Review: Switchfoot- The Legend of Chin

Switchfoot

This is an amazing debut. An amalgam of funky alternative, catchy power pop, and modern rock with jazz influenced time signatures. 1997’s The Legend of Chin starts out with a bang with the uptempo “Bomb”, and the band’s sterling first hit “Chem 6A”. Songs such as “Might Have Ben Hur”, “Edge of My Seat”, and “Life and Love and Why” follow in the footsteps of these songs, being extremely catchy and full of energy; anthemic rockers extraordinaire. The most striking thing about this album is how strong the overall song writing is. Everything from song structure to lyricism is nailed. As good as Switchfoot is when they are at their high energy, rocking best, they might be even better when they are at their most somber, reflective, and introspective. “You”, “Home”, and “Don’t Be There” are all examples of this versatility. Switchfoot also displays a funky, sometimes even jazz like style of songwriting as displayed on “Bomb”, “Underwater”, and “Concrete Girl”. This type of quirky sound with all of its idiosyncrasies and eccentricities is part of what made this album special, and in my opinion seemed to disappear as the band became more and more popular. The Legend of Chin may not be Switchfoot’s most accomplished, well known, or even best album from a technical stand point, but it is by far my favorite. An underrated classic not to be ignored.

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