Fading West

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All Music Guide - Matt Collar
San Diego's Switchfoot made a splash in the early and mid-2000s with such hit singles as "Dare You to Move" and "Stars." Those songs showcased Switchfoot's anthemic, passionate guitar-based rock sound and helped secure their position as one of the most successful Christian rock bands on the secular pop scene. Since then, Switchfoot have released several albums that found them experimenting with various pop sounds that moved them away from the straightforward punk-influenced rock of their earlier work. Switchfoot's ninth studio album, 2014's Fading West, continues in this varied creative direction with a batch of songs inspired by the band's love of surfing. Recorded in ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Matt Collar
San Diego's Switchfoot made a splash in the early and mid-2000s with such hit singles as "Dare You to Move" and "Stars." Those songs showcased Switchfoot's anthemic, passionate guitar-based rock sound and helped secure their position as one of the most successful Christian rock bands on the secular pop scene. Since then, Switchfoot have released several albums that found them experimenting with various pop sounds that moved them away from the straightforward punk-influenced rock of their earlier work. Switchfoot's ninth studio album, 2014's Fading West, continues in this varied creative direction with a batch of songs inspired by the band's love of surfing. Recorded in tandem with a worldwide tour of well-known surf spots, captured on the 2013 Fading West documentary, the album is an upbeat, uplifting affair. The band, once again centered around lead singer/songwriter Jon Foreman, returns to both its musical roots and its beach and surf culture roots. The result is an album that at once pushes Switchfoot's sound forward, while displaying the band's long-running knack for melodic, catchy pop songs. Essentially, Fading West finds the group splitting the difference between the anthemic guitar-based uplift of 2003's The Beautiful Letdown and the more post-punk/dance-rock-inclined approach of 2006's Oh! Gravity. Tracks like "Say It Like You Mean It" and "Who We Are" bring to mind Achtung Baby-era U2, while other cuts like "Slipping Away" and "Let It Out" fit nicely alongside work by more contemporary bands like OneRepublic. Ultimately, much like riding a surfboard from wave to wave, Fading West moves from earnest ballads to dancey, groove-oriented cuts to breezy, sunshine-soaked rockers with an easy, athletic flow.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/14/2014
  • Label: Atlantic
  • UPC: 075678683824
  • Catalog Number: 536462
  • Sales rank: 2,372

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Switchfoot Primary Artist
Tim Foreman Group Member
Chad Butler Group Member
Jerome Fontamillas Group Member
Jon Foreman Group Member
Drew Shirley Group Member
Technical Credits
Neal Avron Programming, Producer, Engineer
Ted Jensen Mastering
Tim Foreman Composer, Cover Design
Chad Butler Composer
John Painter Instrumentation
Switchfoot Programming, Engineer
Mike Elizondo Programming, Instrumentation, Additional Production
Adam Hawkins Engineer
Tim Pagnotta Composer
David Hodges Composer
Eric Owyoung Programming, Instrumentation
Jon Foreman Composer
Sarah Mason Instrumentation
Drew Pearson Composer, Instrumentation
Eric Robinson Engineer
Josh Silverberg Instrumentation
Jared Fox Instrumentation
Jared Swafford Cover Design
Blaine Stark Instrumentation
Austin Blasingame Cover Design
Brandon Zedaker Engineer, Instrumentation
The Foreman Brothers Producer
Tanner Sparks Engineer
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