Review: Switchfoot – Only Hope (Rock)

This review covers the alternative rock track Switchfoot – Only Hope.

This track was released in 1999 on the album New Way to Be Human.

The track starts off with a string instrument and a piano. Acoustic guitars join the track. From there, the vocals take over backed just by the guitars. A subtle effect is in the background here. Some high hats join the track as the vocals go through the main chorus. This is capped off with a short instrumental section.

From there, the drum kit joins the track along with other elements. The vocals take the track into the next verse. When the vocals hit the main chorus, the string elements make an appearance along with the piano. Added percussion elements is also present. This is capped off with an instrumental section with strings and piano.

After that, the guitars and drum kit rejoin the track as the vocals take the track into the next verse. Piano and woodwind elements also joins the track briefly. The vocals then repeat the main chorus. This is capped off with another instrumental section. This time, there’s some added guitar elements here along with the string elements. The track is then lead out with the percussion element.

Generally speaking, I’d say this is a pretty decent track. It has decent vocals and lyrics. there is a nice variety of instruments even though some may be more subtle then others. It flows pretty well and the mastering is quite decent.

The only thing that I will say is that I don’t find myself jumping up and down in excitement over it. There’s not much that makes this track stand out and become amazing. That’s not to say this is a bad track, though. It does have a lot going for it and it is definitely a very listenable track. In fact, I’d say the core Christian audience would very easily find this track an enjoyable one.

Overall, this is a very decent track. It’s got a lot of subtle layers that give this track depth. The vocals are decent and it flows well. While it’s nothing to get overly excited over, it should satisfy those who are fans of Christian rock. So, a decent one all around.


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