Native Tongue (Switchfoot album)

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Native Tongue
Studio album by
ReleasedJanuary 18, 2019 (2019-01-18)
StudioMelody League Studios, San Diego[1]
GenreAlternative rock, pop rock
Switchfoot chronology
Where the Light Shines Through
Native Tongue
Singles from Native Tongue
  1. "Native Tongue"
    Released: October 19, 2018
  2. "Voices"
    Released: November 16, 2018
  3. "All I Need"
    Released: December 14, 2018
  4. "Let It Happen"
    Released: January 4, 2019
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[2]

Native Tongue is the eleventh studio album by American alternative rock band Switchfoot. It was released on January 18, 2019 through Fantasy Records.[1][3][4] 'Native Tongue' is the first Switchfoot album since 2003's 'The Beautiful Letdown' to not crack the Top 20 in the Billboard 200 albums chart. The album reached No. 41 in its opening week. The album did however reach No. 2 on the Billboard Christian albums chart.



"Native Tongue" was released on October 19, 2018 as the first single was written by Jon Foreman, Tim Foreman and Brent Kutzle of OneRepublic and released on October 19, 2018.[1] The video for the track premiered on Paste magazine's website the same day.[3]

"Voices" was released on November 16, 2018 as the second single and the music video was released on the same day, and also to streaming services on November 16, 2018.[5]Switchfoot will promote the album with a North American Native Tongue Tour, with supporting acts Colony House and Tyson Motsenbocker.[1]

"All I Need" was released on December 14, 2018 across all streaming platforms, followed by "Let it Happen" on January 4, 2019.

Track listing[edit]

1."Let It Happen"4:41
2."Native Tongue"4:38
3."All I Need"3:08
5."Dig New Streams"3:45
6."Joy Invincible"3:42
7."Prodigal Soul"3:51
8."The Hardest Art" (featuring Kaela Sinclair)4:13
9."Wonderful Feeling"4:06
10."Take My Fire"3:45
11."The Strength to Let Go"4:18
13."We're Gonna Be Alright"2:55
14."You're the One I Want"2:05


Native Tongue is Switchfoot's first studio album since Learning to Breathe, in 2000, not to crack the top 20 on the Billboard 200. It is also Switchfoot's first studio album since Hello Hurricane, in 2009, not to peak at number 1 on the Billboard Top Christian Albums chart. It is Switchfoot's longest studio album by track listing, and the second-longest by duration, beaten only by Vice Verses.



Chart (2019) Peak
Australian Digital Albums (ARIA)[7] 20
US Billboard 200[8] 41
US Christian Albums (Billboard)[9] 2
US Top Alternative Albums (Billboard)[10] 5
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[11] 4


  1. ^ a b c d "Switchfoot Announces New Album Native Tongue and North American Tour". Fantasy Records. October 19, 2018. Retrieved October 20, 2018.
  2. ^ allmusic
  3. ^ a b Kamp, Justin (October 19, 2018). "Exclusive: Switchfoot Return with "Native Tongue"". Paste. Retrieved October 20, 2018.
  4. ^ "Native Tongue". iTunes. Retrieved October 20, 2018.
  5. ^ ""Voices" Official Music Video Announcement". Facebook. November 16, 2018. Retrieved November 16, 2018.
  6. ^ a b Information from the album booklet.
  7. ^ "ARIA Top 50 Digital Albums Chart" (PDF). Australian Recording Industry Association. January 28, 2019. Retrieved January 26, 2019.
  8. ^ "Switchfoot Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved January 29, 2019.
  9. ^ "Switchfoot Chart History (Christian Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved January 29, 2019.
  10. ^ "Switchfoot Chart History (Top Alternative Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved January 29, 2019.
  11. ^ "Switchfoot Chart History (Top Rock Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved January 29, 2019.