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On the lead single from their ninth studio album Fading West, Grammy Award-winning alt-rock band Switchfoot look back to a time when they’d just begun to push toward their dreams of bringing their music to the world. Featuring choir-like backing vocals from the band members’ children—as well as the blend of edgy atmospherics and bright, breezy melodies that’s become a ... Read more in Amazon's Switchfoot Store

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  • Audio CD (January 14, 2014)
  • Original Release Date: 2013
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B00FJBYIY4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (151 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,612 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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On the lead single from their ninth studio album Fading West, Grammy Award-winning alt-rock band Switchfoot look back to a time when they'd just begun to push toward their dreams of bringing their music to the world. Featuring choir-like backing vocals from the band members' children-as well as the blend of edgy atmospherics and bright, breezy melodies that's become a hallmark of Switchfoot's emotionally intelligent and uplifting brand of rock- "Who We Are" embodies both a sweetly youthful spirit and the hard-won, highly impassioned joy that comes from triumphing through 17 years as a band. Throughout Fading West-the latest addition to a catalogue that has sold 5.5 million copies worldwide, including 2003's double-platinum breakthrough The Beautiful Letdown and 2009's Grammy Award-winning Hello Hurricane -Switchfoot reflect on their journey while wholeheartedly exploring all the pain and wonder of the present. According to frontman Jon Foreman, hitting that balance required a great deal of rediscovery on the part of the band. "The point became, What are we going to do to push ourselves?'" says Foreman of the earliest stages of Fading West's creation. "Could we take ourselves somewhere we'd never been before, yet achieve a feeling of comfort at the same time? How do we go to a new place that feels like home?"

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With each new album, it is clear the band is progressing musically.
Bryan Kean
I have been listening to them in my car nonstop since I bought the album two days after it came out!
DB
Back To The Beginning Again, a cool song, a really good rapper-upper to the album.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Lunar Boulevard on January 14, 2014
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After an impressive preview EP that gave us a small taste of this album, Switchfoot has at last given us their ninth studio album, Fading West. Preceded by a tour and documentary about the band it should come as no surprise that their passion for their craft and the constant push for connection are as present as ever. What makes this record such a standout is the experimentation present throughout the record, making it one of their most ambitious to date.

"Love Alone Is Worth the Fight" is an atmospheric powerhouse of an opener, propelled forward by a piano in the intro and processed beats and guitar fills during the verses. The expansive nature of the track is refreshing and the bright production rewards those willing to revisit the track with open ears. It's a winner and harkens back a bit to the band's earlier work while expanding on their growth over the past few albums. "Who We Are" continues the trend with its layered vocals and pop sensibilities. There's a very distinct MGMT vibe going on here and it fits the band really well. At first I was a bit confused about what they were trying to do but several listens later I was easily won over.

"When We Come Alive" sounds a bit like "Where I Belong" from Vice Verses, yet it manages to escape being a clone with more processed instrumentation and an expansive chorus. This is a recurring trend throughout Fading West and one that may initially dismay those who yearn for the heavier rock sound of past albums. The atmosphere is more processed, more layered, and features rich textures that give the band a whole new palate to play with. "Say It Like You Mean It" rides a subtle hip-hop beat and Jon Foreman's static-drenched vocals are an interesting touch.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Luke on January 15, 2014
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Bands can come up with catchy rifts or incredible hooks for their songs and have zero to little thought about what goes into their lyrics. Switchfoot, for me, has always been a band that I look towards, not only for musical inspiration, but for life lessons and guidance. The standard for these five guys has always been to produce songs that they believe in so much that they would die singing them and it really shows. I'm thankful that they keep producing great music and have constantly been a positive influence in my life. The album Fading West paired with the documentary Fading West will always be a special memory that I will treasure for the rest of my life.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Smith on January 14, 2014
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Fading West is an album full of anthems that are laced with ambient synths, bouncy guitars, groovy baselines, and powerful drums. Gone are the chunky guitar riffs of Meant To Live, Mess of Me, or even the more recent Dark Horses. Switchfoot has reinvented the way they use their instruments as well as introduced a plethora of new ones. Longtime Switchfoot fans might be reluctant to accept this change, but it would be a shame to pass on this album as it is arguably Switchfoot's most accessible, fun, and energetic album to date.

On the infectiously catchy dance-pop tune "Let It Out" Jon Foreman sings: "From the day we're born / we are scarred and torn / we've been scared to sing out loud / But we don't care no more / `cause we know life is short / and we don't care who hears us now / Breathe it in and let it out". These lyrics are accompanied by an appropriately bouncy guitar and piano. It's the kind of song that puts a smile on your face while simultaneously encouraging you to do something positive with your life.

The sole ballad off the album, "The World You Want", is completely drenched with emotion. It captures despair and hope within the context of our responsibility to the world. "Is this the world you want? / You're making it / Everyday you're alive". Musically, the haunting piano, the epic drums, and the children's choir (the Kuyasa Kids, a group who have lost family from AIDS) all add to the epic and emotional tone of the song.

The album is musically full of strong melodies, catchy hooks, and soaring sing along choruses, and lyrically filled with philosophical thoughts and questions about hope, love, and faith. Possibly the best showcase of this is the epic and intimate "Back to the Beginning".
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bryan Kean on January 15, 2014
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With each new album, it is clear the band is progressing musically. This includes the actual music style to the topics they tackle. If you had the pleasure to see the Fading West film, this album takes on a whole new feeling. At first listen this album sounds less "rock" throughout and more mainstream. This is not a knock at all. The production is clean, more refined "sounding" and in the end a completely different sounding project from Vice Versus. Again in having seen the film I find myself flashing to specific scenes. Each song has an obvious personal attachment to Jon and the guys. From a purely music perspective there are no filler tracks and each song sounds like a stand-alone hit. Switchfoot continues to reinvent itself while staying true to its roots. Fading West clings closer to earlier projects than it's last couple and seems more raw despite its clearly higher production value. This album is enjoyable from start to finish.
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