story of a British boy who hung himself as a result of being bullied by his fellow schoolmates. The song "Broken" was written by Wade after he visited a friend in Nashville that needed a kidney transplant.
"Make Me Over" was inspired by the band's love of British rock, while strains of "Learn You Inside Out" were inspired by the Plastic Ono Band. When asked about the song "Learn You Inside Out", Wade said, "I wrote it really quick. We decided just to freestyle. It was one of those moments when we really grew as a band, being able to reach each other and know where we're going." The song "Disarray" was inspired by Wade's strict and religious family. When asked about the song, he said, "Angels, demons. We all fight them both, and anyone who pretends they don’t is not someone I want to hang out with." "Storm" was originally written by Wade at the age of sixteen, when he was going through difficult times. When asked about the song in an interview, Wade said, "That was fun to record because of its starkness. We love the idea of the title, surrounded by negative space, like the a cappella beginning. Because when you’re lost in confusion, no matter how much is going on around you, you’re still alone."
Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic described the album as "post-alternative guitar rock preserved in amber, all shallow angst and earnestness, communicated through music that surges without hooks." However, he further commented that "Lifehouse [is] pleasant enough, but hardly memorable, and hardly [answers] the question of who they are no matter how they try." Alex Lai of Contact Music called "the ballads on this record amongst the best the band has produced" and further commented that "[the album] is very well balanced and though far from groundbreaking, show that Lifehouse have returned to their consistent best." John DiBiase of Jesus Freak Hideout said that the album "isn't much different from their previous chapters." However, DiBiase said that "there [are] plenty of accented new flavors among the tracks to keep things fresh and interesting."
In the United States, Who We Are debuted and peaked at number fourteen on the Billboard Hot 200, selling 49,000 copies in its first week. It stayed on the chart for seventy-six non-consecutive weeks. The album debuted and peaked on the Billboard Rock Albums chart at number five. On the Billboard Digital Albums chart, the album debuted and peaked at number four and stayed on the chart for five consecutive weeks. It debuted and peaked at number eighteen on the Billboard Alternative Albums chart and stayed there for ten non-consecutive weeks. It was certified Gold in the United States by the RIAA on October 22, 2008. As of June 28, 2010, the album's singles have garnered over three million digital downloads.