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Switchfoot - Oh! Gravity



Average User Rating: 8.25 out of 10
Total votes: 36 (Click here to vote)
Total comments: 41

[B]Tracks[/B]
1. Oh! Gravity.
2. American Dream
3. Dirty Second Hands
4. Awakening
5. Circles
6. Amateur Lovers
7. Faust, Midas, And Myself
8. Head Over Heels (In This Life)
9. Yesterdays
10. Burn Out Bright
11. 4:12
12. Let Your Love Be Strong


Posted on 01-09-2007 by NotOfThisWorld
..."These San Diego-based rockers broke out on the pop charts tellus that we were "Ment O Life" for so much more. They wanted to "Dare YOu to move" because salvation is here. While those lyrics may have been too subtle for some weaned on a steady diet of modern worship, it was clear to most that Switchfoot was seeking to address existeial longings of a generation disappointed with pleasure-driven materialsm and consumer-focused expressions of psuedo-individuality. Throughout [I]Oh! Gravity.[/I] crunchy guitar riffs set the tone, while Jon Foreman's voice proves up the callenge of forfing memorable hooks that don't melt on contact. Catchy yet durable, Switchfoot manages that delicate balance of rocking out without losing the songs in the process. But The Issues and insights haven't changes. in a country where "success is equated with excess," the band affirms "that aint my American dream." Failed by the stuff we but, the title track asks, "why can't we seem to hold it together?" Left to our own devices, we're merely "Amateur Lovers" with "Dirty Second Hands" who "need love like drugs." But, lik the failt stories alluded to in "Faust, Midas, And Myself," with its moving use of orchestral strings, we sell out the things that give life purpose and meaning for out "pick of pretty things".....

From CCM Magazine's Brian Quincy Newcomb.

Posted on 01-09-2007 by burningtr33
awesome band. awesome record. and one stoked fan.

Posted on 01-09-2007 by tl_guitarnut
I love it, I think they really worked hard and created a record unlike anything they have before.

Posted on 01-09-2007 by DKelly
This is, in my opinion, the best CD they have made thus far. After [i]Nothing Is Sound[/i], I wasn't quite sure if they would ever make something great again. Thankfully, they did.

This CD is very solid musically, sounding like a clash of the creativity, raw energy, catchiness, and upbeat sound of the band's earlier records with the louder rock sound of the last two CDs. The band as a whole sounds more refreshed and renewed than I've ever heard them sound. Jon has greatly improved upon his vocals and his lyrics over the last CD. Jon's lyrics are much less cliche-ridden than on NIS and his vocals seem much less tired and limited than it did on that CD. Any band would be proud of a CD like this. I'm just happy Switchfoot made it first.

This CD gives me great excitement for the future of the band. My favorite songs include "Oh! Gravity", "American Dream", "Amateur Lovers", "Faust, Midas and Myself", and "Burn Out Bright".

An easy 10.

Posted on 01-09-2007 by Adam K
Awesome. I give it a 10. I love "Amateur Lovers".

Posted on 01-09-2007 by akaukal
This is pretty good, but I don't think it's much more than solid. It's grown on me, but I still like Legend of Chin way better. 7.

Posted on 01-09-2007 by monkeysmile
This CD is awesome,I gave it a 10.

Posted on 01-10-2007 by nbfan
7. Good comeback from NIS, but there's something about it that just doesn't come easy to me. I don't know. I'd rate it higher, but it's one of those CD's where I like 3 or 4 songs, and the rest I just skip.

Posted on 01-10-2007 by HolyRockJfreak
I like it a lot....it doesn't sound as produced as nothing is sound, but it has this fresh sound.....awakening is probably the best track....it totally shows true joy....oh gravity, dirty second hands, yesterdays, and let your love be strong are also sweet....

Posted on 01-19-2007 by Adam K
I love the Awakening.

Posted on 01-21-2007 by thud
Switchfoot is a great band and Jon is one of my favorite bad singers. But this cd isn't much fun to listen to. The constant griping about how everybody is beats me down. Theology 101 - humans are fallen, have no hope without a saviour, and won't believe you no matter how many times you tell them. I hope they find something else to sing about for the next cd.

