A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Switchfoot is a Christian rock band, though one that is more adept at viable rock crossover than most.
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What's the story?
If you're looking for straight-up, well-played rock & roll with a mildly Christian message, then Switchfoot is the band for you. NOTHING IS SOUND, a strong follow-up to The Beautiful Letdown, is living proof that it's possible to produce viable rock & roll with a squeaky clean, gently spiritual message. The band's message of hope, grace, and redemption is delivered via expressive, raspy lead vocals by frontman Jon Foreman and exceptional drumming by Chad Butler, along with some well-executed guitar work and intriguing instrumental arrangements. The lyrics skillfully walk a tough line -- very few specifically religious references are made, yet Switchfoot manages to communicate their message effectively to both believers and nonbelievers.
Is it any good?
Appealing and accessible, the songs are diverse and well written, if just a bit cloying. The performances, both vocal and instrumental, are nothing short of excellent. Creative arrangements veer away from the predictable at the last possible second; the lyrics could compete in any high school honors poetry contest -- or church youth group. Switchfoot really does seem to try to deliver something for everyone, and mostly succeeds.