Nothing Is Sound

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/13/2005
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 828767764221
  • Catalog Number: 77642
  • Sales rank: 17,542

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Lonely Nation (3:45)
  2. 2 Stars (4:20)
  3. 3 Happy Is a Yuppie Word (4:51)
  4. 4 The Shadow Proves the Sunshine (5:04)
  5. 5 Easier Than Love (4:29)
  6. 6 The Blues (5:17)
  7. 7 The Setting Sun (4:24)
  8. 8 Politicians (3:28)
  9. 9 Golden (3:36)
  10. 10 The Fatal Wound (2:44)
  11. 11 We Are One Tonight (4:42)
  12. 12 Daisy (4:18)
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Album Credits

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
Ted Jensen Mastering
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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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Greatest C.D. EVER!!!!

    Nothing Is Sound is Great. The songs all have their own beat to them And That's What I like about this c.d.These songs all have good messages.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    just when you thought Switchfoot couldn't get any better...

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not your average cd

    So this is pretty much the best cd i have ever purchased! If you liked The Beautiful Letdown then you will LOVE Nothing Is Sound! There is not a bad song on this album!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    another great album

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This is the best cd ever!!!!!

    The is the best cd i've ever heard! I've been a switchfoot fan for a year and a half and this is their best cd yet. My favorite song is Easier than Love , but all the other songs come in a close second.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Best Yet

    Hands down, the best Switchfoot album to date. having listened to all their previous cd's extensively, i can honestly say that this one tops all of them off. it's so relieving to see that they've finally found their musical niche. the jamming guitars, keyboards, and percussion mix really well, and is very balanced. i was almost shocked when i heard "politicians", i had never really heard that "hard" of a song by them. and the lyrics are incredible. they really make you think about your values in life. "easier than love" is probably the best example of that. i don't see how switchfoot could get any better than what they've cooked up in "nothing is sound", but that will be their real test, i guess. after 4 former albums, it's amazing what they've com up with. these guys got real talent. and i want more! [personal faves: lonely nation, stars, shadow proves the sunshine, the setting sun, the blues, golden]

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    this is 5 STARS!

    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!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An Awesome CD

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    amazing CD!

    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...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    LOVED IT!!!

    I loved this c.d! it had all the write lyrics! I think Switchfoot is an AMAZING band! Jon has a wonderful voice and the others are very good instramentaly!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Nothing is better!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AMAZING CD

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THE BEST IS YET TO COME AND IT HAS!

    I think that this is the best Switchfoot album....now when's the 6th? This CD is totally worth it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Deep, Innovative, A Song For Every Season.

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    NOTHING IS SOUND!!

    this CD absolutely is awesome. not only the music kills, but the lyrics do to! if you havent heard it yet then get it! my fav song is # 5

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Nothing is Sound: almost a beautiful letdown, but not quite

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A CD WORTH WAITING FOR

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    music to my ears

    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.

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