In2004, a group of San Diego Natives put out their first major label album named, "The Beautiful Letdown, " by Columbia Records. Originally Switchfoot were signed to CMM label, Sparrow Records, but Sony saw the potential in this group and hence, "TBL" arrived.
This record turned Switchfoot into multi-platinum artists within a years time. It spawned 3 top-40 radio hits on the mainstream charts, all garnering very positive reviews. The three tracks were : Meant to Live, Dare you to Move, and This is Your Life, along with 10 Christian radio hits.
This album is a rock album, plain and simple, with ballads, blazzing guitar, and mellow acoustics. Every song tells a story, with great vocalls and perfect instrumental abilities showcased. The music is well paced to say the least, with soaring vocals. Lead singer Jon Foreman, wrote all of the songs on this album and has defined himself as a truly great lyricist, composing fantasic songwriting. The standout track is Dare You to Move. It is a rocking ballad, for a perfect summer day. The thing with this album is every song is strong, no filler tracks at all. With Switchfoot, you must look deep into the lyrics to find a better meaning of what story the song is telling you about life. Now, 5 years removed from the release of this Cd, switchfoot are a very successful band across the world. TBL established them as so, with a brilliant array of songs.