Nothing Is Sound

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Well-played rock & roll that's squeaky clean.
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Parents say

age 8+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 12 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

The gently Christian message is expressed in such mild and universal language, it shouldn't be a problem for non-Christian families.

Violence

Nothing worrisome.

Sex

Not an issue.

Language

Not an issue.

Consumerism

Nothing obvious.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Clean as a whistle.

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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byCSM Screen Name... April 9, 2008
Adult Written byracingrough April 9, 2008

Switch Foot A beautiful song

It is not a issue for kids to worry about sexaul songs. Switch foot is a good christian band keep it going
Teen, 14 years old Written bygeckogirl May 11, 2010

Love it, love it!

I love this cd! So honest, and the music is great!
Kid, 12 years old January 9, 2015

God's Gotta Love This Music!

Same. I've listened to Switchfoot since I've been 4 and I've been to his world famous bro-am. He sings great Christian music, but anyone can fall... Continue reading

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how the band manages to create good rock & roll without compromising their spirituality or values.

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