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New Way to Be Human

SwitchfootAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)

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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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 23, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Re: Think
  • ASIN: B00000I92M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,910 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Switchfoot fly out the door, swinging from the first bouncy note of their sophomore LP, New Way to Be Human, proclaiming that having a relationship with Christ is "the only way to be human." Bothers Jon and Tim Foreman on guitar and bass, respectively, are rounded out by Chad Butler on drums, and the multilayered harmonies of these young fellows stir it up like Rembrandts on crusade. Not surprisingly, the band's sincere message coupled with samples, pop whimsy, and clean hummability have already landed them soundtrack tunes on the television shows Dawson's Creek and Party of Five. At the record's center, the acoustic "Let That Be Enough," written and recorded on the eve of Jon's 22nd birthday, eloquently captures the wonder, fear, and hunger for wholeness that all folks coming of age experience. This track is a prayer, which ultimately conveys the essence of New Way to Be Human: in the singer's words, "that Christ's love" will be enough to see him through the threshold of manhood. --Paige La Grone

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This CD is AWESOME March 30, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Who is the best-known alternative Christian band? Good question, I'd probably say DC Talk or Jars of Clay. Who is the best Christian band? Even better question, and I would have to vote for Switchfoot.
Switchfoot's first CD, "The Legend of Chin," is hard to beat. Surprisingly deep lyrics and a very mature sound made it an impressive debut. Their sophomore effort, "New Way to Be Human," definitely kept up the momentum.
Holding on to some of the style that made their first album great, Switchfoot adds a good deal of variety with this new album, showing that they can still write the solemn tear-jerkers like "Don't Be There" (from the first CD), with songs like "Let That Be Enough." They also show how they can still jam with tunes like "Company Car" and "Something More (Augustine's Confession)."
Bottom line - this is an awesome CD. Anyone should enjoy this music, not just Christian alternative fans.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, more Christian music that has it all... November 27, 1999
Format:Audio CD
I know that you're going to read the rest of these reviews and just say that someone is just tipping their hats to a Christian band that manges to sound "not bad", but let me assure you, these guys would rock anyone's house. The artful, firework-like build and burst of "Incomplete" is evidence enough that these men mean business, both with God and with us. Then listen to "Company Car", and hear how bad selling out is from any perspective. Speaking of "Company Car", is it just me, or is that little "hey!" at the end of the first chorus perfect, or what? I digress. This is a mature album that glides through EVERY song accomplishing it's mission: revealing a Christian perspective in an ordinarily extraordinary life that Christ brings. Yet another solid example of Christians outdoing their secular counterparts (Third Day, Audio Adrenaline, Grits, Caedmon's Call, etc.) without selling their message down the river (are we listening, Amy?) Go and buy this now, it's worth it (especially at Amazon's prices).
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Band Deserves Ten Stars!!!!! October 25, 1999
Format:Audio CD
By far my favorite band EVER!!!! This cd explodes with energy, talent, and most importantly, awesome messages about God! Its hard to get that mix but these guys are an awesome example of it. I saw them in concert yesterday and they are even better live if you can believe it! If you are looking for an awesome sound combined with good God messages this cd is it! Their first cd is awesome too so get that one too!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still the best... August 1, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Three great albums later, Switchfoot has yet to eclipse their Sophomore release "New Way to be Human." This is the album that first started raising eyebrows in the music world and rightfully so.

The CD kicks off with "New Way to be Human" a very solid, though explicity Christian, rock tune. If the Christian thing is a turnoff to you, fear not--I am an athiest myself and I think Switchfoot's handling of Christian messages is tasteful, thoughful, and not at all preachy. This is a big contrast to overbearing Christian bands like "DC Talk."

The album continues without lag from beginning to end in such a way that it is hard to distinguish the highlights. The entire album is the highlight! Don't worry about skipping through the album or downloading the wrong songs on ITunes. Just sit back and let it work.

Apart from being the best Switchfoot album, "New..." is probably the most diverse. Track 4 "Company Car," a mockery of material superficiality, comes close to being ska. The next song, "Let that be enough" is one of the rock balad heard on "A Walk to Remember." A few tracks later, they really get experimental in "Amy's Song."

