Switchfoot has come up in ten studio albums with their latest, Where the Light Shines Through. Very impressive given that the debuted came out in 1997 and that frontman Jon Foreman have released a number of solo albums. Even more impressive is that the band continues to deliver modern rock of the highest quality, all in a stylish and smart package that have a life span.
This time they have chosen to once again work with John Fields that also produced their breakthrough album The Beautiful Letdown (2003) and its follow-ups, Nothing Is Sound (2005) and Oh! Gravity. (2006). So guess the band is aiming to get to the level they once had and delivered a number of big hits.
For me, however, Switchfoot is not a single band and the reason that I buy their albums is that always get consistent and well-written songs, too good to be played on radio. This is no exception, and shows why the band perhaps is the biggest band in the Christian rock scene since the early 2000s. The first half is fantastic with tracks like the danceable "Float", but also the typical Switchfoot sounding "Holy Water" and "I Will not Let You Go" that could have been taken from their smash hit, The Beautiful Letdown.
The second half of the plate is slightly weaker, but that's mostly because the opening is very impressive and makes Where the Light Shines Through yet another strong release from the San Diego-based rock band.