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New Way to Be Human

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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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  • 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 (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #142,370 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By A Customer on March 30, 1999
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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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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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By A Customer on October 25, 1999
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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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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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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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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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