Who We Are


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Bob Hoose
Bob Smithouser

Album Review

Pro-Social Content

Lead singer Jason Wade embraces life’s uncertainties on “Disarray,” while “Who We Are” notes that the revelations from those ups and downs can strengthen relationships. Eager to turn around a struggling romance, Wade pledges to do “Whatever It Takes” (“I know that I’ve let you down/ And if you give me a chance, believe that I can change/I’ll keep us together”). “First Time” expresses how it feels to be reinvigorated by true love. Several tracks contain spiritual overtones. While they may refer to a woman, “Storm,” “Broken” and “Make Me Over” are more likely addressed to God—pleas for strength, support and healing. “Easier to Be” praises someone for remaining consistent through a difficult time (“You didn’t give up on me/Let myself go/You were still there”). Although suicidal thoughts end on a positive note (“Turn around/Don’t throw it away”) …

Objectionable Content

The preceding misery is slathered on thick on “The Joke” (“Here’s to unhappy endings … My life is for the taking … I’m ending all this pain … Think to myself, Will I ever be missed? … This is my last day”).

Summary Advisory

Despite changes in personnel since the band’s 2000 debut, Lifehouse has remained consistently positive. With one caveat, Who We Are is no different.

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Bob Hoose

After spending more than two decades touring, directing, writing and producing for Christian theater and radio (most recently for Adventures in Odyssey, which he still contributes to), Bob joined the Plugged In staff to help us focus more heavily on video games. He is also one of our primary movie reviewers.

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