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Oh! Gravity is Switchfoot's sixth studio album, their third for Columbia Records. After 2003's double-platinum selling, The Beautiful Letdown, and another two gold selling albums, Nothing Is Sound and Learning To Breathe, Foreman sums it all up by saying, "I'm in therapy and I write songs. It's all an attempt to try to come to terms with reality."
On its last two albums, San Diego quintet Switchfoot was a faceless Christian band turning out largely forgettable alt-rock -- albeit largely forgettable alt-rock that managed to go platinum. With Oh! Gravity, Switchfoot up their game on a handful of bright songs. Tunes such as "Amateur Lovers" suggest a ballsier Cheap Trick with a dose of contemporary-radio gloss. Jon Foreman is a decent lyricist -- his earnest philosophical observations are occasionally insightful, and he usually avoids overt preachifying -- but his unremarkable rock-dude voice can't carry lesser, sludgier songs. And forgettability is still a problem: Several tracks -- whether inspirational stuff like "Awakening" or darker cuts like "Circles" -- are about as generic as today's radio rock gets. Beats the crap out of Creed, but still.
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