Life is complicated. For every blessing, there are curses. That’s what Switchfoot’s new album, “Vice Verses,” is all about.
After 15 years and eight albums, Switchfoot is still continuing to grow and change its style. No two albums have ever sounded the same. Their latest album, “Vice Verses,” features songs that range from rock anthems to ballads and even to a little bit of hip-hop. The songs on “Vice Verses” are united in their exploration of the dark and light sides of being human and concentration on life, death, hope and despair.
Releasing “Vice Verses” after the very successful 2009 Grammy-winning album, “Hello Hurricane,” has made it clear that Switchfoot is more energized in making music than they have been ever before.
While still containing Switchfoot’s signature guitar introductions and riffs, as well as beautiful melodies, “Vice Verses” adds in some very purposeful, meaningful and challenging lyrics that ask listeners to embrace life’s tension.
The songs “Thrive” and “The War Inside” start off convictingly but change to a more gentle sound and come to the conclusion of stating that every day a choice is made.
The title track, “Vice Verses,” is an acoustic song that contains very meaningful lyrics that incorporate the message of the entire album.
The final song, “Where I Belong,” is almost seven minutes long, making it the longest song in Switchfoot history. It contains so much passion and power and echoes a phrase from the first track, tying in not only this album, but all of Switchfoot’s albums, into this one song.
It challenges listeners to change the world and make the most of life and find out where they truly belong.