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The highly anticipated sixth album from Switchfoot, contains 12 new tracks written by the band an produced by Tim Palmer (Tin Machine, Pearl Jam, The Cure, Mother Love Bone, U2) & Switchfoot with Grammy winning executive producer Steve Lillywhite. The new album expands Switchffot's sonic palette while at the same time dealing with social issues on songs like the alt-country blues of 'Dirty Second Hands,' in which Jon Foreman sings of the dehumanization that comes with technology. Other politically motivated tracks include 'Oh! Gravity' the title track's generational appeal for love, peace and understanding, 'American Dram,' with its biting truth, 'Awakening,' about trying to recover the innocence of a child in the midst of an ever harsher reality, the sawing alt-country of 'Head Over Heels,' the exotic instrumentation and Middle Eastern flavor of 'Circles,' the REM-esque pulse of '4:12', the lush Brit-pop melodies of 'Yesterdays,' the Echo and the Bunnymen/Smiths influenced 'Burn Out Bright' and Motown sound of 'Amateur Lovers.'

With Oh! Gravity, the San Diego-based modern rock act delivers their best album in years, one that fully reconciles their (Christian) faith with their (considerable) talent. It's diverse but not overly so, and while the production work of veteran Tim Palmer (U2, Tears for Fears) helps provide a radio-friendly sheen atop everything, it's actually their least compromised/mainstream sounding record since the group left the indie scene. From the chiming, revved-up, anthemic title song, which pairs compressed vocals with distorted guitars, to the moody and mildly schizophrenic single "Dirty Second Hands," this album is loud and dirty, the lyrics are thoughtful and plaintive. Lead singer/songwriter Jon Foreman clearly questions the meaning of the band's success, and the role they play in the scheme of things: "Like a puppet on a monetary string/Maybe we've been caught singing/Red, white, blue, and green/But that ain't my American dream." If only Switchfoot's conscience could be implanted in the bodies of other modern rock acts! The world might not necessarily be a better place, but the radio certainly would be. --Mike McGonigal

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Oh! Gravity.
  2. American Dream
  3. Dirty Second Hands
  4. Awakening
  5. Circles
  6. Amateur Lovers
  7. Faust, Midas, And Myself
  8. Head Over Heels (In This Life)
  9. Yesterdays
  10. Burn Out Bright
  11. 4:12
  12. Let Your Love Be Strong

Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 26, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000KC6T0S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,777 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 14, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I'm an older (almost, gulp, 40) pop, indie, alternative music fan who came across a great pop song on the radio titled "Stars." Bought it on iTunes, enjoyed it. By this band called "Switchfoot."

I recently saw a new album by Switchfoot on Amazon (released on my birthday, Dec. 26th!) and thought, what the heck, let's see if there are any good "Stars"-like songs on it. Digressing, I appreciate solid albums (yeah, 10-12 songs long) that don't force you to skip songs and provide an emotional ride (haven't had many of those since the peak of U2, R.E.M., Coldplay, Radiohead, etc.). To say the new Switchfoot album was a complete surprise is the understatement of the decade. And then I found out they were a "Christian" band (I love labels) and I was like, really? Don't care one way or the other, because this is an awesome rock/pop whatever-you-want-to-label-it album.

Partial credit must go to Steve Lillywhite - he has this knack of getting the most pop (yeah, I like pop songs - sue me) out of rock bands, while keeping the emotional strengths and solid musicianship. Look at Dave Matthews Band - their first three albums (love em or hate em) are incredible pop rock albums with emotion to boot. Nothing they have done since ditching Mr. Lillywhite have been nearly as good. So, even though I have not heard Switchfoot's catalog, I must give credit in part to Mr. Lillywhite for the incredibly pleasant surprise that is "Oh! Gravity."

