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Switchfoot "Fading West"
by Kelcey Wixtrom (cmaddict.com) on 2014-01-14 07:58:48
The concept is a little unorthodox. Pack up your band, hit your favorite surfing spots, and see what music comes to you. But in the case of Fading West, Switchfoot had the perfect recipe in mind for a strong, well-connected album. Fading West nods several times to the ocean and surfing. Common themes neatly tie the album together without making it a concept album. Lead singer Jon Foreman’s voice is solid throughout the album, and his vocals blend seamlessly with the fun, forward-thinking pace of the album. Fading West is a journey of saltwater, emotion, and starting again.

Much in the spirit of past albums, Fading West is a great mixture of crowd pleasers, roll-down-the-car-windows beats, and intricate, deep lyrics. Memorable choruses lead to fun, life-filled melodies. Fear is denied and love is championed. The recurring themes of starting again and starting fresh may be inspiration for those trying to keep their New Year’s resolutions. But this album goes beyond the one month of January and will likely prove to be a key album of 2014.

Several of the tracks on Fading West have notable elements. “Who We Are,” a fun, youthful track full of innocence and sunshine, features a children’s choir made up of the band members’ kids. “Love Alone is Worth the Fight,” the current radio single, debuted as the only song in the history of the Christian Hot AC/CHR chart to be added to every reporting radio station in the first week. “Let It Out” challenges us to go for something big, even if the chance of failure is high. The joy of pursuing a God-given dream can overcome even the worst failure!

Switchfoot has been and will continue to be a strong force in the Christian music world. This new album incorporates some wonderful musical elements in a fresh set of lyrics and ideas. Fading West is long road of finding who you are, learning to love through fear, understanding forgiveness, and starting again.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Genre: Alternative / Rock
Label: Atlantic/Word
Release Date: January 14, 2014
Buy it: Amazon - iTunes

Tracklist:
1. Love Alone Is Worth The Fight 4:33
2. Who We Are 3:24
3. When We Come Alive 3:38
4. Say It Like You Mean It 3:52
5. The World You Want 4:20
6. Slipping Away 3:35
7. BA55 4:40
8. Let It Out 3:19
9. All Or Nothing At All 3:47
10. Saltwater Heart 4:05
11. Back To The Beginning Again 4:18
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