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Since 1996, San Diego’s Switchfoot has has been skillfully crafting rousing, crisp rock, and Fading West is a perfect culmination of that experience and expertise. Frontman Jon Foreman’s formidable songwriting and uplifting lyrics thread through each of the album’s 11 tracks, peppering them with the hope and ruminations that have made the band exemplars of spiritual rock. While Switchfoot deftly deliver characteristic pop standouts like “Let It Out,” Fading West’s crowning achievement is “Ba55”—a song that melds dark, moody atmospherics with twisting, distorted instrumentation and vocals.

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They blew me away live.....

Saw them at Heaven Fest and it was one of the highlights of the day for sure. God moves in their music without the wishy washy Jesus innuendos just to make it "Christian". These guys know how to write a great pop song and have the staying power that puts them truly on the map with other great bands, even in the secular. I don't like a lot of what I hear on Christian radio because it often sounds disingenuine. I like the positivity and the message but the art of the songs gets lost in the "genre". Switchfoot really transcends that stereotypes even if "Becky" likes it. I will likely buy this sight unheard just because I know it is gonna be good. Switchfoot rocks!

Same Identity, New Sound

Switchfoot is my all-time favorite band, and they don't fail to impress me again. Their lyrics are meaningful, their musicality is creative, and you can still hear in these songs that they're passionate about what they do. If you appreciate anything good in this world, you will appreciate this album. Fading West is different than any other Switchfoot album, and that's a good thing. They maintain their identity while exploring new sounds. Well done, gents. Once again, I'm impressed.

Not the Switchfoot I Fell In Love With

I was thrilled to see that Fading West was available on iTunes first play. While listening to the album all the way through for the first time, I waited for that one song to jump out at me with thought provoking lyrics and raw emotion that I've come to know Switchfoot for. However, I'm sad to say that I'm a little disappointed with this album. I feel like Switchfoot has made a huge transition from alt-rock to pop rock, almost comparable to bands like Coldplay. I didn't dislike Fading West, but it was not what I as a long time fan was hoping for. After Vice Verses, I think a lot of Switchfoot fans saw a major change coming in their style. Switchfoot has been my favorite band for 5 years straight and I will continue to be a fan, but Fading West just doesn't reflect the Switchfoot that I fell in love with.


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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