By Andy Greenwald
February 17, 2010 at 05:00 AM EST

Smoke & Mirrors

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Lifehouse ?hit it big ?with 2001’s “Hanging by a Moment,” and they’ve been hanging around ever since. Credit lone original member Jason ?Wade, who’s proved adept at navigating the winds of taste and coolness by sticking to a steady diet of blandly earnest rock balladry. Thus the band’s fifth album Smoke & Mirrors is full of the ?sort of wistful, anonymously romantic tunes one wouldn’t mind ignoring in the ?background of a television melodrama. Smoke, yes. But no fire. C

Download These:
Mildly peppy Halfway Gone at myspace.com
Mildly funky Wrecking Ball at youtube.com

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