Awakening and Circles are great Switchfoot anthems. Yesterdays is a beautifully done song about the death of a friend that doesn't bum you out. That's the easy-to-listen-to part of this cd. The upbeat songs on this cd would prolly be good live, and I bet Dirty Second Hands is way better live than on the cd. There is just too much un-melodic ranting and it's the goofy stuff like "success is equated with excess" and "waking up at 4:12" that sticks in your head. I've really enjoyed Switchfoots softer songs for their passion and ability to carry you away, but Let Your Love Be Strong is just crap - a bad melody and goofy lyrics.

I'm sure the idea was to make this cd more raw and somehow more artistic than the last few, but it's just not as much fun and fails to compel me to change anything about the way I live. I miss the polish and uplifting songs.

Posted on 01-21-2007 by InLovingEmery
[QUOTE=thud;2768914]Switchfoot is a great band and Jon is one of my favorite bad singers. But this cd isn't much fun to listen to. The constant griping about how everybody is beats me down. Theology 101 - humans are fallen, have no hope without a saviour, and won't believe you no matter how many times you tell them. I hope they find something else to sing about for the next cd.

Awakening and Circles are great Switchfoot anthems. Yesterdays is a beautifully done song about the death of a friend that doesn't bum you out. That's the easy-to-listen-to part of this cd. The upbeat songs on this cd would prolly be good live, and I bet Dirty Second Hands is way better live than on the cd. There is just too much un-melodic ranting and it's the goofy stuff like "success is equated with excess" and "waking up at 4:12" that sticks in your head. I've really enjoyed Switchfoots softer songs for their passion and ability to carry you away, but Let Your Love Be Strong is just crap - a bad melody and goofy lyrics.

I'm sure the idea was to make this cd more raw and somehow more artistic than the last few, but it's just not as much fun and fails to compel me to change anything about the way I live. I miss the polish and uplifting songs.[/QUOTE]

I think Switchfoot did a really good job with this album. It's different. Sometimes it's the close-minded listener with the issue. So switchfoot did some crazy stuff on this record, that's ok. It still sounds great. The crazy ending to 4:12, Amateur Lovers, it's different but great. I'm aware it's my opinion and all that, and you're totally entitled to yours. But I'm just saying one can't get stuck in a single opinion of switchfoot assuming they'll always come out with the same type of album.

Posted on 01-25-2007 by Keiran Halycon
Awesome Album!! Way better than Nothing is Sound. on NIS my only favorite songs were Stars and Polititions. Oh! Gravity has many more great songs like Awakening, Oh! Gravity, Circles, and American Dream.

Posted on 01-28-2007 by AdamWest
Hey THUD,

I completely understand what u are saying i was expecting someone to say that because the cd is different.

As for me 10. If I could give it an 11 I would. I still like all the songs on the album.

Posted on 02-07-2007 by Naragrath
I just jumped into Switchfoot and have thier 3 new CDs. I like this one a lot, but I just want to know why everyone didn't like Nothing Is Sound? I think its there best. The one thing I was disapointed with on this CD was that there was a lack of their trademark molten lava heart shaking, mind blowing, intro riffs (Meant To Live, Stars, Politicians). Kind of lacking some very memorable guitar (though that goofy Oh! Gravity riff sticks in your head). All in all I give it a 9. Excellent stuff.
Jdc

Posted on 02-21-2007 by Chem6Afreak
good CD in my opinion it was the best CD overall.

Posted on 02-21-2007 by Chem6Afreak
[QUOTE=Naragrath;2795881]I just jumped into Switchfoot and have thier 3 new CDs. I like this one a lot, but I just want to know why everyone didn't like Nothing Is Sound? I think its there best. The one thing I was disapointed with on this CD was that there was a lack of their trademark molten lava heart shaking, mind blowing, intro riffs (Meant To Live, Stars, Politicians). Kind of lacking some very memorable guitar (though that goofy Oh! Gravity riff sticks in your head). All in all I give it a 9. Excellent stuff.
Jdc[/QUOTE]

:yep: Yah there new stuff rocked, but the true switchfoot is in there first three albums.

