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Switchfoot's fourth release marks a big step up for the band: Their first project to be released on both mainstream and Christian record labels, The Beautiful Letdown could be the California-based foursome's ticket to the crossover big time. The band are clearly up to the challenge, as Letdown is easily Switchfoot's finest work yet. Expertly crafted rock songs expressing deep insight into the human condition is nothing new to these guys, but this is a huge leap forward, musically and lyrically. Perhaps it's the new addition of fourth member Jerome Fontamillas on keyboards, who brings depth to the music. Perhaps it's the cleverly worded title, a thematic thread that runs ...
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Barnes & Noble - Lisa Zhito
Switchfoot's fourth release marks a big step up for the band: Their first project to be released on both mainstream and Christian record labels, The Beautiful Letdown could be the California-based foursome's ticket to the crossover big time. The band are clearly up to the challenge, as Letdown is easily Switchfoot's finest work yet. Expertly crafted rock songs expressing deep insight into the human condition is nothing new to these guys, but this is a huge leap forward, musically and lyrically. Perhaps it's the new addition of fourth member Jerome Fontamillas on keyboards, who brings depth to the music. Perhaps it's the cleverly worded title, a thematic thread that runs throughout this collection. Or maybe it's the effortless way Switchfoot move between hard-hitting, hammering guitar rock ("Meant to Live"), anthemic encouragement ("This Is Your Life"), and mesmerizing, moody ballads ("Beautiful Letdown"). Whatever it is, we want more of it.
All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
In 2002, alternative CCM rockers Switchfoot cribbed some wider exposure from Mandy Moore, contributing tracks to her film Walk to Remember. It was a good fit, as the film, like the Foot, strode toward the mainstream without forgetting its good-hearted ideals. They returned in February 2003 with the slick modern rock missive The Beautiful Letdown, which promptly blew up the Christian charts and garnered Switchfoot an armful of Dove Award nominations. But, issued through Columbia Records instead of Sparrow, it was clear Letdown had designs on something larger than the CCM market. Thus a year later, in 2004, Switchfoot issued the album again. It's the same, though the mix is slightly tweaked and an unremarkable DVD with videos and some unreleased stuff appears, hoping to appease those who bought the thing once already. Musically, the album is kind of all over the place. But it's always melodic and well paced, and carefully emulates what's already worked for adult alternative. So, while "Meant to Live" approaches the chunky grandeur of Fuel, "Gone" is a winking sing-song of a thing that owes a huge -- huge! -- debt to Sugar Ray. There's also stuff like "This Is Your Life" and "More Than Fine," where slick electronic treatments accentuate Jon Foreman's slightly Bono-ish vocals. It's all tinged with the spirituality that's been Switchfoot's m.o. since the beginning; however, the band's work is too easily hooky and mature not to find favor with secular audiences. The meanest thing you can say about a gorgeously layered ballad like "Dare You to Move" is that it's more of a nice, warm Tuesday evening than the wee hours of a greasy Saturday night. But there needs to be gradation like this in rock, bands on both the good and evil sides of the coin trying to hold it down. And for their part, for what they do, Switchfoot is very talented. Here's hoping their polished halo brings its gleam to the mainstream.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/8/2005
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 827969361726
  • Catalog Number: 093617

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Meant to Live (3:20)
  2. 2 This Is Your Life (4:18)
  3. 3 More Than Fine (4:15)
  4. 4 Ammunition (3:46)
  5. 5 Dare You to Move (4:08)
  6. 6 Redemption (3:06)
  7. 7 The Beautiful Letdown (5:21)
  8. 8 Gone (3:45)
  9. 9 On Fire (4:39)
  10. 10 Adding to the Noise (2:50)
  11. 11 Twenty-Four (4:52)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Switchfoot Primary Artist
Tim Foreman Bass Guitar, Group Member
Chad Butler Drums, Group Member
Jerome Fontamillas Keyboards, Group Member
Ameena Khawaja Cello
Stephan Hovsepian Violin
Jon Foreman Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Technical Credits
Charlie Peacock Producer
John Fields Producer, Audio Production
Tim Foreman Composer
Switchfoot Producer
Mary Maurer Art Direction
Matthew Welch Producer, Remixing
Aaron Redfield Drum Technician
Jon Foreman Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    My Favorite CD

    If this is a letdown, it definitely is beautiful! I haven't heard such a great band in my life! MEANT TO LIVE is the best song ever!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Greatest Cd Ever

    Switchfoot is my favorite band. I have all of thier Cds, so when I found out that they made another one, I counted down the days until it came out. All of their songs are perfect, but my favorite (on this CD) has to be Gone. I recommend this CD to everyone, and I also recommend their other CDs, esp. New Way to be Human!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I loved it!

