Jon Foreman has always had a gift when it comes to singing soft songs as apart of Switchfoot, but how does he do when he's on his own?
"The Cure for Pain" starts off wonderfully for the two disc set. Good rhythm, vocals and lyrics; a very nice song. The same goes for "Learning how to die" beginning Winter. Unfortunately, that's about it. For the twelve tracks available between the two cds, less than half are what you'd expect from the leader of Switchfoot.
"Southbound Train" has a catchy rhythm, but is just a little too country for me. "Equally skilled" has a wonderful chorus, but the lack of lyrical creativity is very evident.
"How miserable I am
I feel like a fruit-picker
Who arrived here
After the harvest
There's nothing here at all
Nothing at all here
That could placate my hunger
The godly people are all gone
There's not one honest soul left alive
Here on the planet
We're all murderers and thieves
Setting traps here
For even our brothers"
Beautiful lyrics indeed, but the lack of rhyming and general coordination just make it sound almost improvised. He sounds at times like he's trying to squeeze syllables into a line.
To be honest, I wish he would have done things more like "Only Hope," or even "Yesterdays", but then I suppose it would be Switchfoot, and not Jon Foreman. Still, I recommend this CD if you are a loyal Switchfoot fan, or if you've always thought that Jon sounded better soft.