Posted on 04-12-2007 by Naragrath
I now have (and have listened intensley) to the first three Switchfoot albums and I really like them a lot. Having heard those, I would agree that Beautiful Letdown and Nothing Is Sound seems to have been a little bit of a departure for them, but Oh! Gravity, seems to be thier return. Thier past stuff was quirky, original, and catchy, and Oh! Gravity certainly is quirky and original...and most songs are pretty catchy. All in all, Oh! Gravity is probably my third favorite album, behind NIS and LTB.
Nar

Posted on 04-12-2007 by Mr. claw
Mr. claw agrees.

Posted on 04-13-2007 by tigerfan88
At first, I almost hated the album. But I've grown to like it. So I say "8". I still like their last two CDs a bit better, though. But this one has some great tracks on it.

Posted on 06-20-2007 by +SEAL+
This CD brought new-school Switchfoot back into the top tier of music. TBL and NIS were not great albums. Okay, not great. But now I can appreciate NIS for what it was: growing pains.

O!G was essentially a fusion of the new and the old, and in a way that really takes the old and makes it even better. I loved the feel to all of the songs, and this one had some really great moments. I liked the Beatles feel of 4:12, and Yesterday was a very nice song.

The second half of this CD was amazing. I loved the first half, but I bet that it'll get overplayed to death on the radio. Especially Awakening. But it [i]is[/i] a good song.

Overall, since I've never actually handed out a 10 (I think), this gets a 9. Really close to a 9.5, though.

Posted on 06-26-2007 by i_am_a_pirate
10.
faust, midas and myself is RUBBISH.
the rest is amazing.
I am currently bass tabbing Oh! Gravity, American Dream, Amateur lovers, yesterdays, Burn out bright and 4:12!
hehe. alot of work
amateur lovers, yesterdays and american dream should be up shortly

Posted on 06-26-2007 by i_am_a_pirate
[QUOTE=Adam K;2765190]I love the Awakening.[/QUOTE]

AMAZING! i would tab it if i could :D

Posted on 06-27-2007 by Dr. Knownothing
10, love this album. A breath of fresh air after Nothing is Sound (I'd give it a 5). Shows a lot of versatility and really shows Jon's lyrical skill.

Must have.

-dr

Posted on 06-27-2007 by Dr. Knownothing
[QUOTE=i_am_a_pirate;2958642]10.
faust, midas and myself is RUBBISH.
the rest is amazing.
I am currently bass tabbing Oh! Gravity, American Dream, Amateur lovers, yesterdays, Burn out bright and 4:12!
hehe. alot of work
amateur lovers, yesterdays and american dream should be up shortly[/QUOTE]

Lol, Faust, Midas and Myself is one of my favorite songs on the CD. :lol: 4:12 and Dirty Second Hands are right behind that.

-dr

Posted on 06-27-2007 by Oh!Gravity
This is probably Switchfoot's worst CD to date. I'd still give it a 6 or 7, but, for one, the lyrical themes are nothing new. Amateur Lovers is pretty much the same song (lyrically) as Easier Than Love. American Dream, Dirty Second Hands, Faust, AND Circles are all about materialism. That's almost HALF of the CD. I like all of those songs (Circles to a lesser extent), but the lyrical themes just become generic. I don't know why, but 4:12 just doesn't do anything for me. There is a bright spot, though. Awakening, Head Over Heels, and Burn Out Bright are all fantastic. However, I do believe that Switchfoot should go back to their Beautiful Letdown sound. I liked the alternative Switchfoot more than I like the pop/rock Switchfoot.

Posted on 06-28-2007 by Dr. Knownothing
[QUOTE=Oh!Gravity;2959710]This is probably Switchfoot's worst CD to date. I'd still give it a 6 or 7, but, for one, the lyrical themes are nothing new. Amateur Lovers is pretty much the same song (lyrically) as Easier Than Love. American Dream, Dirty Second Hands, Faust, AND Circles are all about materialism. That's almost HALF of the CD. I like all of those songs (Circles to a lesser extent), but the lyrical themes just become generic. I don't know why, but 4:12 just doesn't do anything for me. There is a bright spot, though. Awakening, Head Over Heels, and Burn Out Bright are all fantastic. However, I do believe that Switchfoot should go back to their Beautiful Letdown sound. I liked the alternative Switchfoot more than I like the pop/rock Switchfoot.[/QUOTE]

But, IMO, if you listen to Legend of Chin or New Way to be Human, Oh! Gravity is more like the Switchfoot of the past than The Beautiful Letdown. And, if you haven't heard any of their first 3 records, I strongly suggest you give them a good listen. They were pop/rock before they were alternative.

