Inspired by the American public that Dave Grohl met on the trail while campaigning for John Kerry during the 2004 US Election campaign, In Your Honour
could easily have fallen flat, a casualty of George W Bushs triumphant return to the Whitehouse. That it isnt is thanks to Grohls garrulous enthusiasm and skill for songs that vibrate with Everyman optimism after all, who else in rock could snarl a line like "Its a shame we have to die my dear/ No-ones getting out of here alive" ("DOA") and still sound like theyre beaming from ear to ear?
Sprawling across two CDs one rock, one acoustic In Your Honour perhaps suffers from the overarching ambitions common to the double album format: despite gems like "Hell" and "The Last Song", the first disc is a little one-paced to hold your attention to the end. The acoustic disc, however, is a surprisingly eclectic success. "Friend Of A Friend", written back in 1992 while Grohl was still drumming in Nirvana, broods with a dark intensity, while the presence of guests Led Zeppelins John Paul Jones and chanteuse Norah Jones who duets with Grohl on gently intriguing lounge-jazz number "Virginia Moon" - lend In Your Honour an intriguing extra dimension. --Louis Pattison
FOO FIGHTERS In Your Honor (2005 UK 21-track 2-CD album set comprising 2 very different albums - one loud one not so loud including the single Best Of You plus 10 acoustic recordings boasting a collaboration with Norah Jones a track written and sung by Taylor with Dave on drums! With contributions from John Paul Jones plus BONUS TRACK
The Sign sealed & stickered picture sleeve)