In lieu of 2002's skate-metal and earnest AOR grunge, on follow-up album Stanley Climbfall Lifehouse
are more at ease than most with Scott Weiland
's swampmonster vocals and power-crunched guitar riffs. The band also knows how to dig a big chorus out of its thick dynamics when called for, a useful tactic reminiscent of Silverchair
's first album and the big-gestured rock of Creed
and John Cougar Mellencamp
. Ron Aniello
and Brendan O'Brien
bring their recognizable hair metal production to the effort.