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Nothing Is Sound

Nothing Is Sound

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by Switchfoot

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With over two million copies sold of their 2003 breakthrough Beautiful Letdown, Switchfoot have finally found the universal audience they've been searching for since 1999's New Way to Be Human. Their CCM inspirations had always been more curious than self-righteous -- "We're all in this together, Jonathan Foremanwould sing in


With over two million copies sold of their 2003 breakthrough Beautiful Letdown, Switchfoot have finally found the universal audience they've been searching for since 1999's New Way to Be Human. Their CCM inspirations had always been more curious than self-righteous -- "We're all in this together, Jonathan Foremanwould sing in his lyrics, "so let's figure out what it all means" -- and on Letdown, those impulses meshed ably with slick post-grunge guitars and the production of John Fields. It's the same formula on Nothing Is Sound, Switchfoot's 2005 effective, but too calculated follow-up. Fields is back in the producer's seat, and Foreman is still striving to separate honesty from commodities and find a place for his soul to stand up straight. On songs like "Blues," "Shadow Proves the Sunshine," and "Happy Is a Yuppie Word" his vocals mix Bono's plaintive wail with the laconic surfer drawl of fellow Southern Californian Mark McGrath. He conveys his passion for key topics like life, death, sex, and redemption. But Foreman's also careful not to lose that laid-back edge, so we know there's still an easygoing beach kid under that washed-out blonde mane. Together with Foreman, Switchfoot succeeds incredibly well with this meaningful innocuousness. Vestiges of Nirvana remain in their melodic crunch, but there's no teeth, and nothing threatening. Instead the wrangled yells and lurching notes of "Politicians," "Lonely Nation," and "Easier Than Love" are balanced by hopeful verses, tinkling programming, and layers of airy reverb. With Nothing Is Sound Switchfoot have realized that with universal success comes being all things to all people. So they're prayerful -- "Please Lord don't look the other way...Shine on me," goes "Shadow Proves the Sunshine" -- but they're also just plain likeable, giving "We Are One Tonight" the easygoing flair of the Gin Blossoms. Foreman probes the big issues with a personal touch, his band keeps the beat steady and true, and it sounds like nothing and everything at the very same time.

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Performance Credits

Switchfoot   Primary Artist
Tommy Barbarella   Strings
Todd Cooper   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Andy Sturmer   Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
Tim Foreman   Group Member
Chad Butler   Group Member
Ken Chastain   Percussion
Andrew Shirley   Group Member
Jerome Fontamillas   Group Member
Joel Hosler   Choir, Chorus
Jimmy Coup   Choir, Chorus
Kuyasa Kids   Vocals
Rachel Masen   Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
Chris Westlake   Strings
Jon Foreman   Group Member

Technical Credits

John Fields   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Steven Miller   Engineer
Tim Foreman   Composer
Ryan Nichols   Engineer
Dorian Crozier   Engineer
Justin Clark   Art Direction
Chris Testa   Engineer
Nessim Higson   Cover Art,Original Cover Artwork
Helmut Meijer   Engineer
Jon Foreman   Composer

