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Album Review

Switchfoot's tenth studio album, 2016's Where the Light Shines Through, is an exuberant, passion-filled effort that finds the band balancing the many various sounds they've investigated throughout their career. From their early punk-pop days, to the breakthrough anthemic sound of 2003's The Beautiful Letdown, to the '80s-influenced new wave and the electronica of their mid-2000s work, Switchfoot have always found new and divergent ways to translate their catchy, spiritually inspired pop/rock songs. Produced by John Fields (The Beautiful Letdown, Nothing Is Sound, Oh! Gravity.) Where the Light Shines Through is a warm, robust album. Lead singer Jon Foreman has proven himself an ambitious and stylistically far-reaching songwriter who keeps one ear firmly grounded in heartfelt rock balladry, and one ear lightly attuned to the current pop landscape. It's that balance that helps Where the Light Shines Through feel at once like a classic Switchfoot album and one not dissimilar to works by slightly younger acts like JR JR and Foster the People. Based on the funky lead single "Float," one might have expected an album of bass-heavy dance-rock, and there are certainly tracks like that here, including the driving, infectious "If the House Burns Down Tonight" and the punky, Adam Ant-sounding "Healer of Souls." The band also reveal a surprising hip-hop influence, as on the bluesy G. Love-esque "Bull in a China Shop," and the dramatic "Looking for America," featuring rapper Lecrae. Primarily, much of the album soars on Foreman's knack for mixing earnest lyricism and big, catchy choruses as he does on "Shake This Feeling," the buoyant, clubby anthem "When Was the Last Time," and the country-rock-tinged title track. As he sings on "Float," "Turn it up so I can feel it/Loud enough so I can get near it."

Customer Reviews

Huge

Going to be an incredible album.

Fresh.

I've always been a huge fan of musical evolution, as well as appreciative of changing experiences throughout a band's journey. Switchfoot has once again brought forth something new and exciting, while extrapolating the same message they have always conveyed. Where the Light Shines Through is a vibrant melody sung out in spite of pain. Although, generally more pop-ish, it maintains its westcoast vibe - songs like "Float" make you feel like you're at a concert on the beach, with the sun setting at your back. "Bull in a Chinna Shop" feel much more inter-city - like an anthem sung out on a street corner in L.A.

All together, I like this album. It's a lot different than I have ever heard from switchfoot, while still remaining similar in simple, but profound ways. Classic Switchfoot... Always changing it up on us.

Great Album

This is easily Switchfoot's best since "Hello Hurricane". It's been cool to see Switchfoot's progression, both musically and spiritually. This album certainly displays an evolution in their sound, while remaining undeniably Switchfoot.

Biography

Formed: 1996 in San Diego, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

After gaining a foothold in the contemporary Christian music scene, Switchfoot went mainstream with 2003's The Beautiful Letdown, a double-platinum album that straddled the line between sacred and secular rock music. Years before Switchfoot's commercial breakthrough, though, the group struggled to make a dent in the San Diego area, where singer/guitarist Jonathan Foreman, bassist Tim Foreman, and drummer Chad Butler began playing together in 1996. The lineup logged several shows under its original...
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