Switchfoot Oh! Gravity on LP
Executive produced by Steve Lillywhite (U2, The Rolling Stones, Peter Gabriel, Talking Heads, Morrissey) and featuring further production assistance from Tim Palmer (Tin Machine, Pearl Jam, The Cure, Mother Love Bone, U2), Switchfoot's 2006 album Oh! Gravity finds the band expanding their sonic palette while at the same time dealing with social issues on songs like the alt-country blues of "Dirty Second Hands," in which Jon Foreman sings of the dehumanization that comes with technology.
Other politically motivated tracks include the title track's generational appeal for love, peace and understanding, "American Dram," with its biting truth, "Awakening," about trying to recover the innocence of a child in the midst of an ever harsher reality, the sawing alt-country of "Head Over Heels," the exotic instrumentation and Middle Eastern flavor of "Circles," the REM-esque pulse of "4:12," the lush Brit-pop melodies of "Yesterdays," the Echo and the Bunnymen/Smiths influenced "Burn Out Bright" and the Motown sound of "Amateur Lovers."