Review: Hello Hurricane By Switchfoot

January 11th, 2010

For three long years a storm has been building on the horizon. Changes in the atmosphere have taken place – a new in-home studio, a new label, and a return to a sense of purpose. Hello Hurricane, the seventh studio album from the San Diego quintet Switchfoot, clearly shows the effects of those changes. “We built our own studio so we wouldn’t be paying and playing by the hour,” says frontman Jon Foreman. Prepare for a musical storm.

The first single, “Mess of Me”, lays the foundation for the lyrical heart of this album. “I am my own affliction,” the song so honestly lays out. The riffs are pounding and usually I find myself jumping up and down before the song ends, concluding, “I’ve made a mess of me, I want to spend the rest of my life alive!” While “Your Love is a Song” is a calmer, more melodic offering in which Foreman harmoniously declares, “I’ve got my eyes wide open, I’ve been keeping my hopes unbroken.”

The title track is where it all comes together. About the song “Hello Hurricane” Foreman wrote recently, “The storms of this life shatter our plans. They tear through our world and destroy our hopes and dreams. They ruin sunny days, flatten the structures we depend on, and shock our world views. Hello Hurricane is an attempt to sing into the storm. Hello Hurricane is a declaration: you can't silence my love.”

With catchy beats and a melodies that makes you want to sing along the album rides the spectrum of rock – from the energy-filled “The Sound (John M. Perkins Blues)”, to the energetic and fun “Bullet Soul”, to the beautiful and worshipful anthem “Always.” While the last couple of albums from Switchfoot have focused on greed, materialism, and politics, “Hello Hurricane” purposefully points to love and hope. An honest listen should leave you walking away with a more positive, hopeful outlook.

On Hello Hurricane, Switchfoot’s sound remains the same, but has matured and evolved into a symphony of rock mastery. It is a great evolution that doesn’t leave you wanting for anything but their next studio masterpiece. In an age when there is much gloom and despair ringing throughout the world, it is nice to find a glimmer of hope. 


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