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Beautiful Letdown [Limited Edition]

Switchfoot Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (375 customer reviews)
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1. Meant To Live
2. This Is Your Life
3. More Than Fine
4. Ammunition
5. Dare You To Move New
6. Redemption
7. The Beautiful Letdown
8. Gone
9. On Fire
10. Adding To The Noise
11. Twenty-four

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Contemporary Christian music has come a long way toward secular acceptance in recent years thanks to the likes of Switchfoot, who avoid obvious sacred references in their lyrics. It's also refreshing to hear CCM songwriters like Switchfoot's Jonathan Foreman explore love and belonging as song subjects. Unfortunately, The Beautiful Letdown hews too closely to the formula established by alternative CCM brethren Jars of Clay and Creed. Songs like the title track and "More Than Fine" come close to forging their own identity, but too often sound overproduced and designed to appeal to the widest audience. Still, Foreman's songwriting shows potential, and his progressive vision for spiritual themes indicates a willingness to color outside the lines. --Matthew Cooke

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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazon Lists Tracks Incorrectly ... Wonderful CD. Aug. 29 2004
Format:Audio CD
Corrected Track list follows:
1. Meant To Live
2. Beautiful Letdown
3. Ammunition
4. More Than Fine
5. Dare You To Move
6. Gone
7. This Is Your Life
8. Monday Comes Around
9. Adding To The Noise
10. On Fire
11. Redemption Side
12. Twenty-Four
The Bonus DVD includes:
Bonus Limited Edition DVD Features:
- Dare You To Move (Video)
- Behind-The-Scenes Interviews/Making Of "Dare You To Move" video (Never Been Released)
- On Fire (Acoustic Performance/Previously Unreleased)
- Switchfootage (Video/Never Been Released To Retail)
- Monday Comes Around (Audio Only/Never Been Released)
- Meant To Live (Live Version/Audio Only/Previously Unreleased)
Note that Track 11 "Redemption Side" is not the same as Switchfoot's track "Redemption" on the original release of Beautiful Letdown, URL: http://www.amazon.ca/exec/obidos/ASIN/B000089IYW/.
These are in fact two quite different tracks.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Daring Effort July 15 2004
By matt
Format:Audio CD
Switchfoot's latest release of their fourth album, "The Beautiful Letdown", is as good as the original release with an illustrative DVD to provide a glance into what makes the music. The album is a beautiful collection of songs that both show a realization of how short, precious, and fulfilling lfe is, and at the same time express the urgency with which we need to live it. The songs are passionate and real. This is a band that after three previous albums secured a loyal fanbase, but a small one. Their latest effort portrays the feeling of anxiousness, that this may be their last shot to make it big and that if their going to do it they have to "live like no tomorrow". With such raw vulnerability and passion so boldly displayed in "The Beautiful Letdown", they finally landed big.
The band members have love for Jesus, but they don't beat you over the head with it. Their faith strengthens their views of what life is, but it isn't the only thing that motivates them to write about it, making it easy for strong believers and non-believers alike to appreciate the harmony they write about.
Finally, the album can speak to all of us, but to the high school/ college students most of all. The messages that "Today will soon be gone", "This is your life", "We want more than this world has to offer", and that we are "Dared to move" give life to the feelings that so many high school graduates have. Those messages also put to rest the fears that our youth and our fun stops at graduation, so long as we continue to "Live like no tomorrow" and "Pick ourselves up off the floor", as noted in "Gone" and the band's best work ever, "Dare You to Move" (previously released on "Learning to Breathe").
This album is an uplifting, passionate, and hope-filled work of art. It is an absoulute must-own
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love this CD July 13 2004
Format:Audio CD
I love this CD. What more could be said?
Meant to Live - great song. I can listen to it OVER and OVER again, and sing it with my friends and make a.... um... "joyful" noise. Sounds better when Jon sings it.
This is Your Life - incredibly powerful message. "This is your life, are you who you wanna be?" Truly inspiring song
More than Fine - about not settling for just being fine. Living life to live, not to just be not dead.
Ammunition - truly well written, shows what a great songwriter Jon Foreman is. I guess if you don't like people screaming at you, you should be a little wary of this song, but you'll learn to love it.
