Switchfoot – Fading West

With their ninth studio album this alt-rock outfit manages to reflect on the past while at the same time hinting at a time to come. Experimenting with their sound and coming out on top. Some of the songs hearken back to their beginnings as a group like “Love Alone is Worth the Fight”. The only fans who might be a little disappointed are those that really liked their heavier sound. Better words to describe the sound of the album are bouncy, groovy and catchy. Think more MGMT. Fading West is more about layering of vocals, loops, samples, a hint of electronic and heavy pop sensibilities. Gone are the big guitars and pounding drums. New instruments are being used with a lot of piano and even some string arrangements. It certainly ranks as one of their more accessible albums to this point.

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