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Southern California band Switchfoot has never been shy about addressing social issues in its music, and their eleventh full-length album, Native Tongue, is no exception. In these polarizing times, some of the loudest voices stem from anger and fear. Lead singer Jon Foreman puts it this way: “Hatred is not your native tongue. Love is our native tongue.”

The 14-track album features Switchfoot’s signature rock sound on the title track but also highlights reflective songs such as “Prodigal Soul,” “Joy Invincible,” and “Voices.”

A line in the title tracks sums up the band’s mission with this album: “Use your lungs for love and not the shadows.” After about a three-year break between records, Switchfoot’s return brings a welcome positive and upbeat voice. (Fantasy)

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