-dr

Posted on 06-28-2007 by Naragrath
[QUOTE]This is probably Switchfoot's worst CD to date. I'd still give it a 6 or 7, but, for one, the lyrical themes are nothing new. Amateur Lovers is pretty much the same song (lyrically) as Easier Than Love. American Dream, Dirty Second Hands, Faust, AND Circles are all about materialism. That's almost HALF of the CD. I like all of those songs (Circles to a lesser extent), but the lyrical themes just become generic. I don't know why, but 4:12 just doesn't do anything for me. There is a bright spot, though. Awakening, Head Over Heels, and Burn Out Bright are all fantastic. However, I do believe that Switchfoot should go back to their Beautiful Letdown sound. I liked the alternative Switchfoot more than I like the pop/rock Switchfoot.[/QUOTE] - Oh!Gravity

Agreed. I liked the edgier, more intense Switchfoot. Songs like 'Oh! Gravity' and 'American Dream' fit the bill, but I don't know, this album is probably thier most disapointing now that I think about it. The lyrics are the same, the music's quirkiness runs dry after a while, and there's no really spectacular single on this like 'Meant to Live' or 'Stars'. Nothing Is Sound is still my fav.

Posted on 06-28-2007 by John Allison
This is a v. gd album, i gave it an 8. I wasn't sure how much i liked it at first, but having listened to it more, i can say that it's really grown on me.

I have all their albums - Learning to Breathe is probs my favourite, and the earlier albums were really gd too, as was TBL. NIS had a few gd songs, but i wasn't really impressed by it. I think i prefer Switchfoot as a 'pop/rock' band -they do the polished alternative rock well, but so do a fair amount of bands, while their original, quirky style makes them a more standout band.

at times, O!G seems a bit contrived to me - trying too hard to be random, but only on occasions. but they have gone back to a more raw sound, which is gd.

Posted on 06-28-2007 by +SEAL+
[QUOTE=Naragrath;2960186]- Oh!Gravity

Agreed. I liked the edgier, more intense Switchfoot. Songs like 'Oh! Gravity' and 'American Dream' fit the bill, but I don't know, this album is probably thier most disapointing now that I think about it. The lyrics are the same, the music's quirkiness runs dry after a while, and there's no really spectacular single on this like 'Meant to Live' or 'Stars'. Nothing Is Sound is still my fav.[/QUOTE]
Intense?? You haven't heard intense. Go listen to Project 86, and then tell me if NIS was intense.:p

Anyway, the lyrics are anything but the same! You've got Yesterday, Faust, Midas..., and Circles. So diverse, and they're great! I personally loved the wordplay at the start of American Dream, although that wasn't the best song.

Meant to Live was not a spectacular single, IMO. The lyrics were exactly the same as most of their other stuff..."We were meant to live for so much more" is about as generic as it gets.

And I agree with most people who dislike NIS. There were a few bright spots like "Shadow...Sunshine", but there was nothing extremely brilliant about the CD.

On the other hand...O!G had musical brilliance to its finest, especially in the variety and the fullness of proper production. LOC was raw, LTB was over-produced, and TBL and NIS were Switchfoot trying to be something they weren't. This was true Switchfoot.

Posted on 06-28-2007 by Dr. Knownothing
[QUOTE=+SEAL+;2960393]On the other hand...O!G had musical brilliance to its finest, especially in the variety and the fullness of proper production. LOC was raw, LTB was over-produced, and TBL and NIS were Switchfoot trying to be something they weren't. This was true Switchfoot.[/QUOTE]

Agreed 100%!

-dr

Posted on 06-28-2007 by Oh!Gravity
First, how is this pure Switchfoot if this is something we're just now seeing. How do we know that pure Switchfoot isn't New Way to Be Human Switchfoot or Legend of Chin Switchfoot?

Second, Meant to Live is the least of it when it comes to lyrical genericity (is that a word?). The only songs about living for "so much more" are Meant to Live, and I guess American Dream (but American Dream also confronts materialism). However, there's a handful of materialism songs. List includes five songs from Oh! Gravity, one from New Way to Be Human, and two from Beautiful Letdown. That's a lopsided statistic, I think. Musically, I guess it's more of a personal preference, and I personally prefer the TBL sound.

