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Nothing Is Sound

SwitchfootAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (264 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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  • Audio CD (September 13, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000CDG5AY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (264 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,808 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Lonely Nation
2. Stars
3. Happy Is A Yuppie Word
4. The Shadow Proves The Sunshine
5. Easier Than Love
6. The Blues
7. The Setting Sun
8. Politicians
9. Golden
10. The Fatal Wound
11. We Are One Tonight
12. Daisy

Editorial Reviews

Switchfoot is the classic eight-year "overnight success" story. With a pocketful of radio hits, award nominations, and multi-platinum status, the band's Beautiful Letdown in 2003 introduced Switchfoot to a whole new world. But let's keep in mind that prior to the massive success, the San Diego-based band honed its chops with constant touring and three solid independent albums. Nothing Is Sound lives up to expectations with plenty of guitar-driven alternative rock bound to keep everyone happy. And that is the irony here as lead man Jon Foreman continues to sing about loneliness, alienation, and disenchantment in the land of plenty. "Lonely Nation," "Stars," and "The Fatal Wound" paint a bleak picture of a generation gripped by greed but remaining unsatisfied. Yet with every dark stroke, Foreman casts an eye toward a brighter tomorrow with hopeful lines like "I don't believe the emptiness/I'm looking for the kingdom coming down" in "Happy Is A Yuppie Word" and "Though the world is flawed these scars will heal/We are one tonight" in "We Are One Tonight." Foreman's ever-improving songwriting is enhanced by rich, lush production and a driving rhythm section of bassist Tim Foreman and drummer Chad Butler. Newer members Jerome Fontamillas (keys) and Andrew Shirley (guitars) fill out the empty spots well, giving Switchfoot a shimmering sonic glow on this superb release. This is another leap forward for one of rock's most promising bands. --Michael Lyttle

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96 of 99 people found the following review helpful
I'd just like to say, that if you're thinking of buying this CD to put in your computer... don't. Go to the "DualDisc" CD of Nothing is Sound... bacause the DualDisc DOESN'T have the CopyProtection.

Another thing... don't think that Switchfoot did this on purpose. On the band's website forum, Tim Foreman (bassist for Switchfoot) spoke out:

"Hello friends,
my heart is heavy with this whole copy-protection thing. Many PC users have posted problems that they have had importing the new songs (regular disc only, not the dual disc) into programs such as Itunes. Let me first say that as a musician AND as a music fan, I agree with the frustration that has been expressed. We were horrified when we first heard about the new copy-protection policy that is being implemented by most major labels, including Sony (ours), and immediately looked into all of our options for removing this from our new album. Unfortunately, this is the new policy for all new major releases from these record companies. It is heartbreaking to see our blood, sweat, and tears over the past 2 years blurred by the confusion and frustration surrounding this new technology. It is also unfortunate when bands such as ourselves, Foo Fighters, Coldplay, etc... (just a few of the new releases with copy protection) are the target of this criticism, when there is no possible way to avoid this new industry policy.

For mac users these songs should import seamlessly. We are told that itunes is coming out with a new version for PC users in early November that will be compatible with all of these new CD's but in the meantime it's frustrating for all of us. That said, there are a number of solutions (as is always the case with these types of things) for importing the CD into your itunes and ipod.
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137 of 151 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Installs Software You May Not Want On Your PC November 3, 2005
By godgib
[Opinion] - This is part of the new Sony DRM scheme. It installs eXtended Copy Protection on your system and hides various files that are difficult to remove. These files also allow any Malware or nefarious code to hide themselves as well if they start with $sys$.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fifth Release... One Amazing Comeback September 14, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Heavier guitars and a more complete sound are the things that differentiate this album from their first four (Ode to Chin, New Way To be Human, Learning to Breathe, The Beautiful Letdown). Althought the group carries a distinctive sound, no two CDs are alike... and the songs are as varied as your tastes. Truly, there's something for everyone.

A much more mature sound with a familiar flavor, Switchfoot has created another unbelievable album. Frontman Jonathan Foreman's unique voice add the topping to this musical treat that will surely have you bobbing your head with the drum's beats, singing with the melodies and pondering the message.

The different songs on this album were mixed in different places, demonstrating the variety that it contains... and true to that, you can hear the diference from one song to another. The sound is unbelievable; complete, thick and full. The cruch of the guitars, the base lines, the simple, yet distictive beats give life to the entirety of the album.

