The Beautiful Letdown

Common Sense Media says

Christian rockers get (sort of) down.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

It depends on how you feel about religious testimony.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the preaching is subtle and the lyrics squeaky clean. You don't necessarily have to be a Christian to like Switchfoot, but it probably helps.

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Kids say

What's the story?

Face it, there's a lot of contemporary Christian music out there that's, well, kind of sappy. Just scan your car radio dial while driving around and you'll hear one sweetie-pie after another singing about Jesus with all her heart and soul -- which is fine, if you like overproduced saccharin ballads. But if you happen to love Jesus, yet hate middle-of-the-road pop, there are way fewer choices. Enter Switchfoot's THE BEAUTIFUL LETDOWN. On their fourth album, the band demonstrates greater confidence and better musical performances than ever before, with well-crafted and beautifully produced songs. There's the predictable message, of course, but it is presented with eloquence and charm, and doesn't hit you over the head.

Is it any good?


Guitar-fueled rockers and intense power ballads show off the band members at their best, and interesting lyrics promote the idea that there's more to life than the superficial, and we are all important and have a purpose -- and that's a terrific message for anyone to hear. Bottom line: The Beautiful Letdown is beautiful, but by no means a letdown.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about their attitudes toward Christian music. Does it bother you when songs sound preachy? Has the band's skillful delivery of the message made it more palatable?

Music details

Release date:June 22, 2004
Label:Sony Music
Genre:Christian Rock
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 14 years old Written bycatdog5555 April 9, 2008
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This cd is great !

I like this cd because it is great rock music without having the bad themes other music has overall great album!
Teen, 16 years old Written byCSM Screen Name... April 9, 2008
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I'm Christian, so I have high standards, and this albums meets them. SF doesn't preach their faith in their music, but it's reflected in the lack of language, violence, etc.


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