Live in San Diego (DVD)
- reviewed by Andy Argyrakis Copyright Christianity Today International
- 2004 1 Mar
- This Is Your Life
- Learning to Breathe
- More Than Fine
- Adding to the Noise
- On Fire
- The Beautiful Letdown
- Meant to Live
- Dare You to Move
Switchfoot's mainstream tour, which hit some of the nation's most prestigious clubs, is captured on
Foreman appears timid, even nervous, in his delivery on many tracks, from the anthemic opener "This is Your Life" to suave rocker "More Than Fine" to mega smash "Meant to Live." Unlike his fearless stage presence in person, here he seems to have cracked under the camera's pressure, calculating each note and motion with awkward precision.
Fans' aren't exactly framed at their most optimal enjoyment level, appearing subdued through the inspirational build of "Twenty Four," the mantra-like "Learning to Breathe" and the normally electrifying encore "Dare You to Move." The camera occasionally catches a crowd surfer or someone with a raised hand, but it's not at the frenetic degree that typically marks Switchfoot shows.
Notably absent are the band's old songs—which were played on tour—including material from 1997's
Considering the way Switchfoot was heralded by critics—Christian and mainstream—as one of the best bands of 2003, this DVD is truly a letdown. Instead of watching Switchfoot on the small screen, check them out at a venue near you where they really are larger than life.