Dare You to Move - another one I sing with my friends and we don't sound so good. Off of the 3rd CD, very inspiring, motivating, thought-provoking song.
Redemption - awesome song, "I've got my hands in redemption's song, Whose scars are bigger than these doubts of mine" pretty self-explanatory.
The Beautiful Letdown - there's that humility again. I love the last part. "What a beautiful letdown, painfully uncool. The church of the drop-outs, the losers, the sinners, the failures, and the fools," describes us perfectly. If we were perfect, we wouldn't need Jesus.
Gone - I really love this song. It's not, "life is short, so do every stupid thing you can before you die," it's "life is short, so don't hold on to the things of this world."
On Fire - could very easily make me cry. "When everything inside me looks like everything I hate, You are the hope I have for change, You are the only chance I'll take." That means so much to me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Switchfoot do it agian!!!! July 11 2004
Format:Audio CD
I become a switchfoot fan. In 2001 with learing to breathe. It was good. Then I didn't get into just yet. All songs where at the slow rocky tone but well done. The I got New way 2B human. The following year. It was good. Total diffiernt thing. I started to get a taste of Switchfoot. Then I got "Legend of Chin" it was great. "Like New way 2B.." But more rockyer. Liked them all but. When This album came out. I thought I wait hear then I'll buy if I like it. I herd bits and loved it. Here a new alternative rock sound. Sort of mixture of differnt sound. Sort of cross between "New way 2B"... and "Learing to Breath". But overious infulances on some songs of other rock bands. Such as Creed, Police, Pearl Jam, & PAX 217. But with total cool sound of thier own. I love there Lyrics on this disc and the music. Then not just on this one but all of them. Then now Switchfoot are at the momment my favorite band. This is fantastic I love alternative music. And this is the best CD I herd in a while. My favorite CD of 2003. Switchfoot Do more rocky tunes . Keyboard and rock with slow rock things. To up beat stuff so meaingful and emtional. I think John Foreman has had great talents from God in Song writting. Switchfoot are a great band. And relly feel he's writtern song that touch some great issues we deal with in our relationship with Jesus. John Foreman is a very talent musian and song writer. I compare with others but this is origianal album. This is differnt one for the everything this band meaingful and differnt. That's I loves so much. Switchfoot are one the great rock bands of our time.
- DF
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Well I should reveal that this is indeed one of the greatest christian hard rock bands from the present times...
Published 14 months ago by Tang T. Yu
4.0 out of 5 stars Love this CD
I love this cd, I love Jon Foreman's voice,
Best songs on the album are Dare You To Move, Beautiful Letdown and On Fire
On Fire is my favourite on the album, it's so... Read more
Published on Sept. 15 2005 by Amanda Jackson
3.0 out of 5 stars not to bad
i like the CD, but i don't love it. i love their song's genre, it's rock/pop. but i think it's a good album to buy...
Published on June 28 2005
5.0 out of 5 stars This is simply marvelous - I can't enough of!!!!
I bought this CD cuz I couldn't get enough of the first single 'Meant to Live'. This disc will be simply remembered by its anthems with a slow dance near the end. Read more
Published on Dec 17 2004 by "skanks"
5.0 out of 5 stars This album isn't a letdown
I got this album yesterday and I love it so much. Switchfoot is one of the best bands. This album is excellent from start to finish. Read more
Published on July 18 2004 by Desiree
5.0 out of 5 stars Switchfoot is the best
I have listened to this CD over and over again. If I were to say the CD was okay, I'd be lying. This CD is one of the best I've heard in a long time and if someone doesn't like... Read more
Published on July 18 2004 by Carissa
5.0 out of 5 stars The best ever
This is the greatest band to get hooked on, with their incredible lyrics and their devotion to the fans. Read more
Published on July 15 2004 by Josh
1.0 out of 5 stars keep your jesus out of my rock!
oh my god, this record is terrible... rock and roll is supposed to be intense, controversial,and socially important. Read more
Published on July 13 2004 by capricorn900@aol.com
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazingly Beautiful
This CD is even better then the first Beautiful Letdown release. It contains a little bit more, plus the songs sound clearer. The bonus DVD is the best part. Read more
Published on July 13 2004 by Janet
3.0 out of 5 stars good album
Awesome cd... the singles seem so overplayed that
it makes me tired of listening to the album ...
but still it's a good album...
Published on July 13 2004
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