Switchfoot
Hello Hurricane


3.5
great

Review

by fromtheinside USER (127 Reviews)
November 3rd, 2009 | 47 replies | 14,153 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Switchfoot finally sound like themselves, and not some band trying to recapture their insufficient glory periods.

6 of 6 thought this review was well written

Fulfillment, it’s almost an impossible feat to accomplish, and as an artist it’s no simpler a task. Like the Holy Grail once reached it evokes emotion that so few are able to understand let alone transmit for others to enjoy and comprehend. 'Hello Hurricane' is an attempt to convey this new found conviction for the CCM heavyweights Switchfoot. With their prior three releases the band felt overtly rushed therefore never feeling like the finished product was something of their own, but more or less, a product. So they fired themselves and set out to create music that truly emulated what the band was about, reaching fulfillment.

Much like Brand New did with 'Daisy', Switchfoot have gone a direction few envisioned and thus have begun a small stir of controversy already. Combining a new raw elemental feel to their often safe and over produced sound, things have become a melting pot of alphabet soup for Jon to pick apart his life with messy convalescence into words at will. Mess of Me should tarnish the beauty for those who grew a little too comfortable with the tepid and inconsistent flak that was 'Oh’ Gravity', thus setting the tone for the rest of the record.

With ease and relaxation the band delivers either solid up-tempo ballads like the refreshing Yet or comfortably aggressive rocker anthems not heard since the glory days of 'Nothing Is Sound'. Your Love Is A Song is a beautiful evolutionary track (even if it does begin with ANOTHER Ryan Tedder rip) with sultry verses ushered by symphonic “Oooo’s” all melting into the discs strongest chorus. It’s got hit written all over it, yet doesn’t compromise what the band is trying to achieve; a more focused attraction that doesn’t need to rely on outdated techniques the band delivered years ago.

The best aspect of ‘Hello Hurricane’ may be the instrumentals. They’ve become the centerpiece of the band while Jon is the conductor. Free trots in with its dark melody which sets the mood for the rest of the track, this differs from past experiences where the band rode on Jon’s performance. I don’t know about you all, but that sounds like progression to me.

Lest not be worried that Jon has lost his touch; stripping away the over-productivity of ‘Oh’ Gravity (thank God!) what’s left is a genuine confidence not eschewed by the front man before. Always is a gripping concoction of lyrics and intimacy, and by the times the “Hallelujah’s” come rolling ‘round you’ll be smiling with joy too. Sing It Out may be the best song of the band’s career humbling verses hear Jon pour out “ I'm on the run / I'm on the ropes this time / Where is my song? / I've lost the song of my soul tonight”, guilting the listener for peering in what feels like a confessional between him and the mic. His voice is raw often unfriendly and yet still endearing, its initially off-putting but I believe it was a conscious decision to fit the overall mood of the album.

Still for every The Sound there’s a downer like Bullet Soul which only leeches on everything Switchfoot has done before. This is a minor misstep though in comparison to the albums biggest flaw of everything meshing together too seamlessly - Hello Hurricane is almost as forgettable as the opening track. Hopefully this problem will be attended to with their next release in the coming months, but its these few stigmas that keep this from being the essential release in the bands catalogue.

Certainly a step forward, Switchfoot reminds us that ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day’ and that it’s all about the journey. Whether that is towards fulfillment or a multi-platinum record the outcome should reflect the producer in every way. And for the first time Switchfoot finally sound like themselves, and not some band trying to recapture their insufficient glory periods.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
fromtheinside
November 3rd 2009



17714 Comments


just wanted to provide a positive counterpart to Calebs apparent unenjoyable experience.
first review in months, it'll show.
have fun...

Digging: Fallujah - The Flesh Prevails

Waior
November 3rd 2009



11425 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

This album is the definition of Switchfoot trying to recapture former glories

cvlts
November 3rd 2009



8954 Comments


you would give this a 4....

good review bud.
all the italics and bolding kinda mess with me a lil though.

Douglas
November 3rd 2009



9061 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Bold hurts my eyes.

fromtheinside
November 3rd 2009



17714 Comments


i'll fix it sorry guys. lol.

This album is the definition of Switchfoot trying to recapture former glories

you see what we have here is the splitting of opinion where one enjoyed the direction the band took with Oh Gravity and me wishing they'd enhance Nothing Is Sound. fair but too reminiscent of that album called Daisy released earlier.

Douglas
November 3rd 2009



9061 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Brand New comparison is weird, but I know what you mean.

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
November 3rd 2009



20855 Comments


I wonder if Caleb has seen the first non-Switchfoot recommended album as yet...

Waior
November 3rd 2009



11425 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

LEAVE CITIES OUT OF THIS

fromtheinside
November 3rd 2009



17714 Comments


i feel its fair, but will understand those who'll rebel against such a comparison.

Waior
November 3rd 2009



11425 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

thank you for understanding

Douglas
November 3rd 2009



9061 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Yeah I know what you are getting at, just felt strange reading about Brand New in a Switchfoot review!
haha

Whether that is towards fulfillment or a multi-platinum record the outcome should reflect the
producer in every way.

Something just makes me think the band is really just money grabbing now...
oh and pos'd

Caleb check out Mumford & Sons now, you will adore them.

fromtheinside
November 3rd 2009



17714 Comments


Something just makes me think the band is really just money grabbing now..

hmmm, how so?
i feel like establishing lowercase people records would reaffirm the opposite.

Douglas
November 3rd 2009



9061 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Just the fact they keep placing albums out with hardly any effort put into them.

ziroth
November 3rd 2009



1252 Comments


Hopefully this is truer than Waior's. I had sky high hopes for this.

fromtheinside
November 4th 2009



17714 Comments


well they wrote 4 albums total in the process so i'm assuming one of these is gonna hit the mark.

Douglas
November 4th 2009



9061 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

"The Beautiful Letdown" I enjoyed the most...

fromtheinside
November 4th 2009



17714 Comments


as i look back that one was a little too electronically poppy for my tastes, but it did hook me to these guys. i'm a 'nothing is sound' fan.

AdaManiac
November 4th 2009



26 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I might be the only person who liked Oh! Gravity...

But then again, I've enjoyed everything these guys have done from first album to this one.

Waior
November 4th 2009



11425 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Oh! Gravity. had some very cool moments.

AtavanHalen
November 4th 2009



17927 Comments


Not really apart from the title track



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