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The Beautiful Letdown



Christian rockers get (sort of) down.
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It depends on how you feel about religious testimony.

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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.

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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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 love with it.
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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 Different Styles.Like In Meant To Live,That's A Rock Song.And In The Beautiful Song Dare You To Move, It Is A Much Softer Song.And Young And Old Can Enjoy This Too.My Dad And I Listened To It Today,And He Started Bobbing His Head To Gone,A Great Song Too.So,This Is Great Album By A Great Band.
Teen, 15 years old Written byJesseVitu December 6, 2011

Great Album

This album was my first experience with Swtichfoot, and I listened to it when I was about 9. I absolutely loved it. Now I am 15 and still am in love with their music. They have a great mix of rock, and other softer music. Lyrically, they are great. Songs like, "Meant to Live" show listeners more to this life, and our purpose, while another like, "Gone" has a more upbeat rythym, and gives a lesson on not wasting your life. Nothing inappropriate at all. Great for anyone over 8.