The Beautiful Letdown

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Christian rockers get (sort of) down.

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 10 reviews

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

Positive Messages

It depends on how you feel about religious testimony.

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What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 10, 13, and 15-year-old Written byrphjem November 13, 2009
I would classify Switchfoot as alternative and not Christian, although nothing in lyrics conflicts with a christian worldview. Music enjoyed by my teens that I... Continue reading
Adult Written byNetbug009 April 9, 2008

Deffinatly not a Letdown

It's always nice to have the praise music where somebody sings how great god is, but sometimes you just want some good music with christian values. Switchf... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old January 9, 2015

God's Gotta Love This Music!

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 in lo... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old March 9, 2013

Not A Beautiful Letdown!

This Is A Great Album By Switchfoot,One Of My Favorite Bands.If You Don't Know Them They Are A Christian (Kind Of) Rock Band.In This Album,Switchfoot Has D... Continue reading

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.

Talk to your kids 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?

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