Oh! Gravity How's this for a tongue twister: "When success is equated with excess/The ambition for excess wrecks us." Lines like that typify Switchfoot's sixth album, in… Oh! Gravity How's this for a tongue twister: "When success is equated with excess/The ambition for excess wrecks us." Lines like that typify Switchfoot's sixth album, in… 2006-12-26 Switchfoot Rock
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Oh! Gravity (2006)

Switchfoot | GET ON THE GOOD SWITCHFOOT The San Diego band bring the fun on Gravity
Image credit: Switchfoot: Kelly A. Swift/Retna
GET ON THE GOOD SWITCHFOOT The San Diego band bring the fun on Gravity
EW's GRADE
B-

Details Release Date: Dec 26, 2006; Lead Performance: Switchfoot; Genre: Rock

How's this for a tongue twister: ''When success is equated with excess/The ambition for excess wrecks us.'' Lines like that typify Switchfoot's sixth album, in which the San Diego band sounds downright desperate to say something meaningful (sample song title: ''Faust, Midas, and Myself''). Ignore the lyrics, though, and Oh! Gravity is surprisingly fun: Switchfoot have vastly expanded their stylistic palette, moving from leaden post-grunge into Stones-like swing, jittery post-punk, and, with ''4:12,'' a better R.E.M. song than R.E.M. have made in years. B-

Originally posted Jan 12, 2007 Published in issue #916 Jan 19, 2007 Order article reprints
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