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The House We Built

by Mike Schmid

A heartfelt journey through Divorceland.
Genre: Pop: Pop/Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The House We Built
4:12 $0.99
2. I Can Try
3:46 $0.99
3. In My Dream
3:02 $0.99
4. Don't Follow Your Heart
4:50 $0.99
5. The Road
5:24 $0.99
6. What Ever Happened To You?
2:58 $0.99
7. Little Noah
4:26 $0.99
8. Today I'm OK
4:12 $0.99
9. Doesn't Really Matter
4:04 $0.99
10. Forget You
4:19 $0.99
11. Margaritas
2:33 $0.99
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Album Notes
Sometimes the hardest things in life are the most inspiring. Mike Schmid knows this firsthand, as he draws fuel for his fire on "The House We Built," a journey through the peaks and valleys of divorce.

Going in, I expected a bit of a downer, considering the subject matter, but the songs and sounds are surprisingly upbeat and diverse, from the groovy "I Can Try" to the glossy "Today I'm OK." Sure, there are some melancholy moments, like "Little Noah," a gorgeous ballad for his son, and "In My Dream," a surreal and creepy journey down a dark river.

Like his previous album, "The High Cost of Living (A Love Story)," this is a journey through love and loss, which adds up to more than the sum of its beautiful parts. It is also a generous album, which doesn't spend too much time on anger, instead quickly moving through to more interesting themes like regret, redemption and restoration.

Unlike the difficult experiences that must have inspired this album, when it ends, you'll want to start it all over again. It is far too rare to hear a record like this in our times of single-song downloads. You won't regret picking this one up.



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Featured on my music blog...
Selected as the featured title at omnipop: a music blog. Highest grade. Highly recommended.

Henk-Jan Lammers

this one gets under your skin
It took me a little while to fully appreciate this album.

Now, I find myself picking up this album more and more whenever I ponder what to play.

It's sweet, smooth, lovely, and sometimes a little bitter.

Basically, it's like chocolate.
and we all know that chocolate is a drug that makes people happy....

Dave C. Duncan

A 10 out of 10!
Mike Schmid, on his third album, has placed his heart & soul on the table for all to observe. Nowhere is this more apparent than on the track, "Little Noah". So often we don't hear the 'male' side of dealing with not being around their children more. It was a beautiful, honest letter to a son that a door will always be kept wide open. The whole album is a wonderful listening experience. Instead of the harsh, biting words so many fight back with against their spouses of 'they said, I said' pains, Mike has simply answered, "if you're not happy then let's find a way to both move to the next part". This is a perfect album, start to finish.

Chrisr at CD Baby

A confessional piano-pop album about divorce doesn’t sound like a very cheery audio affair, but thankfully this keyboard wiz (who currently performs with Miley Cyrus) has the good sense and talent to set his lyrical melancholia to bright, bouncy melodies. Behind the earnest, emotive vocal delivery and aching falsetto there is infectious optimism. Mike Schmid’s sound is reminiscent of a smoother Ben Folds Five, a more ambitious version of The Fray, or Scott Fisher if he were to use more electronic elements in his production. This album is a must-have for any fan of modern, dreamy pop-rock.