Got my hands on a copy of the latest Foo Fighters album, which I have been eagerly anticipating. I've never done this before, but I thought I'd do a live review. I'm going to listen to the album, and post my thoughts on songs as they come. A live play by play if you will. Let me know what you think of the album if you get a chance to listen to it as well, and give me an album you would want me to review this way as well. I know it's a different and cool way to review one.
Let's crank it up.
Got the headphones on, so I can listen to everything crystal clear!
Bridge Burning- Love the intensity starting off in this song. The drums are just kicking, and the guitars are rocking out. Dave's vocals are coming through and make me think of the older albums a bit. Love the way the vocals can get so quiet and loud, but are delivered powerfully. Way to open the album.
Rope- Single off the album that I've heard a few times. Like the harmony between Taylor and Dave on singing in the verse. "Give me some rope I'm coming loose, I'm pulling for you" is a cool line that makes me think you just need that person in your life that you can count on. The bridge part is sweet with all the instruments working together like the well oiled machine that is the Foo Fighters. Drums once again just have an intensity that I think has been missing from past albums.
Dear Rosemary- Feels a bit different from the typical Foo Fighters song, but still hits you hard like a FF song. Like the layers of guitars. Feels like there's more than just the three guitars playing. Cool singing interaction between Bob Mould, Husker Du fame, and Dave Grohl in the bridge before the final chorus.
So far so good.
Great opening to the album.
Three songs that really set the stage.
Glad I put the headphones on for this album, so I can hear everything clear.
White Limo- Hard rocking song that has some cool vocal effect on it. The drums keep hitting it home for me. Just love to hear Taylor play them. And the guitars are cranking it out with some great distortion. Fun middle of the road song.
Arlandria- Vocals and guitar start this song which I think is a great way to start out. I like the way Dave sings with just a guitar. Cool bass lines running through the chorus and the verses. First time I really heard the bass come out in this album. Loving the chorus, I think Dave is singing it just right for the song. Once again the quiet and loud is such a great effect that the Foo Fighters always seem to nail.
These Days- Another guitar and vocals introduction to the song. Sort of mellow song that just rocks along. Makes me think a little like this song would be "Times like these." Not a bad thing at all, just trying to match up what I'm thinking. The chorus knocks it up a notch. Everything kicks in, and gets you moving. Brings it back down for the verse after the bridge. Great outro to get rocking again.
I'd put Arlandria and These Days as a two pack.
Same thing going on in them and a mellow drop to the album.
Back and Forth- Loving the guitar work before the chorus. Almost a "punky" type chorus, which is something different the Foo would be doing. Sounds a bit like the typical Foo sound with guitar variations here and there that really catch your ear. listen for that guitar work in the pre chorus, just sounds really cool.
A Matter of Time- Some different sounds working in the pre chorus. Like the lead guitar in the verse. Sounds like Taylor is singing some more with Dave, and they are definitely in harmony with each other. Liking the vocals like that. Chorus kicks in like a chorus should. Definitely some guitar work going on that you need to listen for.
Miss the Misery- Rocking introduction with some distorted guitars. Things step back a little bit for the verse, and Dave's singing takes the front. Cool breakdown/bridge part, where all the instruments get a chance to show off. Back to the chorus, and we're rocking it again.
I Should Have Known- A slower song that sounds like the Skin and Bones type sound. Picks up a little bit, but almost feels like a slow jazzy song. Strings are heard in the background giving the song the jazzy feel. Bass can really be heard in parts, fun to hear it like that.
Walk- Starting off slow and quiet, but everything kicks in, and we get the rocking. Typical Foo song that has everything right there so you can hear the guitars, bass, drums, and singing. Gets me moving once again. head rocking and feeling good! Closing the album and leaving on a high note. "i'm dancing on my grave" another great line by the godlike genius.
Overall, I'm happy with this effort. I think the Foo really brought it up a notch, and this is better than the past album. There's a bit of different things happening, and I felt like they didn't want to hold back on ideas. There are a few slower songs, but they still hold their place in the Foo catalog. It's cool knowing that this was recorded analog and old school. Just on a first listen, I would place this in the top half of albums by Foo Fighters.