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Nothing Is Sound 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely LOVE this CD. It's the music I grab for anyday and anytime. Props to the Switchfoot guys for another amazing album. It's edgy, it's deep, it's driven rock. It's great!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The new Switchfoot album is their best yet. From the rock songs to the pop songs this album truly tops the charts. Everyone shoould go out and buy it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Nothing Is Sound was always going to be a hard act to follow after The Beautiful Letdown, but I was really surprised that they have created another brilliant album. Again each song on the album is really good - not like other bands who just chuck whatever songs on there. My personal favourites are 'Daisy', 'We Are One Tonight' and 'The Shadow Proves The Sunshine'. The album showcases Jon's great songwriting abilities while still delivering a message. As Jon said 'this is music that counts', it has a message and isn't just noise. So get it! You won't regret it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is by far their best CD to date. Each song is unique and as great as the next. For once I can go through a CD without skipping through a not so great song. I am able to listen to this CD whenever and to any song. The messages in these songs are all true to date and we can all get something out of them.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Switchfoot has seriously stepped up their game with this new album. I was worried that The Beautiful Letdown was just to good to be topped. But boy, not only did Switchfoot top TBL, they left it in the dust. I can't get enough of these explosive songs. I've been playing NIS, cranked on my stereo for the last 3 hours! It's so addictive. And when I'm not listening to the rockin' tracks, I'm watching the making of NIS on the other side of my dual dics. I love Lonely Nation, it's an awesome tune. I love this album. And I love to lose myself in it. -patty
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is amazing. These guys are really musicians. Any of you out there who play an instrument, would have to agree these guys can do some amazing things with their instruments. They have true talent. Plus these guys really know how to put their feelings down into words. All their songs are so insightful. And I think that everyone would love this CD
Guest More than 1 year ago
Switchfoot is still reeling from their two big hits "meant to live" and "dare you to move" and this new cd, Nothing is Sound, is their first attempt at striking gold more than once. Some would think that Switchfoot is only out to make a Beautiful Letdown 2, but suprisingly, this cd is completely different, yet still the same. The boys from Cali shine on practically shine on every track, save for "The Shadow Proves the Sunshine", only because it never really gets to its full potential. After 8 years and 5 albums, the guys are able to rock out and still provide poignant and spiritual lyrics. All in all, Nothing is Sound is no Beautiful Letdown, but it still is a must-have in every music lover's library
Guest More than 1 year ago
Let me just say that Switchfoot is an amazing band. This cd is by far the greatest yet. (But, I loved the others too!) My favorite single on this album is Stars. Check it out!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think that this is the best Switchfoot album....now when's the 6th? This CD is totally worth it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this CD is awesome!!! Switchfoot has done it again w/ writing some awesome songs... the songs are very well written so that everyone can relate to them...
Guest More than 1 year ago
Switchfoot is at it again! I urge you to purchase the new fifth studio album, Nothing is Sound. Each track on the album has something to offer, and whether your into Rock or Pop this album is great for you. Switchfoot's music is for all to listen to and they relate to each of us. They are Christian and their lyrics do give us a sense of Faith, but only if you listen for the message. For the following I provided a tracklisting and my ratings and thoughts on the songs: 1. Lonely Nation (4 out of 5 stars) Powerful record. Has all the elements, and the guitar on this track is awesome. One of the key songs. 2. Stars (6 out of 10) Not my number one choice for a first single, but catchy and uplifting. Good guitar riff too. 3. Happy Is A Yuppie Word (9 out of 10) Do not be mislead by the title. This track is amazing. it was inspired by a Bob Dylan interview. Worth a listening. The title song of the album. Amazing. 4. Shadow Proves The Sunshine (10 our of 10) One of my absolute favorite songs on the album. A song for the desperate and lost. Absolutly wonderful. 5. Easier Than Love (8 our of 10) Another amazing guitar riff. Lyrics are really powerful, take a listen. 6. The Blues (10 out of 10) Another amazing favorite. More of a slow rock tune. Not harsh like some others, but very amazing lyrics and quality. A song about how beautiful a day it would be when the world caves in. 7. The Setting Sun (6 out of 10) Good song. Kind of Pop. Not one of my favorties. 8. Politicians (8 out of 10) Not a song about politics! Very powerful theme. Very rock. 9. Golden (9 out of 10) Very good tune. Kind of rock, kind of pop. Wonderful lyrics, kind of surrene and it flows. (^If that makes sense) 10. The Fatal Wound (7 out of 10) an ok song. Not a favorite, but good to listen to. And the harmonica kind of adds to the theme, and the chorus mixes well. Good quality. 11. We Are One Tonight (9 out of 10)Rock tune. Powerful message. I love the chorus. This couldmake a good next single. 