New Way to Be Human

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New Way to Be Human
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 11, 1999
Recordedre:think Studio
GenreAlternative rock, indie rock
Labelre:think Records
ProducerCharlie Peacock
Switchfoot chronology
The Legend of Chin
New Way to Be Human
Learning to Breathe
Singles from New Way To Be Human
  1. "New Way To Be Human"
  2. "Incomplete"
  3. "Company Car"
Professional ratings
Review scores
Jesus Freak Hideout4/5 stars[1]
Allmusic3.5/5 stars[2]
Cross Rhythms8/10 stars[3]

New Way to Be Human is the second studio album by the band Switchfoot. It was released on March 11, 1999 under independent label re:think Records,[4][5] which was distributed by Sparrow Records. The song "Only Hope" was featured in the movie A Walk To Remember and the tracks "New Way to Be Human," "Something More (Augustine's Confession)" and "I Turn Everything Over" received substantial play on Christian radio.


A book of the same name has also been written by producer Charlie Peacock. The intro to the book is written by Jon Foreman, Switchfoot's lead singer and songwriter.

Lyrical philosophy[edit]

Both "Sooner or Later (Soren's Song)", and "Something More (Augustine's Confession)" are based upon the works of philosophers. "Something More" is based upon a series of books known as Confessions, that were written by Augustine of Hippo.[6] About "Sooner or Later" Jon Foreman has said that "Sooner or later we all have to deal with the frightening reality that there is much that is wrong in the world... This is Soren's song... These are his thoughts as best as I understand them,"[7] alluding to the philosophy of Danish Christian philosopher Søren Kierkegaard. The song also references Jean-Paul Sartre's idea that men are "condemned to be free".


The songs are alternative rock/jangle pop based. "New Way to Be Human" has two keys: E major and C Major. "New Way to be Human" has been remixed one time.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Jon Foreman, except where noted. Tracks 1, 2, and 4 were released as the album's singles.

1."New Way to Be Human"Jon Foreman, Douglas Kaine McKelvey3:36
2."Incomplete"Jon Foreman, Tim Foreman4:13
3."Sooner or Later (Soren's Song)" 3:58
4."Company Car" 3:13
5."Let That Be Enough" 2:38
6."Something More (Augustine's Confession)"Jon Foreman, Douglas Kaine McKelvey4:00
7."Only Hope" 4:13
8."Amy's Song" 4:30
9."I Turn Everything Over" 3:21
10."Under the Floor" (The song "Under the Floor" ends at minute 3:07. After 15 seconds of silence, at minute 3:22 begins an untitled hidden song: it's a brief radio jingle.) 3:55


Additional musicians[8]


  1. ^ Jesus Freak Hideout review
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ Kirk, Trevor (June 1999). "Switchfoot - New Way To Be Human". Cross Rhythms (51).
  4. ^ "New Way to Be Human by Switchfoot". iTunes. Retrieved September 18, 2014.
  5. ^ "New Way To Be Human: Switchfoot". Retrieved September 18, 2014.
  6. ^ Beauty and the Beat - published June 19, 2003 (retrieved September 16, 2006)
  7. ^ 24 Voices Archived 2005-02-17 at the Wayback Machine - (retrieved September 16, 2006)
  8. ^ a b CD Liner Notes

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