Saturday, October 08, 2005

New CD

I bought Switchfoot's new album, Nothing Is Sound today.

All in all, I'd say it's what one could expect from Switchfoot. I stand by The Beautiful Letdown as their best album so far. The lyrics on this new one are a bit too ephemeral for me. Some of the songs are clouded in terms of their message, and I'm not entirely sure where they're going. It seems they're upset with the war in Iraq, but not in a bandwagon sort of way, and they hide it behind the poetical (perhaps too poetical) lyrics. The freshness and edge seems to have dulled a bit since their last album as they try to approach things perhaps more "artfully". This seems to be a trend among Christian musicians when they find a wider following. I chalk the shortcomings of this present collection to this mysterious tendency, and hope that they find an equilibrium by the next time they hit the studio. Mind, this is not to say that the new CD isn't groovy. The music is great, and many of the songs capture the old magic (notably "Happy is a Yuppie Word" and "The Blues"). I recommend the purchase, just don't be surprised to find a little bit lyrically of what happened to the Beatles after they met and were awed by Bob Dylan.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

If tight-writing is what you want, although in a different genre, please refer to Patty Griffin.
-- Ged.

10/22/05, 6:48 PM  

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