To talk about each song is to take the album out of context. Each song is it's own individual creation and, in it's own way, becomes a section of the masterpiece that runs screaming towards your ears. This album most definately has some flavor of their last album, and still manages to surprise. If you liked the last album, then this is a must.

Again, Switchfoot releases another album worthy of worldwide recognition. This is one of those albums that will not leave your stereo.

Keep an eye out for Switchfoot's latest release, "Oh! Gravity"... out on December 26th. Hear their new stuff on their myspace or on iTunes. Enjoy!
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Buy the DualDisc instead November 3, 2005
By M. Reid
I love Switchfoot and have for a long time but if you want this album, buy the DualDisc instead (like I am) so that you can avoid Sony's Trojan Horse Rootkit software that's installed secretly as a Windows Driver without your permission, permanently degrades your PC performance and removes your PC's CD drive if you try to uninstall it.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
The Good

"Lonely Nation" combines percussive effects and acoustic guitar picking to set its background. Vocalist Jonathan Foreman fills in the foreground with smooth flowing vocals and one heck of a catchy chorus. With the groups first single "Stars", the music changes from the previous acoustic tones to driving distorted riffs. It's on this track that you start to realize the spirituality in the group's songwriting (that's why I avoided the word `hell' earlier). "The Shadow That Proves the Sunshine" has a lot of U2 qualities to it. The instrumentation is subtle is takes second billing to the emotional and pleasing vocals. As the track progresses the band's instruments come more and more into play.

"Easier Than Love" takes a strong social stand as Foreman explains how sex is used to sell everything from cars to magazines. The song's underline meaning is that sex is less about love in our modern times. If you're someone that doesn't look for meaning and messages in your music, the guitar riffs and song arrangement is just as pleasing and memorable. A piercing riff kicks off "Politicians", a song that could make sense no matter when it was released. Switchfoot dreams of a nation without political figures pushing their own agenda. The acoustic guitar tones on the inspirational up-tempo ballad "Golden" are just as enjoyable as the multi-harmonized chorus section.

The Bad

Nothing notable

The Verdict

Although Switchfoot's music is embedded with spirituality, it doesn't matter where you stand on the subject. The group still delivers a solid album with songs that rock out, are sad and melancholy, and are sincere and loving.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I have always loved Switchfoot: ) I have been listening to them ...
I have always loved Switchfoot :) I have been listening to them since I was a small child :) Nothing Is Sound is an epic album!! :)
Published 9 days ago by Racheljoy Conti
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love it and every song is great
Published 1 month ago by DB
1.0 out of 5 stars I pointless purchase
I have no idea if this album is any good or not as it won't play on any device I own. The suggestion to buy a different version of the same album is too little too late. Read more
Published 1 month ago by John Gibson
4.0 out of 5 stars Ecclesiastes Put to Music
"Everything is meaningless/I want more than simple cash can buy"

Jon Foreman has never been one to shy away from the tough issues, even the dark corners of the human... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Lunar Boulevard
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Switchfoot, so It's good!
I've always been a Switchfoot fan, and this album does not disappoint. Good lyrics and interesting music are the hallmark of any good Switchfoot recording. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Sheila M. Warner
There's a reason why some songs are hits and some are misses
Use this as a guideline......... if a song is, played on the radio a lot, chances are a lot of people like the... Read more
Published 13 months ago by dg
5.0 out of 5 stars Switchfoot is AWESOME!
One of my all-time favorite bands. These guys know how to kick it, with great messages to boot. IMHO they've never put out anything less than great albums. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Gospel Good
Great band! I didn't realize that it was gospel till I read about it.
It's really a great rock band!
Published 23 months ago by antaug
5.0 out of 5 stars Switchfoot - can't go wrong
This album is another great work by a great band. Best live show in the business! Stars is an incredible song! If you like Switchfoot already, this is a great addition. Read more
Published on March 11, 2012 by Susan E. Gorel
5.0 out of 5 stars Switchfoot goes dark?! You don't say???
Get the Dualdisc version of this CD as many, many people have complained that the normal one installs nasty stuff on your computer. Read more
Published on August 26, 2011 by "Letsgo2thestars"
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