Every new Switchfoot album surprises me. I always think they’ve reached a peak with their previous release, and then find that having apparently got to the top, they appear to have found a way to keep pushing upward. ‘Oh Gravity’ is not an exception.
Switchfoot’s melodic rock is delivered with a purpose that remains positive throughout and an energy that doesn’t diminish as you continue to press the repeat button. This would be a powerful combination in itself, but when you throw into the mix excellent musicianship and superb song writing it becomes pretty irresistible.
Jon Foreman’s lyrics are as inventive and thought provoking as ever. If you’re looking for worship, you won’t find it here. What you’ll find is a desire to erode the aimless secular worldview Foreman sees around him (‘I began to believe that all we are is material. It's nonsensical’ and ’Don't believe that there's nothing that's true’) and an eagerness to replace that worldview with a purposeful Christian one (‘In all my life I don't know if I've ever felt so alive’ or ‘All of my world, resting on your love’).
The band’s passion for what they do saturates their music and, like a champion sports team, each member knows their job and nails it. With each song, from the volume up, windows down rock of ‘American Dream’ through the extraordinarily catchy ‘Faust, Midas and Myself’ to the moving ‘Yesterdays’, ‘Oh Gravity’ will invade your day and replace your hope. Buy it.