"We all had this urgency in our gut that we couldn't even articulate," frontman Jason Wade tells Billboard. "We just knew we had to go back to the drawing board and try something new. We felt like our sound needed to evolve and to change. This album was very in-the-moment, not premeditated, just a lot of waiting around for moments to happen on their own instead of forcing something and trying to manipulate it. It was very freeing."
Wade says "Almería," produced by longtime Lifehouse mentor Jude Cole and recorded in Box Canyon, Calif., was created in two distinct waves. During the first, the group mixed writing and recording sessions with weekend concerts. "We never unplugged the touring machine," Wade explains. "Monday through Friday we just started to get together around 4 p.m. for these nonchalant jam sessions. It's almost like we were reverting back to being teenagers in our parents' garages, which felt really good. We thought we were making this cool, 70s rock album." That lasted until earlier this year, when Wade came up with "Almería's" first single, "Between the Raindrops," which features a duet with Natasha Bedingfield and was developed over a three-and-a-half month period by Wade, Cole and co-writer Jacob Kasher and marked a return to a more meticulous but still new approach.