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Review: Foo Fighters, Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace

Foo Fighters are a quartet fronted by Dave Grohl who first rose to national attention as the drummer in Nirvana.  He sings, and plays guitar and piano with Foo Fighters.  The other members espgof the band are Taylor Hawkins (drums, piano, vocals), Nate Mendel (bass), and Chris Shifflet (guitar).  Perhaps because of Grohl’s participation, Foo Fighters have been a highly popular rock band from their self-titled first album  released in 1995.  Although ESP&G is their sixth studio album, it’s the first I’ve listened to and so for all their popularity I’m hearing them with fresh ears.

ESP&G is pretty much a straightforward melodic rock album that combines big electric guitars with quiet acoustic guitars, sometimes in the same song.  Grohl is still enamored of the quiet-loud dynamic that Nirvana employed so effectively although now he tends more to build from quiet openings to crashing endings  rather than the alternating passages that characterized Nirvana.  In the hands of a lesser musician or a less adept band this might come off as tired and stale.  But the Foo Fighters are a solid rock band and they lay this stuff down like the consumate professionals they are.  It helps that they rarely sacrifice melody and hooks for empty bombast. 

The album is well paced with a dynamite opening one-two punch in “The Pretender” and the terrific “Let It Die”.  The big rock numbers are effectively broken up with different types of songs.  “Summer’s End” is almost a classic country-rock number with a hooked chorus that begs you to learn the words and sing along.  It’s one of the best things on the album.  “Stranger Things Have Happened” is a mid-tempo acoustic number with a melodic line carried in the guitars that is reeling me in the more I listen to it.  “Ballad of the Beaconsfield Miners” is a backporch finger-picking acoustic guitar duet between Grohl and guest Kaki King.  As an example of this style of music it’s pretty ordinary but it works well to vary the overall sound envelope of the album.

 I have no idea how long-time fans of the Foo Fighters will respond to ESP&G.  As someone listening to the band for the first time I like it quite a lot.  If you don’t know these guys but would like to hear some big anthemic melodic rock, ESP&G is worth checking out.

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11/16/2007 - Posted by | CD reviews, music, music reviews

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