12. Daisy (8 out of 10) Very power song, the song begins slow and calm but escalates to so much more. Very good tune to end an amazing album. ^Not sure if my review helped. I hope it gave you a little preview. Basically Switchfoot combined their unique music style with their meaningful amazing lyrics that create a grreat album with amazing songs. The album is worth the buy! Go out and purchase one of the best albums of the year.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Just when you thought Switchfoot couldn't get any better, along comes their album, Nothing Is Sound! Their songs are GREAT and sincere. I love Jon's voice and I like the way Tim plays bass and Chad's drumming style. Nothing Is Sound just screams "Switchfoot" as you can see from the honesty of the lyrics and the sound of their music. I loved all the songs, but my overall favorite was Stars, it was just a GREAT song. This is truly a must-buy, and I think it's the best CD there is!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great album! It is very truthful about the world oday, filled with a bunch of great music! It is very deep, and you have to listen to it a couple of times to get the true meaning.
Guest More than 1 year ago
hey ppl i loved this cd its sweet. Dont think twice buy it its kool very relaistic, it has to do with life.. i luv this type of music. My fav songs Politians, Stars and easier than love well actually i like all of em.. hehe
Guest More than 1 year ago
Nothing Is Sound is definitely one of Switchfoot's best! It's filled with the same great Switchfoot sound, while at the same time has a different, almost more 'mature', less 'pop-py' feel. The lyrics are sincere and encompass a variety of issues with an awesome sound. I definitely recommend this album!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Much like in their last album The Beautiful Letdown, Switchfoot brings meaningful lyrics and catchy beats with Nothing Is Sound. The rock anthem Lonely Nation sees the desperation of our society and longs for more. Easier Than Love laments how sex has become trivialized and commercialized. This album covers a variety of topics, but the general theme seems to be the broken state of the world and the hope of something better. The music itself varies greatly, with different instrumentation and styles for each track, but every song is signature Switchfoot.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The sound and lyrics are amazing! It's exactly what you would expect from a band like Switchfoot. They're not afraid to go against the majority or speak the truth which is why their fans love them :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
Switchfoot has done it again...another awesome CD! "Nothing is Sound" is a 'must-have' CD and is a great addition to anyones collection. This CD has all the qualities that make it a CD you'll listen to over-and-over again!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this cd i would have to say is well developed...switchfoot has done it again, sharing what they have a passion for (MUSIC)i love the fact that the songs just transition from one song to the next, leaving you wanting more and more...I would have to say that my favorite song as of now is "Politician" but i also love the one line in Happy is a Yuppie Word - "empty as an arguement" the songs are profound and you can see these men are skilled...cant wait till the next cd drops
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of their best CD's! I totally recommend that everyone, even if you haven't heard Switchfoot before, pick up a copy! The clever lyrics and catchy tunes make it an awesome record.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I give it five stars because the music is all good just like before and they don't lose focus of the key ideas in the music. Switchfoot has always been a great band but they really hit the nail on the head this time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Stars is absolutely one of my favorite songs of the Year.. this whole CD truely rocks, and takes Switchfoot to a new level, and i'm sure fans will help bring the Glory of Christ to new levels of greatness!! Get this CD - it rocks!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is by far the best album that I have ever heard in my entire life. Not just by Switchfoot, but in the history of music. The combination of Jon Foremans voice, lyrics and honest emotion leaves me absolutely breathless. Switchfoot is so aware of our world and puts it into song so beautifully. The honesty and the purity of their songs is absolutely incredible. Songs like The Blues will definitely open your eyes while songs like Golden will inspire you. Buying this album will be one of the best decisions you will make.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have every Switchfoot album, this one beats them ALL by FAR! The last one was a great mix of contemporary pop and rock, the lyrics were truthful, yet more playful. This album has an indie feel with the acoustic guitar, keyboard, and awesome drums. The lyrics themselves are the best I have heard come from Jon Foremans mouth. If you don't have this album, YOU NEED TO GET IT!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Switchfoot's latest album, Nothing Is Sound, is music to my ears. As a long-time fan of the band, I was not disappointed when I heard this new CD. I have always enjoyed the thought-provoking lyrics found on past Switchfoot CDs, and Nothing Is Sound is no exception. While some of the songs' lyrics, as well as the mood of the songs themselves, are darker than most on Switchfoot's last album, The Beautiful Letdown, they are not so dark as to be depressing or out of place on this album. They will get you thinking if you let them. But don't get me wrong, this is still a great rock record that I find myself singing along to often! I highly respect the guys of Switchfoot for attempting to break us out of our comfort zones and into something other than what the world is trying to shove down our throats through this 12 song journey. The music is highly enjoyable, and the timing is just right.