    I usually don't listen to this kind of music, but after I heard 'Dare You To Move' I had to hear more. I absolutely LOVE this cd. I would recomend it to anybody. Switchfoot's music is awesome and powerful. This is definitely a five star cd. It's awesome...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Switchfoot-The Best Positive Rock music you'll ever hear!!

    Switchfoot , is my Fav. rock band. They have finally sent out the message to us teens, to say hey there IS more to life then sex, drugs, girls, and partying("This is your Life"). There is a reason your here on this earth, we do have a purpose, and they want us to know that! I just love the feel of their music, its something even your parents will like and approve of,my mom loves them!! Switchfoot truly can ROCK!! They're the real deal, and you won't be disappointed!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AMAZING!

    This is the best! I love Switchfoot's songs and the best part is, my brother and I actually have something in common...we both love Switchfoot! Their music proves that not all Christian music is boring!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I love this CD!!!!!!

    I wasn't into switchfoot until I bought mandy moore's soundtract "A Walk to Remember" now they are my current favorite group next to backstreet boys. I love this CD I listened to it everyday. I never get sick of it. I recommend this to everybody.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    DUDE, THIS CD ROX!

    THIS IS YOUR LIFE IS THE BEST SONG EVER!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Never a Letdown

    Switchfoot's insightful lyrics never cease to amaze and inspire me. I hope they keep making wonderful music for years to come. The music is also incredible, you should give it a listen, i guarentee that you won't be disappointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Switchfoot: The Beautiful Letdown

    Rocking guitars with meaningful lyrics is all you need. Switchfoot's latest album "The Beautiful Letdown" has all that and more. The diversity of this band is amazing! They have from rock songs like "Meant to Live" and "Ammunition" to slow moderate soft tunes like "On Fire" and "twenty-four". With incredible talent and strive, this is switchfoot's greatest album yet! Go get yours NOW!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Switchfoot Rocks!

    Switchfoot is a great band that produces exceptional music. Their lyrics are awesome and have a great message for their listeners. This is their greatest album yet! It is the best Christian album of the year hands down! And even beyond that it is in my opinion one of the greatest albums of ALL TIME! I own a huge collection of music, but this CD is always in my CD player or close by. I have listened to it from the day it was first released and will never grow tired of it. If you haven't heard Switchfoot, you are missing out on some great music! And agian this is the band's best album by far!!! ROCK ON SWITCHFOOT!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    BEST SWITCHFOOT CD YET

    I loved this cd, it is definitely one you need to buy. If you are a punkrocker, i especially recommend this cd for you. It has the perfect mix of great singers, instruments, and christian prospective. BUY IT TODAY!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Beautiful, Powerful, Catchy

    The Beautiful Letdown is one of Switchfoot's best albums so far, with a more pronounced and polished sound than their previous ones. The lyrics are, as always, very powerful and meaningful, and the music itself is catchy and very modern. The guitar parts are sizzling and the vocals are smooth and relaxing, even in the most upbeat song on the album.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Have you ever felt worthless? This is an album for you.

    This album is awesome. I recommend it to anyone who has ever felt like a failure. This album is uplifting and it has alot of really great guitar buildups. The album encourages listeners to get out and make something of themselves and tells them that we all underestimate our worth. Jon Foreman is an excellent vocalist and Jerome is a grand addition to an already fantastic band. Seriously, if you are a fan of Switchfoot or of Rock in general, go buy this album.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This is my favorite album ever!

    This album is an amazing blend of incredible lyrics and rock n roll guitars that make you want to listen to it over and over again! It catches more of a feel of how Switchfoot sounds in a live show. Its definately my favorite Switchfoot album to date.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    You won't find a letdown here..