If you get one Switchfoot album, make this the one.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Christian music with a totally modern sound June 28, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Switchfoot is clearly one of the best Christian bands out there, and even one of the best bands overall. The sound of this band is so modern, catchy, and pleasing that you can listen to this CD over and over! Both this CD and the latest album, Learning to Breathe, are excellent works and I would recommend both of them. The first CD, Legend of Chin, has a bit of a different sound (more pop than rock) but it is still a good album. Switchfoot's lyrics are also excellent. They are very well-written and totally Christ-focused, but in a way that is more thought-provoking that preachy. Jon Foreman is an incredible vocalist as well as an incredible guitarist, and his brother Tim is a great backup as the band's bassist. Chad Butler is also a great drummer. Go and buy this CD and Learning to Breathe, because they are truly two of the best Christian CD's made in recent history! No filler, all completely good songs!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PROFOUND! September 12, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I've haven't met anyone who didn't like Switchfoot! Chances are you'll love them too! This album is so deep, when you want to listen to the lyrics. Yet, it is so uplifting and upbeat when you've had a hard day and need a little "lift-me-up." They are the coolest band around! Those of you who think that christian music isn't haven't heard Switchfoot. They are totally ahead of their time! Enjoy this cd!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great subtle, gentle quality; EXTREMELY well-written January 7, 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This sophmore release by Switchfoot hits ALL the right notes and stands as one of the more outstanding modern rock releases in recent memory. This three-man band consists of Chad Butler on drums, Jonathan Foreman providing lead vocals and guitar, and Jonathan's younger brother Tim Foreman on bass and back-up vocals. Jonathan Foreman's lead vocals are excellent. He never hits a bad note, and his somewhat gentle and wistful voice reveals its power in the more louder, upbeat songs, while dreaming up a wonderful poignancy in the slower, more gentler songs. The background vocals are perfect- Great harmonies, never overdone, never overwhelming. Musically, Switchfoot excels in some really original and high-quality song-writing. Very few modern rock bands excel at composing quality faster-driven and slower-tempo songs, but Switchfoot is right there on top. Not only are the melodies strong and catchy, but there are many moments when the songs take you by surprise at where they go but at the same time make complete melodic sense. The depth of the song-writing can be seen in the excellent Sooner Or Later. The distored trumpet in the beginning of the song completely fits the mood of the opening chord sequences and the 'let-it-loose' bridge really makes an strong impact. Another example of the smart song-writing is in the song, Only Hope. The chorus of this song could have been more inventive (melodically) but that would be nitpicking. The strength of this song is in the bridge, as Foreman sings, "At the top of my lungs, I'm giving it back". Very rarely do good lyrics have a melody to dance so perfectly with, but in this phrase, Jonathan Foreman has composed words that are so perfectly expressed in melody, it's eye-opening. The lyrics hit the same level of high-quality that the music does. Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Switchfoot is always fantastic and this is no exception
Switchfoot is clearly a magnetic music group crossing into the secular world for popularity while remaining true to their core religious beliefs. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Wayne J. Villines
5.0 out of 5 stars Another awesome Switchfoot CD!
This is a really good CD. These guys are so creative. You can't help but love this CD. Awesome music, awesome voices. Great lyrics.
Published 24 months ago by Strat Goodhue- Author and publisher
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Sophomore Effort
Switchfoot dogdes the sophomore curse and turns out a very good album! There are four really good songs: The title track, Incomplete, Company Car, and Amy's Song. Read more
Published on November 26, 2009 by D. Christensen
4.0 out of 5 stars Another good work of Switchfoot
I love very much the song "Only Hope" in this album. It reminds of the hope God has promised and the fact that He hears our prayers.
Published on September 14, 2009 by Gracie
5.0 out of 5 stars Earlier Great Music of "pop crossover" Christian Surfer Rock Group...
At bargain basement prices, I decided to work my way back from Switchfoot's 3 recent LP works to their earlier titles and was very pleasantly surprised. Read more
Published on June 6, 2009 by WmTrekkie In Search of True Health, Wellness, & Long Life.
5.0 out of 5 stars Most Wonderful Production By Switchfoot
I've been around this album since it's original release date back in 1999. I still love Switchfoot's New Way To Be Human even today; I'm listening to it right now as I'm writing... Read more
Published on June 12, 2008 by Michael J. Krizik
3.0 out of 5 stars Only fleeting glimpses of greatness
I'd heard of the band way back with their debut LEGEND OF CHIN but I'd kind of forgotten about them until "Meant to Live" exploded at alternative radio. Read more
Published on June 8, 2007 by Greg Brady
4.0 out of 5 stars Their best albulm?
I to have disagree with reviewers who say this albulm is not as good as The Beautiful Letdown. I haven't listned to Switchfoot's two most recent albulms (Oh! Read more
Published on January 23, 2007 by Christopher Fields
5.0 out of 5 stars Another beautiful release from Switchfoot
Having listened to their other album 'The Beautiful Letdown', I decided to buy through their entire collection and I got my monies worth. Read more
Published on June 25, 2005 by Petar Vodogaz
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't expect less from Switchfoot
The more I listen to his one the more I love it. I can't get enough of the songs on this one. It's an awesome addition to the Switchfoot collection. Read more
Published on June 13, 2005 by Billy loves music
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