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Legend of Chin

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 17, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Re: Think
  • ASIN: B000005KYE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #116,070 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By "wonderboy20" on July 29, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Honestly, this is my favorite cd of all time. A friend of mine bought it at this Christian bookstore. We were playing it in his car and when it finished, I remember thinking there were no mediocre songs. From start to finish every song was great. The first four songs are just fun pop songs like Chem 6A (this song is my inner monologue from college). Home, You, and Don't Be There are more melancholy but very moving ballads. I love how Switchfoot songs can encourage any listener to think. My favorite thing about Switchfoot and this album in particular is the way that they present their message. This is a christian band but they don't try and cram anything down your throat. They simply ask the questions that you probably ask yourself daily and turn around and hint at the answer (check out Life and Love And Why if you've ever wondered about the meaning of life). Christian or not buy this album, you won't regret it.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By "mandapaige33" on June 15, 2004
Format: Audio CD
First off, Switchfoot is my favorite band and I love them to death but i had my doubts that this CD (being their very first album) wouldn't be as awesome as the rest of their records. So Not True!! This is definitely one of my favorite CD's that i own! It's almost as good as "The Beautiful Letdown", which in my mind, is perfect! The songs like "Chem 6A" and "Edge of my Seat" are great catchy and punky songs, but there are some really pretty songs on here too such as "You" and "Don't be there". Switchfoot sounds very mature for their age, they made this album back in 1996! They sound just as good as they do now! I would definitely recommend this CD (as well as "The beautiful Letdown" for new fans of Switchfoot. It's totally worth buying, trust me!!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Brian Lehman on October 28, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Switchfoot is so awesome today because of the incredible start they got with this album. This album is filled with catchy, memorable tunes. All of Switchfoot's albums are must-haves, and this is no exception. From the first song to the last, this CD is very enjoyable. While this isn't the best Switchfoot album (that would be New Way to Be Human), it is still an excellent CD. It has a couple weaker points, but by and large it is a wonderful CD. Several of the overall best Switchfoot songs are on this debut CD, including Chem 6A, Life and Love and Why, and Might Have Ben Hur. There are also several other songs that would be considered if you were making a greatest hits CD (a very hard task indeed). This CD does have a slightly different sound than the others, but it is still just as catchy and enjoyable. Overall, this is a fine CD that is more than worthy of purchase.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Aaron Long on July 3, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Ever since I heard the guitar licks of "Chem 6A" I couldn't shake the sound of Switchfoot's album, "The Legend of Chin." It amazes me how one trio can raise so many difficult questions about life (cf., "You": "there's always something in the way, there's always something getting through... it's not me, it's You"), love (cf., "Ode to Chin": "life's more than girls, God's more than words, you're more than this") and God (cf., "Home": "it's a long way from the shadows in my cave [Plato] up to Your reality"). Acoustic interludes to electric flight make this album interesting and enriching. In one phrase, "A real emotional and intellectual rollercoaster."

ALong
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 19, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I gotta say that driving down the road in high school listening to The Legend Of Chin was as good as it gets. People say that this CD has a different sound and so it isn't as good or something. Don't listen to them, in fact don't associate with them (that was a ill attempt at a joke). These tunes got me through heartaches and kept me encouraged in the great times. Home is by far my favorite song with Concrete Girl and Life and Love and Why coming quickly behind. Hope you enjoy as much as I have.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Justin S. on March 12, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I remember when I first got this CD. I'd ordered it on a whim, having never heard them before. They'd just put it out, a new band. I was in this weird mode where I was mass-ordering CDs by bands I'd never listened to (and in most cases, never even heard of) before. Some were a waste of money, some have stuck with me to this day. Switchfoot is most definately one that stuck, and with a vengeance. They've never put out a single album that I haven't bought and enjoyed thoroughly, and I still listen to each and every one of them, including their first--"The Legend of Chin".

Even from the get-go, you knew Switchfoot was gonna be something special, and if they hadn't put out another album after this one I would have been shocked and disappointed. For a debut, it is above and beyond what you normally get from new bands. There isn't one song on this album that I don't like, not one that isn't catchy, not one I can't relate to. Well-written and sung lyrics, well-written and performed music, they're tight and polished even this early, and they only got better with time.

This isn't my favorite album by them, but don't let that spoil your perception of this review. "New Way To Be Human" (their second release) is quite possibly my favorite, with their newest "The Beautiful Letdown" close behind, but like I said, I enjoy ALL of their albums immensely. Their newfound mainstream appeal has opened the eyes of a lot of new fans, and it's a shame that many don't even realize that Switchfoot has three other incredible albums before "Beautiful Letdown"! If you've heard their new work and haven't discovered their earlier releases yet, do yourself a favor and buy a piece of music history. I've been enjoying them for many years, I hate to think that people have only been enlightened for a mere fraction of Switchfoot's blessed career!
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