When this album first came out, I was a little disturbed. I thought Switchfoot had taken a turn for the worst.....or at least the weirder. I mean Jon is crying on the cover for heaven's sake! But it's grown on me, and become yet another wonderful link in the Switchfoot saga.
The CD starts out with its title track "Oh! Gravity.". While I'll admit the lyrics don't always make sense, ("Oh, Gravity, why can't we seem to keep it together"???) it's still a wonderful song, very catchy. My favorite, and IMHO the BEST song off this album, if not all of Switchfoot is "Awakening". I call it the "We are one tonight" of "Oh! Gravity." It has such a powerful message and sound. I have to admit, they RUINED it with the music video, but still, it's the best song, no doubt.
"American Dream", "In this life", "Burn out bright", and "4:12" are all terrific songs with differing sounds, but still a ton of the Switchfoot sound that we all love. "Faust, Midas, and Myself" stands alone as probably the most convicting, if you will, song off the CD, repeating the line "We've one life left to lead." "Amateur Lovers" just annoys me to no end, "Circles" is better, but still irritating. "Yesterdays" and "Let your love be strong" are the slow tracks of the album. "Yesterdays" is a wonderfully written, and almost mournful, but still fun to listen to. "Let your love be strong" is almost completely Jon, and is more like Switchfoot's earlier works, such as "Only Hope" or "Amy's Song".
Overall, it's a wonderful album. "Beautiful Letdown" might have been a tad better, but this one's still worth a listen, and a buy. I give it a 8/10.