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