Fading West is an excellent rock/pop album which sees Switchfoot depart somewhat from guitar led mid tempo rock anthems. Instead, this surf documentary movie soundtrack offers a mix of sounds from world music and contemporary pop while maintaining unmistakable sound of Switchfoot through Jon Foreman's lyrics and delivery. Highlights are All or nothing at all, saltwater heart and love alone is worth the fight. I was hoping for another nothing is sound or hello hurricane experience and was initially disappointed with this album. After a week though, I'm hooked by it and can't turn it off.
Switchfoot continue to reinvent themselves with every album they produce, but unlike many other bands, they still manage to maintain their identity, values and meaning in their musical style and lyrics.
This album has a more up-beat pop feel than most of their previous albums and as a person who typically prefers a rockier sound, i was worried i might be disappointed. However these 5 guys produce music that transcends genre - they just cant seem to do wrong.
Buy this album, listen to it from start to finish and you wont regret it. If you do, i suspect you may be deaf.
Solid return to form from Switchfoot. Found the EP a little disappointing, but this album is far better than the EP would suggest with "When We Come Alive" and "Back to the Beginning Again" two particular highlights in my opinion.
The album as a whole has a real tone of celebration and excitement about it...I guess inspired by all the travels the band has been on. But that is really evident throughout the whole album. It's all brilliant!
This album is fantastic, one of Switchfoot's best. Its completely different from the previous album Vice Verses, but also oddly similar. My personal favourite is 'When we come alive' but also 'Fading West' and 'Against the voices' also run me close. Highly recommended, though you may have to buy the next album, the Edge of The Earth, to really appreciate the depth of this album. Highly recommended.