Posted on 06-28-2007 by Dr. Knownothing
[QUOTE=Oh!Gravity;2960580]First, how is this pure Switchfoot if this is something we're just now seeing. How do we know that pure Switchfoot isn't New Way to Be Human Switchfoot or Legend of Chin Switchfoot?

Second, Meant to Live is the least of it when it comes to lyrical genericity (is that a word?). The only songs about living for "so much more" are Meant to Live, and I guess American Dream (but American Dream also confronts materialism). However, there's a handful of materialism songs. List includes five songs from Oh! Gravity, one from New Way to Be Human, and two from Beautiful Letdown. That's a lopsided statistic, I think. Musically, I guess it's more of a personal preference, and I personally prefer the TBL sound.[/QUOTE]

I believe there is a difference between a lyric being "general" and an album having a "general" theme. TBL had general lyrics. Albums, in most cases, have general themes. This one's theme, according to your opinion, may be materialism.

As far as "pure Switchfoot", what was meant was that Switchfoot, with Oh! Gravity, returned to it's pop/rock style of music and lyrics, rather than the alt style of TBL and some of NIS. This is the Switchfoot we saw a lot of on the first 3 albums.

Regardless of what "pure Switchfoot" is, I still believe this to be their most mature album to date. It may not be their best, however.

Posted on 06-29-2007 by heisouronlyhope
This album is awesome! I pre-order'd it 3 months before it came out!,

I really like the acoustic songs on this album, even tho they are kinda of sad.

Awakening is my fav song on this album.

Posted on 06-29-2007 by Oh!Gravity
What was the general theme in TBL? I thought the lyrical themes on TBL were very widespread.

Posted on 06-29-2007 by +SEAL+
You're mixing up general theme and general lyric. A lyric can be general without fitting into the general theme. A general theme is good, general lyrics are not.

Posted on 06-29-2007 by Oh!Gravity
One of the reasons why Beautiful Letdown and Learning to Breathe were so good was because of their lyrical diversity. None of the songs had the same lyrical themes as another. Doesn't it seem like a bit much to have FIVE songs on an album all be about one thing?

Posted on 06-29-2007 by +SEAL+
Disparate lyrical themes is bad. A theme is good to tie an album together. It makes all the songs connect. What O!G did was explore different [i]parts[/i] of that theme. It took the idea of "emptiness of modern culture" and investigated relationships (Amateur Lovers), materialism (American Dream, Faust...), the sense of confusion (Circles), weariness with the culture (4:12) and even had a theme song (Oh!Gravity.). There were also bits of hope (Awakening, Yesterday, Burn Out Bright) on the CD. Overall, it read like a story.

Posted on 06-29-2007 by Dr. Knownothing
[QUOTE=+SEAL+;2960771]Disparate lyrical themes is bad. A theme is good to tie an album together. It makes all the songs connect. What O!G did was explore different [i]parts[/i] of that theme. It took the idea of "emptiness of modern culture" and investigated relationships (Amateur Lovers), materialism (American Dream, Faust...), the sense of confusion (Circles), weariness with the culture (4:12) and even had a theme song (Oh!Gravity.). There were also bits of hope (Awakening, Yesterday, Burn Out Bright) on the CD. Overall, it read like a story.[/QUOTE]

Agreed, once again.

In response to Oh!Gravity, TBL, as far as I can hear, didn't seem to have a general theme, unless it was the "meant to live for so much more" theme with songs like :) Meant to Live, Gone, More than Fine, This is Your Life, Dare You to Move. As stated earlier, most albums have a theme. It may be hard to find on some however.

The problem with TBL's "theme" as Seal said earlier, is that the lyrics are so general and nonspecific. I do like TBL, don't get me wrong, however, of all my Switchfoot albums, it gets the least play, and I think O!G is on a different level of music entirely. But, it's all in taste and preference. :)

-dr

Posted on 07-13-2007 by schecter777
Great CD. Top songs are "Awakening," "Oh! Gravity," "American Dream."

Posted on 10-03-2007 by Relientk101
Good but not Great I give it a s7


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