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Foo Fighters – Sonic Highways [Review]

Foo_Fighters_8LP_Sonic_HighwaysFoo Fighters – Sonic Highways
2014, RCA Records/Roswell Records

1. Something From Nothing
2. The Feast and The Famine
3. Congregation
4. What Did I Do?/God As My Witness
5. Outside
6. In The Clear
7. Subterranean
8. I Am A River

Finally! An album with only eight tracks! Dave Grohl gets it. He’s kind of an old school guy when it comes to rock, so I’m not sure it he did it on purpose but to release only 8-10 tracks on your album seems like a throwback idea to me (and always a good one). I’m always wary of any band that wants to put 15 or 17 songs on an album because you know just there’s going to be tons of filler.

Plus, as I’m getting older, I’m finding I’m unfortunately devoting less and less time to listening to music so it’s nice to see a fairly short album. Okay, so there’s only one song clocking in at under four minutes (just barely, and the longest song is seven minutes long), but it’s still nice to not stare at a wall of track list.

Sonic Highways almost seems more like a project in a way, rather than a band album. Does it sound like the Foo Fighters? Yes. But it’s different in that the album was recorded in conjunction with a HBO series and each song was recorded in a different city with various special guests. The guest list includes Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielson, Zac Brown, Joe Walsh and band-mates from Grohl’s ’80s band, Scream.

Not as star studded (IMO) as the Sound City: Real to Reel album, but in a way, Sonic Highways seems like an expansion of Grohl’s Sound City documentary/album project.

As I said, the songs still sound like Foo Fighters, despite the fact “Something From Nothing” lifts from Dio’s “Holy Diver”! The rest is what you’d expect from the Foo Fighters from this point and it stands as a worthy addition to the band’s catalog but I think it falls short from being as good as 2011’s Wasting Light.

Highlights: “Something From Nothing”, “What Did I Do?/God As My Witness”, “Subterranean”

Foo Fighters – Wasting Light

Foo Fighters – Wasting Light (2011, RCA Records/Roswell Records)

1. “Bridge Burning” … 4:47
2. “Rope” … 4:19
3. “Dear Rosemary” … 4:26
4. “White Limo” … 3:22
5. “Arlandria” … 4:28
6. “These Days” … 4:58
7. “Back & Forth” … 3:52
8. “A Matter of Time” … 4:36
9. “Miss the Misery” … 4:33
10. “I Should Have Known” … 4:16
11. “Walk” … 4:16

Dave Grohl – Lead Vocals, Guitar
Pat Smear – Guitar
Chris Shiflett – Guitar, Backing Vocals
Nate Mendel – Bass
Taylor Hawkins – Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals

Additional Musicians:
Bob Mould – Guitar, Backing vocals (“Dear Rosemary”)
Krist Novoselic – Bass, Accordion (“I Should Have Known”)
Rami Jaffee – Keyboards, Mellotron, Organ (“Bridge Burning”, “Rope”, “I Should Have Known”, “Walk”)

Producer: Butch Vig & Foo Fighters

Dave Grohl has got to be one of the hardest working guys in music. If he isn’t recording or touring with Foo Fighters, he’s got some other side project going on. I’ve always felt Foo Fighters were a good band. One of the best to spring out the ’90s in fact, but alternative rock isn’t even close to being a much-loved genre of mine so despite owning There Is Nothing Left to Lose (1999), One By One (2002) and the exhausting double disc In Your Honor (2005) I was never a HUGE fan. Though they weren’t bad albums, I began to lose my interest with the two albums following There Is Nothing Left to Lose so I didn’t even bother to pick up 2007’s Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace.

So why did I pick up Wasting Light? Purely by chance I caught the music video (YES — music video) on VH1 (YES — VH1) for “Rope” the Monday before the album’s release. I’ve always felt FF did a really good job at writing quirky yet catchy hard rock songs and “Rope” was no exception. I couldn’t get it out of my head so I ran to the computer to check out some reviews where I ran across one of my usual review sites and they said it was their best and most focused album yet. High praise considering their first three albums were all very well received.

While there are a few songs that fall flat with me (“Dear Rosemary”, “White Limo”) for the most part this is the catchy alternative hard rock that the Foo Fighters are known for. “Rope” is classic Foo, “Back & Forth” is one of the band’s better commercial sounding songs and “Arlandria” is near and dear to my own heart since I am a Virginia boy just like Grohl and “I Should Have Known” is a ballad that has got to be one of the band’s better songs.

If you’ve never been impressed by the Foo Fighters, this album won’t win you over. But for the already converted? This is a much welcome return to form, so to speak. It certainly has reaffirmed my faith in the band and has got to be one of 2011’s best releases.

Highlights: “Rope”, “Arlandria”, “Back & Forth”, “Miss The Misery”, “I Should Have Known”, “Walk”

FOO FIGHTERS – There Is Nothing Left to Lose

Foo Fighters – There Is Nothing Left to Lose (1999, RCA Records)

Track Listing:
1. “Stacked Actors” … 4:17
2. “Breakout” … 3:21
3. “Learn to Fly” … 3:58
4. “Gimme Stitches” … 3:42
5. “Generator” … 3:48
6. “Aurora” … 5:50
7. “Live-In Skin” … 3:53
8. “Next Year” … 4:37
9. “Headwires” … 4:38
10. “Ain’t It the Life” … 4:17
11. “M.I.A.” … 4:03

Dave Grohl – Vocals, Guitar, Drums
Nate Mendel – Bass
Taylor Hawkins – Drums

Produced by: Adam Kasper & Foo Fighters

Though the alternative scene has never been my preferred genre, Foo Fighters are one of the bands that stands far above the rest. This was my first Foo Fighter album (though I was familiar with their singles from their two previous albums) and probably my favorite.

The first half of the album rocks the hardest, the second half for the most part slows down and gets a little too melancholy for me.

Highlights: “Stacked Actors”, “Breakout”, “Learn to Fly”, “Gimme Stitches”, “Generator”, “Headwires”

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