Switchfoot: Where the Light Shines Through

2016 finds Jon and Tim Foreman in fine form for their tenth album. Funk, hip-hop, and gospel music flourishes take their usual U2-influenced guitar pop into unexpected directions and surprising time signatures. The lyrics promoted general theism and spirituality (“Life is short. I want to live it well, and you’re the one I’m living for”) on tracks with names like “Holy Water” and “The Day That I Found God.” “Looking for America” features guest rapper Lecrae in an examination of the aspirations and realities of a nation “beaten red, white, and blue for the green we pursue.” The overall result is clearly a Switchfoot album, yet not just “another Switchfoot album.”

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