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Beautiful Letdown
     

Beautiful Letdown

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by Switchfoot
 

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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

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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 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.

Editorial Reviews

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/08/2005
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0827969361726
catalogNumber:
093617

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Performance Credits

Switchfoot   Primary Artist
Tim Foreman   Bass Guitar,Group Member
Jerome Fontamillas   Keyboards,Group Member
Ameena Khawaja   Cello
Stephan Hovsepian   Violin
Jon Foreman   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Chad Butler   Drums,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
Daniel Victor   Composer

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