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Switchfoot, Vice Verses
Atlantic Records, Sept. 27

09/22/11
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



On the promise-ring side of the tracks, these AOR surf-rockers remain the Snow Patrol of Christendom, still capable of knocking together not-very-edgy guitar-driven mall-alt-rock for sports-bar overhead speakers. Singer Jon Foreman has apparently abandoned any hope of not sounding exactly like Chris Martin, which has freed him up to experiment with riffage, like the one-note stomp-march stolen from Ministry’s “Gangreen” on “Afterlife.” “The Original” is Foo Fighters for clean-teens, not that it doesn’t have a radio hook, but then again that’s the game here, obedient semi-hard-rock mystery-meat whose only real inner demon is a desire to hurt Dashboard Confessional’s Billboard numbers. Could have done without the arse-dragging “Blinding Light,” a track that seems particularly geared toward the band’s core Sunday School audience, and that goes double for the boy-band-ish political-rap-for-dummies “Selling the News,” a tiresome pandering that’ll be a heavily favored finalist in the “Obviously Everyone On Earth Can Agree With This Not-Very-Rebellious Statement” awards. B- —Eric W. Saeger
 






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