Review : Foo Fighters - Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace
MusicomhConsidering he was one-third of one of the most influential acts on the planet, it's funny to think that Dave Grohl is now best known as 'leader of the Foo Fighters' rather than 'drummer in Nirvana'.
Yet twelve years and six albums into their career, it's the Foos that now define Grohl. Miles away from the tortured punk of his former band, the Foos have cornered the market in radio-friendly rock custom-made to scream along to....full text
IgnA distinctly Beatlesesque aura surrounds the opening track on Foo Fighters' latest salvo. "The Pretender" kicks off the group's sixth studio effort with a quick, shifting throwback to the past, but quickly reverts to standard M.O. with Dave Grohl's impassioned quasi-scream vocals and the band's characteristic guitar assault. There's some mock country swagger during the bridge at the 3-minute mark, then its all blitz and surge before returning to the Beatles lilt and finally hitting a crescendo with maximum impact....full text
PitchforkmediaEarlier this year, RCA released a 10th anniversary edition of the Foo Fighters' The Colour and the Shape, a reminder of the days when the group wrote big songs that were both catchy and palatable. The nostalgia trip continues on the band's latest album, Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace, which reunites the Foos with Colour producer Gil Norton (who has since worked with Jimmy Eat World, Maxïmo Park, and Morningwood, among others). The result, however, feels like a retread, a shame for a band that-- as one of the few late 1990s/early 2000s modern rock groups to enjoy a long run of success-- has practically become a walking metonym for alt-rock in the same way Kleenex has for tissues....full text
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