Vice Verses

Posted September 30th, 2011 by admin in Archive, Music, Reviews., September 2011

By J.F. Arnold


Switchfoot is one of that bands that people seem to either ‘get’ or they just don’t care about them. The experience that one has with Switchfoot, at least in my experience, goes something like this:

1. Hear Switchfoot’s radio single.

2. Really enjoy the sound. Think to self “I should check this band out.”

3. Listen to full album.

4. Find self not very impressed. Go back to just enjoying the singles.

At least, that’s been my interaction with the band. I get that there are die-hard fans out there. Good for you guys! But I needed to express my general opinion of the band before diving into this album.

Vice Verses is awesome. I really like it, and not just the singles. Honestly, this is a first for me with the band; even if I found myself liking one of their whole albums, I would generally only slightly like it. But this album actually pulls me in.

Will old Switchfoot fans like it? I suspect they will. But what I like is that Jon Foreman adjusts his voice a bit; there is more variance here than we have previously heard in the band, and that already gives them a better sound than I am used to. Lyrically, the album is pretty comparable to what we’ve heard before, though a few tracks stand out as rather unique (“Selling the News” comes to mind, for instance).

Highlights include “The War Inside,” “Selling the News,” “Thrive,” and the title track. This is the sort of album that I’d probably prefer to just listen through, but if you’ve got to pick and choose, those are my choices.

This album is my favorite Switchfoot album to date, though that admittedly isn’t saying much. If you’re a fan of the band, I think you’ll find a lot to love here. If you’ve written the band off, give this one a shot. I’m glad I did.

Review copy provided courtesy of lowercase people/Atlantic

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