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Illustrates why Switchfoot will be here for many years to come.

Ninth album from Christian Alternative Rockers Switchfoot ultimately shows how far the band has evolved since their breakthrough album 'The Beautiful Letdown'. Guitar driven Modern Rock has now almost been totally replaced by slick Alternative Pop. It's perhaps their ability to change with the times that has contributed to the band's longevity. This album clearly delves into the mid-nineties American Alternative Rock movement doffing its hat to Third Eye Blind, although throughout it's far more sweeping and epic.

The opening triple salvo of 'Love Alone Is Worth The Fight', 'Who We Are' and 'When We Come Alive' feature John Foreman's Stephan Jenkins-like delivery at the front of a choral backdrop and the overall feel is both uplifting and worship influenced but without the negatives.

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Switchfoot air their retro rock influences on the fuzzed up Rival Sons tinged 'Say It Like You Mean It' and on 'BA55' a down-tempo slice of dreamy Alt-Rock. The use of synthesized drum beats and keyboards is evident throughout, none more so that on the Modern Pop of 'Let It Out' or the brilliantly hooky 'Saltwater Heart' adding to the eclectic yet accessible nature of 'Fading West'.

Switchfoot should be congratulated for not standing still and reinvention is a good thing if the quality of the material is of a high enough standard. With a film travelogue of the same name to accompany this release, Switchfoot show that they're forward thinking with the marketing side of things too. 'Fading West' illustrates why Switchfoot will be here for many years to come.

Mike Newdeck

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