'Vice Verses' Gives Us a Saucier Version of Switchfoot
- Style: rock
- 12 Songs
- Release Date: September 27, 2011
- Label: EMI
I can honestly say that I never would have thought that the word "saucy" would be a way I would describe Switchfoot because the word just doesn't sound like guys who rock. However, there are so many saucy moments in Vice Verses that no other words really can convey the sound and the feel. Now that's not to say that there are no rockers or no ballads full of deep-thinking, nearly poetic lyrics on the project - there are plenty of those too. It's just that there seems to be more spice seasoning the music. When you add that to the fact that Switchfoot isn't afraid to ask the questions that we all have or admit the weaknesses that we all suffer from, you get what could arguably be their best release to date.
Now take a deep breath and open your mind because I'm getting ready to describe a Switchfoot that you may not recognize! The guys go all funky with "The War Inside" and they have a lot of fun doing it while keeping it real. Yeah, it's where the fight begins. Yeah, underneath the skin. Between these hopes and where we've been. Every fight comes from the fight within.
Want saucy? Listen to "Blinding Light," with its almost reggae undertones and you get a touch of spice that you won't see coming. This tune is so playful that you may miss the importance of the lyrics the first few times. Deep down there's a hope inside. You got wings but you're scared to fly. Wake up, wake up.
"Thrive" is a great example of the weaknesses we share, yet fear admitting. No, I’m not alright. I know that I’m not right. Feels like I travel but I never arrive. I want to thrive, not just survive. I'm always close, but I'm never enough. How many times have you felt like that, yet couldn't bring yourself to say it out loud?
This is no shiny, new Switchfoot. It's everything that we've come to expect yet, like the title itself, not at all what we anticipate. It's the old meeting the new, the light meeting the dark, the truth meeting the lies we tell ourselves when we simply have nothing else to say.
Vice Verses Track Listing:
- The Original
- The War Inside
- Blinding Light
- Selling the News
- Dark Horses
- Rise Above It
- Vice Verses
- Where I Belong