Among the many genres of music these days, there is one in which the band
Switchfoot stands alone. With the release of their new album Nothing is
Sound, it's hard to compare how the band sounds today to how they’ve sounded
in the past. Switchfoot has come a long way from "I Dare You to Move", the
single off of their last album, The Beautiful Letdown. Although that album
launched Switchfoot into the mainstream string of music, it caught much
attention. Now, the Foreman brothers are back and Nothing is Sound should
represent what Switchfoot is all about: good rock music.
When people think of Switchfoot, most are reminded of the 2002 movie A Walk
to Remember. Throughout the movie, songs off of the band's first few albums
could be heard, such as "Only Hope" off of the New Way to Be Human
album and "Learning to Breathe" off of the Learning to Breathe album. This
led critics to believe that Switchfoot is a religious band, which they might
be. However, that doesn't affect the band's ability to play good music. So
for a track by track analysis of Nothing is Sound, listen up.
1. "Lonely Nation" – A good way to start out the album, as it is very
energetic. The song was well written, and it's fairly obvious that the Foreman
brothers wrote this in relation to the Iraq war.
2. "Stars" – Probably one of the better songs on the album. The band
released this song as their first single. The chorus is catchy, a little
repetitive, but most of you will like this song the best.
3. "Happy is a Yuppie Word" – I’m not exactly sure what "yuppie" means.
This song is a little slower, not my favorite, but if you're the type that
like songs with slow verses and faster/louder choruses, you might like
4. "The Shadow Proves the Sunshine" – Another slower one; however, this
one stays slow the whole way through. Not a bad track, the song has well
written religious lyrics and a good slow guitar opening. A solid song.
5. "Easier than Love" – A quicker song with an energetic flow. Again,
not one of my favorites, but it has a good sound. It stands out from the others
on the album.
6. "The Blues" – A very good yet depressing song. Have you ever lie in your
bed listening to music, trying to make a song fit the way you’re feeling? This one is an excellent song to relax and just listen to. The title of the track is well suited.
7. "The Setting Sun" – This song has a pop feel, but don't let that turn
you away. It's a great song, and the lyrics are excellent. You can tell the
band put a lot into this one. "Let us find where we belong, beyond this
setting sun, beyond this setting sun." Great song.
8. “Politicians” – This could be one of Switchfoot’s hardest/darkest
songs. Why not have a song called "Politicians" with all of the commotion in
politics these days? It may sound like an anti-government song, but it is
clearly not. "I pledge allegiance to a country without borders, without
politicians." Not a bad song at all.
9. "Golden" – Obviously another religious song. It's a great song with
spiritual lyrics. "And everything will be made new again like freedom in
spring." This song is about redemption and how everything old will eventually
become new. I'm not into this one though.
10. "The Fatal Wound" – This isn't the best song on the album. I didn’t
enjoy it as much as the others. The lyrics were a little dark. The harmonica
solo was a change from Switchfoot’s normal style. I skipped over this song
before it was finished.
11. "We Are One Tonight" – A moderately paced song with pretty good
lyrics. The band might have been pushing out the last of their songs to
finish the album. The song is OK, but nothing I would recommend for radio
play. Then again, it's only my opinion.
12. "Daisy" – A slow song to cap off a great album. This is what most
bands will do for a conclusion. The song's not bad, but I probably wouldn't
recommend listening to it unless you have a play-list on your computer to fall
There you have it! Go out and experience this album for yourself. A word to
the wise: if you decide to purchase the album, buy the dual-disc version
because the regular version is copy-right protected, which limits you to only
using the software that comes with the CD. This means that there is no ripping
the CD to iTunes and putting the tracks on your iPod. Also, the regular CD
limits the amount of burnt copies you can make. The copy-right protection is
why many people have given the album a bad rating; however, it is not the band
that asked for the protection, it was the record label. Get the dual-disc!
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