No Name Face

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No Name Face
Studio album by Lifehouse
Released October 31, 2000
Recorded April–August 2000
Genre Alternative rock, post-grunge
Length 55:17
Label DreamWorks
Producer Ron Aniello
Lifehouse chronology
Diff's Lucky Day
(1999)
No Name Face
(2000)
Stanley Climbfall
(2002)
Singles from No Name Face
  1. "Hanging by a Moment"
    Released: April 24, 2001
  2. "Sick Cycle Carousel"
    Released: June 4, 2001
  3. "Breathing"
    Released: November 5, 2001

No Name Face is the debut album by the rock band Lifehouse. It was released on October 31, 2000, and it produced the hit "Hanging by a Moment" which went on to be the most played song on radio the following year.[1] This album launched Lifehouse into the limelight, and produced many radio-friendly hits. It has sold over four million copies worldwide.

Lead singer and songwriter Jason Wade originally formed Lifehouse as a church rock band, and often performed for church worship services before signing to the commercial record label DreamWorks.

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[2]
Cross Rhythms 9/10 stars[3]
iTunes (favorable)[4]
Jesus Freak Hideout 3.5/5 stars[5]
Melodic.net 4/5 stars[6]
Today's Christian Music (favorable)[7]

Liana Jonas of Allmusic gave the album three out of five stars, noting how the "music aptly supports Wade's sonorous voice." She further commented on Wade's songwriting abilities by saying that Wade "is a lyrical wunderkind, writing words generally reserved for his older counterparts."[2] iTunes compared Wade's voice on the album to Eddie Vedder, Scott Stapp of Creed, and Scott Weiland. They then commented on the musicality of the album by saying, "it's an intelligent musical formula sorely missed in much music of the early 21st century".[4] John DiBiase of Jesus Freak Hideout gave the album three-and-a-half out of five stars, and called the album a "good mainstream album to check out from a band who seems to have a lot to offer which we're bound to see in the near future".[5] Dave Urbanski from Today's Christian Music applauded the instrumentation on the album and also said that the band had "skillful musicianship, poetic insight, [and] unflinching takes on faith".[7]

Promotion[edit]

On August 7, 2001, DreamWorks Records announced that Lifehouse was preparing for their first headlining tour in support of No Name Face.[8] It was also announced that the opening acts would be The Calling and Michelle Branch.[8] When asked how the band approaches live performances in an interview with MTV Radio, Wade said, "On the record, there's a couple tracks that are more mellow, with acoustic guitars and stuff. But in our live show, we've been trying to keep it really up-tempo. It's gotten a lot rockier than on the record. We try to step it up with the guitars, getting them crunchier and picking the tempos up to draw the crowd in more. So the live show's a little more energetic than the record."[9]

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Venue
September 10, 2001 Milwaukee The Rave
September 11, 2001 Chicago Vic Theatre
September 12, 2001 Pontiac Clutch Cargo
September 14, 2001 Columbia Jesse Auditorium
September 15, 2001 Oklahoma City Oklahoma State Fair
September 17, 2001 Columbus Newport Music Hall
September 18, 2001 Murray Regional Special Events Center
September 19, 2001 Grand Rapids Calvin College
September 23, 2001 Rochester Palestra
September 28, 2001 Madison Simon Forum
September 30, 2001 Wilkes-Barre Wilkes University
October 1, 2001 Williamsport Lycoming College

Track listing[edit]

Standard edition[10]
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Hanging by a Moment"   Jason Wade 3:36
2. "Sick Cycle Carousel"   Wade 4:23
3. "Unknown"   Wade 4:06
4. "Somebody Else's Song"   Wade 4:36
5. "Trying"   Wade 3:52
6. "Only One"   Wade 4:56
7. "Simon"   Wade 6:01
8. "Cling and Clatter"   Wade 4:29
9. "Breathing"   Wade 4:25
10. "Quasimodo"   Wade 4:32
11. "Somewhere in Between"   Wade 4:14
12. "Everything"   Wade 6:07
Total length:
55:17

Personnel[edit]

Produced by Ron Aniello

  • Jason Wade – vocals, guitars
  • Sergio Andrade – bass
  • Jon Palmer – drums

Additional personnel[edit]

  • Ron Aniello: Guitar, bass, keyboards, percussion, engineer
  • Collin Hayden: Electric guitar
  • Aaron Lord: Viola
  • Marcus Barone: Chamberlaine
  • Aaron Embry: Keyboards
  • John Leftwich: String bass
  • Bob Glaub: Bass
  • Jack Kelly: Drums
  • Matt Laug: Drums
  • Walter Rodriquez: Tambourine
  • Jude Cole: Background vocals
  • Kendall Payne: Background vocals
  • Neal Averon: Engineer
  • Jim Scott: Engineer
  • Brendan O'Brien: Mixing

Charts and certifications[edit]

References[edit]

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  5. ^ a b DiBiase, John (2000-12-03). "Lifehouse, "No Name Face" Review". Jesus Freak Hideout. Retrieved 2011-08-14. 
  6. ^ Winberg, Pär (2000). "Lifehouse - No Name Face". Melodic.net. Retrieved 2013-02-02. 
  7. ^ a b Urbanski, Dave. "Lifehouse | No Name Face | TodaysChristianMusic.com". Today's Christian Music. Retrieved 2011-08-14. 
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