    Amazing. Incredible. Astounding. I don't know where to begin. Everything about this CD is perfect. Music at its finest. Not only does Switchfoot have awesome tunes, that you can't help but tap your foot to, but they have brilliant lyrics. Very well thought out. I'll never forget listening to this whole CD once and knowing 75% of the lyrics the neaxt time around. But they have very complex songs, so that even now- I'm still saying to myself "so that is what he was talking about.." I have yet to meet a person I wouldn't recommend this album to. They really put their hearts and souls into this CD, and that is enough (I think) to buy it. Let alone the fact it is diverse in styles, amazing lyrics, and that I'm going to beat you up if you don't. Ok, I won't beat you up. But if you don't get this CD somewhere sometime, I think you are commiting mental and musical suicide. Its really worth the money. Please take a minute to check out their music video for "Meant to Live" and to buy this CD. If not here, at your local music store. Thanks, Annissa

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    definitely not a letdown!

    Switchfoot has been an amazing band for the last five years or so and this is definitely their most diverse and "out there" about their faith record. i commend the guys for a job well done and for sticking up for Christ. God bless!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ..."Meant to Live.."

    I reccomend this cd to everyone, especially those who are into alternative rock or Christian music. this is an album that you can listen to in the car no matter who is sitting next to you. I recently was priveledged enough to have the chance to hang out with the band members. They were the most down-to-earth people i have ever met. Don't let the title of this cd throw you off... its not at all any kind of a letdown. With its variety of accoustic songs, its awesome bass lines, to its amazing electric guitar solos, no matter what your style of music, this cd is something that anyone and everyone can enjoy. The song that has been the most talked about, "Meant to Live" is absolutley amazing. It has the rock sound but with the most awesome lyrics i have ever heard. The lyrics that switchfoot put in their songs are undescribable. no matter how your feeling emotionally; depressed, excited, tired, "letdown", sad, happy, angry, whatever your emotion is, switchfoot has a song for you. Jon is an unbelieveable song writer and very talented musician, as are all of the guys. With Jon on lead vocals and lead guitar, Tim on bass and backing vocals, Chad "the amazing" on drums, and Jerome on keys, you can't go wrong with this album. Or any of their other albums as well. So i am encouraging you to check this out no matter what your age ( i mean come on, even my mom goes to their concerts)!!! SWITCHFOOT ROCKS MY FACE OFF!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Switchfoot Does It Again

    The new SWITCHFOOT cd The Beautiful Letdown is phenomenal!! The songs sound great and the messages in them are amazing. I they talk about things that are realistic and aren't putting up a front and are the real deal. Their sound is like none other. Jon Foreman's voice has a distinction and is just so amazing. The songs are catchy and you'll be singing them many days after listening to the cd. This cd is just extraordinary.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Switchfoot is Numer 1

    This cd is sooo awesome!! It has some new sounds but is still wonderful!! I love the way they sing what they feel!! The messages that are in the songs are incredible!! If you enjoyed any of their other cds you are sure to love this one!! I LOVE SITCHFOOT!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    beautiful in genuineness: definitely not a letdown

    (I read a review from an individual that was disappointed that it was not thoroughly a rock album like their opening song, "Meant to Live". Switchfoot is much more than just a rock band. Their sound can't be slotted into a narrow container, so if you are like one of these individuals (preferring unchanging static sound), switchfoot isn't for you.) The best album from Switchfoot to date, and possibly one of the best albums in a long time, although, under the radar. Each song is complex: musically and lyrically. There is a strong element of genuine honesty in each song, which particularly connects with me. Each song has a meaning. None of the tracks are empty noise. Frontman, Jon Foreman, really bares his own character in these songs, and the band, altogether, refines the thought. The way, in which the profoundness of the lyrics and the complexity of the music is so marvelously weaved together, produces a highly tense web of stirring emotions. Switchfoot uses words and music so brilliantly in this album, evoking just the right emotions at exactly the right time. At specific times in some of the songs, a certain word paired with a chord transition or marked percussion thing just hits you like a bomb. Really, this is awesome craftwork. That tension they usually have in their music is even more evident in this album, namely in the charged "Meant to Live", the remake of "Dare You to Move", "On Fire", and "Twenty-Four". Perhaps one of the most powerful songs is the musically stripped down "Twenty-Four", which opens up with just the acoutic guitar, playing two strings as accompaniment. The vulnerability of that song makes up for what instruments are lacking. A particularly tense part of the song is when Foreman sings "more than a feeling" coupled with the strings that kind of fly in. You will never find the exact same sound in each of the songs. Each song has holds its own quality, its own message. Really, I can't explain how genuine this album is. Even for easy listening, it's great. But if you look deeper than just the notes, you realize how good this band really is. I highly recommend this album, and any other Switchfoot album, for that matter. For those of you who measure a band's worth by their live performance, Switchfoot is AWESOME live.

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