Switchfoot: The Beautiful Letdown

The Songs:

  1. Meant To Live
  2. This Is Your Life
  3. More Than Fine
  4. Ammunition
  5. Dare You To Move
  6. Redemption
  7. The Beautiful Letdown
  8. Gone
  9. On Fire
  10. Adding To The Noise
  11. Twenty-Four
  12. Monday Comes Around (Bonus Track)
  13. Dare You To Move (Bonus Track, Alternate Version)
  14. Meant To Live (Bonus Track, Acoustic Version)
  • Jon Foreman – guitar, vocals
  • Tim Foreman – bass, backing vocals
  • Chad Butler – drums, percussion
  • Jerome Fontamillas – guitar, keyboard, backing vocals
  • Stephan Hovsepian – violin
  • Ameena Maria Khawaja – cello
  • John Fields – keyboards, sound effects, percussion

The Beautiful Letdown is the fourth studio album by San Diego-based Christian alternative band Switchfoot. The group started out as a trio, made up of brothers Jon and Tim Foreman, (sons of church pastor Mark Foreman) and  drummer Chad Butler. For this album, touring member Jerome Fontamillas became a full-time member of the band. For the subsequent tour, guitarist Drew Shirley was added and became the fifth member of the group. These additions to the band changed the group’s sound, giving their music a thicker, more rock-influenced approach.

In 2002, the teen romance film A Walk To Remember used a number of Switchfoot songs in the soundtrack, including the original version of the song “Dare You To Move,” as it appeared on the album Learning To Breathe, Switchfoot’s third album, (where it was titled “I Dare You To Move”). The success of the film and soundtrack led to the band being signed by Columbia Records. For The Beautiful Letdown, the song was re-recorded and became a smash hit for the band, reaching the Top 20 or better on four different Billboard Charts, as well as winning two Dove Awards.

The album also produced two other Top 40 singles, including “This Is Your Life” and the lead-off track, “Meant To Live”, which was based on T.S. Eliot’s poem, “The Hollow Men,” as well as Steinbeck’s novel, Of Mice and Men and U2‘s song, “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.”  The powerful guitar opening and thought-provoking lyrics attracted many listeners and helped the band become a breakout sensation. The Beautiful Letdown was certified double platinum, having achieved over 2.6 million copies sold.

Other standout tracks include “Gone,” (which deals the emptiness of material wealth and possessions), the yearning “On Fire” and the simplicity of “Twenty-Four”. The album has been issued in a CD/DVD, DualDisc, and iTunes Deluxe version, featuring additional tracks and video footage. It remains one of the high points in the band’s stellar career and marked a season of momentous growth musically, lyrically, and spiritually for the band. (Buy it here.)

Suggested Reading:

Mark Foreman. Wholly Jesus: His Surprising Approach To Wholeness And Why It Matters Today.

Suggested Viewing:

Switchfootage: A Film About Switchfoot By Switchfoot.