Enough blathering - every song has something interesting about it, whether it be soaring guitars (the build up to and chorus of "Head Over Heels"), awesome singing (screaming in "Oh!
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Eric Wilson on December 27, 2006
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I first saw Switchfoot when they were riding on the underground success of their single "Chem 6A." They were young, full of energy, playful, yet with serious undertones to their lyrics. That seriousness became more evident with each of the following albums. They showed maturity and skill that went beyond the average garage band, and "Learning to Breathe" proved to me that this was a group that would rise to the top. Then, with "Nothing is Sound," their darker side became ponderous. I liked the album, but understood why many revolted.

"Oh! Gravity" doesnt' find Switchfoot backing down from their sound or style, but it does show a leap forward in musical texture and in lyrics that question without floundering in the depths too long. The more I listen, the more I find to like. Songs that didn't grab me at first are now the ones I spin through again.

If the artsy simplicity of the cover isn't a signal of new things, then be prepared for a group that is taking it to another level. From guitar riffs, to vocals, to layers of sound, this is an album that belongs on the list of the year's best.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By The Reviewer on December 26, 2006
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It's been three years since Switchfoot burst onto the mainstream scene with "The Beautiful Letdown", a record which went double-platinum and produced multiple radio hits, namely the rock anthems "Meant To Live" and "Dare You To Move". In 2005, Switchfoot followed up with "Nothing Is Sound", a noticeably darker and moody project which, strangely enough, was recorded entirely on the road despite the tight-sheen finish of the production. NIS received more mixed reviews, some criticizing it for being too "safe" and too reminiscent of the breakthrough TBL. While I rather enjoyed their latest outing, Nothing Is Sound was not very accessible: the dark subject matter grows thin on the listener after a time. While it's a great album to "rediscover" if you are in a fitting mood, it's not something you can listen to at any time.

With "Oh! Gravity", listeners concerned with predictability or accessibility can check their worries at the door. In their latest release, Switchfoot thunders back with a product that is at once ambitious and friendly. The new sound is a fusion of the upbeat and quirky "old Switchfoot" (pre-TBL days) with the hard rocking and existential pondering of the latter days, the result being a perfect blend of familiar rock with indie experimentation. Lead singer and songwriter Jon Foreman hones his already noteworthy craft by providing fresh looks at Switchfoot's Modus operandi: offering thought-provoking looks at (and criticisms of) materialism, consumerism, and complacency while maintaining a spiritual (though never preachy) bent. Foreman further flexes his creative muscles by introducing some fresh concepts into the songs.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By K. Ang on December 26, 2006
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Track One Oh! Gravity. : This has been in my 25 Most Played Songs since I've purchased the single months ago. The song almost captures their vivacious personalities during their live performances...but then of course nothing can really be as good as a live performance than actually being at one of their shows.
Fave. line from the song: "In the fallout, the fallout the hype won't get you through. Connected, connected I meant it the hype won't get you through."

Track Two American Dream : The song spoke volumes to me, the play on words were fun and it really has a great guitar riff towards the end. I was lucky enough to have seen them perform this song live and this song had automatically became one of my favorite new songs.
Fave. line from the song: "And talk has always been the cheapest thing. Is it true would you do what I want you to do? If I show up with the right amount of bling? like a puppet on a monetary string."

Track Three Dirty Second Hands : Another song that had been on my list of 25 Most Played Songs. It has such a great vibrancy and such a different tone to it that it got my attention as soon as I heard the song. I love the guitar that Jon used when he played this at the concert (Oh! Gravity Tour '06)
Fave. line from the song: "Are you really as tough as you think you blink and you're over the brink. You bleed but your blood runs pink."

Track Four Awakening : This song had an effect on me like Only Hope, On Fire, and The Shadow Proves the Sunshine did. The songs mentioned have a special place in my heart in that, those songs made me realize where I am, what point I am at in my life. From beginning to the end and back, this song by far is one of my favorite tracks that this talented quintet had ever written, recorded and performed!
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Solid Album, not their best
This one takes more listens to sink in, true, but when it does, i think it ends up being better than their previous efforts. Certainly the lyrics carry a lot more weight.

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