Switchfoot "Where The Light Shines Through"
by Michael Tackett (CMADDICT ) on 2016-06-03 17:47:07

With 9 records under their belt, Switchfoot is about to launch their 10th album.10. Double digits. In the music world, this is big news. To put in perspective The Beatles (U.S releases) and U2 both have released 13 records. Switchfoot isn’t far from these numbers. We have to take a moment and acknowledge that these guys have not only released 9 records but 9 great records. Each record had its own sound and theme. Each one coming in a time in life where we needed good music. This summer will be no different.

Where The Light Shines Through starts off with the electric “Holy Water” and reggae/pop filled “Float”. Both keep the mood upbeat and that upbeat feeling really lasts throughout the entire record even on the tracks that deal with difficult issues. The title track, for example, is uplifting musically but talks about one's internal wounds.

The highlight of the record is the vulnerable/honest “The Day That I Found God”. Lyrically it is one of the most faith-filled tracks Switchfoot has ever released. Jon Foreman, a superb lyricist (as well as the rest of the band), walks through different feelings and insecurities that led him or shows him who God is. Towards the end of the song he reveals “I find grace with a man that I am not”. It’s a chilling ending where we all know what he is saying without him actually saying it. And that's what makes Switchfoot stand above the rest. They take lyrics and sacred matters seriously. When Foreman belts out a line like that it comes across whole heartily genuine and the result is a very moving experience.

Switchfoot is a rare commodity in the Christian Music industry. (Music in general) Their respect for music and the sacred is something that is proven with each release. Where The Light Shines Through is electric and musically uplifting while still tackling everyday issues/questions we encounter. Foreman sings in “Bull in A China Shop” “What are you waiting for…. the future’s here.”. What a bright one it is.

Rating: 5 out of 5

Genre: Alternative Rock
Label: Vanguard Records
Release Date: July 8, 2016
Buy it: Amazon - iTunes

Holy Water
Where The Light Shines Through
I Won’t Let You Go
If The House Burns Down Tonight
The Day That I Found God
Shake This Feeling
Bull In A China Shop
Live It Well
Looking For America (featuring Lecrae)
Healer of Souls
Hope Is The Anthem


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