Posted November 04, 2009
The Legend of Chin is where it all started and it was a fine start for the once three-piece band from San Diego. Switchfoot brought a sound to the table that was raw, but also powerful and well presented. The lyrics were not as strong as they are on the albums following them, but in a way I was glad to see that because it has shown progression for Jon Foreman and his writing. Switchfoot has been my favorite band for many years now and they have never disappointed me. From the fun bass line in “Bomb” to the closing echo of “Don’t Be There” Switchfoot brought a sound that showed a lot of promise. The songs are easy to listen to and are also very fun to sing to. My favorite track is “Life and Love and Why”. I thought that lyrically, this was the best song. It asks the question why are we here? What is the purpose of life? It then relates the purpose of life to Jesus and his cause to love everyone. “Chem 6a” is also a very good song. It serves as a wakeup call to America’s youth to stop being lazy and to start living life with a purpose. The guitar line for this song is also very cool. As far as I am concerned, any Switchfoot fan should own this album. For one it shows where they started from and when you listen to their latest albums and the upcoming “Hello Hurricane” you will see the beautiful progression that this band has made. Well done Switchfoot.
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