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The Colour And The Shape
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
I dont think 1,000 words is enough to describe the awsomeness of this album,so rather than babble on i'll try to be brief. After Dave Grohl leaving Nirvana he has moved on to bigger and much much better things. The lyrics are incredible and even if you're not a huge Foo fan you will be impressed. The contrast of music is amazing,with a slow ballad (Doll) opening the album and leading into the racy Monkey Wrench afterwards you will listen to the album with enthusiastic intent. My personal favourite on the album is Hey,Johny Park! and my only complaint is that there's not enough of that wonderfull guitar solo by Grohl. The vocals aby Dave are incredible, with the calm, tranquil chords on Doll and yet the hugely powerful screaming (not at all gratuitous) in Enough Space and Monkey Wrench.
YOU HAVE TO OWN THIS ALBUM
Every song gets five stars.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Formed by former Nirvana drummer, Dave Grohl, Foo Fighters initially came under a lot of pressure from critics out to prove that Grohl was just cashing in on his former band's success. As if they hadn't been proven wrong enough by the excellent debut, they were sure to be eating their words when 'The Colour and the Shape' was released.
Often considered to be the Foos' best, the album is a collection of delicious pop-rock classics, full of bounce and melody. Unlike most bands within the genre, Foo Fighters have a real feeling of originality and depth behind their song writing.
The songs are generally built around soft and delicate sections which burst into the punked up choruses. There are also slight metal overtones which add an extra weight to the songs. Some of the best examples of this can be seen in 'Monkey Wrench', 'Hey, Johnny Park!' and 'My Hero'. Then there are quieter ballad moments, such as 'Doll' and 'Walking After You'. However, the standout track, many would agree, is the dream-like 'Everlong' - it simply has to be heard.
In short, 'The Colour and the Shape' is an essential album with some of the best tunes and melodies you will ever hear. Buy it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 21 March 2004
If you have gone out and purchased the latest Foo fighters album 'One by one', or your just a fan of rock music wishing to broaden your horizons, and have not yet heard the Foo fighters earlier material then be sure to add 'The color and shape' to your collection. In fact, you could call it illegal to not own this album! It is by far the greatest Foo Fighters album, with the classic punk anthems 'monkey wrench' and 'wind up', and the anthemic 'My hero', the beautiful 'walking after you' will bring a tear to your eye! Who could forget the greatest ever Foo fighters song (and quite possibly the greatest, period) 'everlong', with a great video to match! Needless to say, if your a Foo fighters fan or a fan of rock, you MUST own this album.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
This can easily be classed as one of the Foo's best albums. It has some brilliant tracks, 'Monkey Wrench', 'My hero' and the anthem 'Everlong', which are all simply outstanding. The whole album is superb though, very uplifting and just great rock, perfect for those summer days out. This is a great place to start if you're new to the foo's and an excellent addition for any existing foo fans, a must have album!

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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Formed by former Nirvana drummer, Dave Grohl, Foo Fighters initially came under a lot of pressure from critics out to prove that Grohl was just cashing in on his former band's success. As if they hadn't been proven wrong enough by the excellent debut, they were sure to be eating their words when 'The Colour and the Shape' was released.
Often considered to be the Foos' best, the album is a collection of delicious pop-rock classics, full of bounce and melody. Unlike most bands within the genre, Foo Fighters have a real feeling of originality and depth behind their song writing.
The songs are generally built around soft and delicate sections which burst into the punked up choruses. There are also slight metal overtones which add an extra weight to the songs. Some of the best examples of this can be seen in 'Monkey Wrench', 'Hey, Johnny Park!' and 'My Hero'. Then there are quieter ballad moments, such as 'Doll' and 'Walking After You'. However, the standout track, many would agree, is the dream-like 'Everlong' - it simply has to be heard.
In short, 'The Colour and the Shape' is an essential album with some of the best tunes and melodies you will ever hear. Buy it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
foo fighters second album is an album that i will never grow tired off,in some ways this was their last great album,those that followed have their moments but they dont have the hunger that this displayed,their debut is great but this is better,there isnt a bad song on here,the songs range from hard kicking rock songs,to anthemic ballads to electronic tinged songs,its all good here folks,this is a band that were overflowing with ideas and although dave grohl has a big ego,on this he was in top form and had the songs to back up his belief in his band.

the album opens with the melancholy doll which is a sleepy opener,which sends you into a false sense of security before the classic monkey wrench kicks in and what a riff and chorus,that song never sickens me,hey johnny park follows and again is a melodic,sing a long classic,my poor brain follows and is so infectious that even your granny would be hard pressed not to sing along,but folks the good songs keep rolling such as wind up,up in arms,my hero,see you,crikey they are all good,i could just list them all.Walking after you is one of my favourite foo songs of all time,its a perfect ballad with profound lyrics and a cracking middle eight segment,this is an album that needs a nice warm place in your cd player from time to time,could this album be perfect,certainly!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 6 October 2007
This album is probably the Foo Fighter's best album, and really show cases the talent of the backing band and lyricist. The album's best tracks are "My Hero" and "Everlong", both of which are absolutely superb, and there are strong tracks like "Monkey Wrench" and "Up in Arms" to keep our blood flowing nicely. The main feature of this album is the fact so many different approaches are tried to tracks and sound, without ever losing the distinctively rocky feel to the whole album, and Grohl's lyrical flair is well exercised by the different types of track. This is strongly recommended to Foo Fighter's fans.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 9 July 2004
If you only got into the Foo Fighters because of their very patchy last album One By One, then shame on you, cos this 1997 classic by Grohl and co was one of the best albums of that decade. There is nothing particularly ground breaking about it, it is just highly enjoyable to listen to and you never tire of it. It was also Grohl showing to the world that he was far more than just "the drummer from Nirvana". Believe the hype. You won't ever hear one bad word about this album. Monkey Wrench and Everlong are the most well known songs here, but the double whammy of Hey Johnny Park and My Poor Brain leaves you senseless. The mid point of the album is still very good, with only Wind Up sounding filler, whilst Up In Arms, My Hero and See You are simple but rocky and upbeat. February Stars finds the band in reflective mood. Grohl always seems to get the tone right between rocking and meaningful mellowness. Walking After You was used on the X Files movie soundtrack. I think this song is a bit plodding but a lot of people like it. My favourite Foos song ever, though, is New Way Home. This should finish every album, sounding very final and a bit sad, before building up to a furious climax. The song also reminds me of one of the best summers of my life so it has a bit of resonance for me.
If you're scouring Amazon looking for classic albums to add to your collection then look no further. Still one of the greatest rock albums of the last 25 years.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 11 September 2003
The Foo Fighters are a band with no pretension. The have no hype. the only promotion that they carry would be the lead singer/songwriter was once the drummer of a band that made it very very big. This was the second album from the bands output and many of the fans believe it to be their most accomplished. All aspects of the cd have heart stopping qualities with rarely found moments of white hot tension and white hot emotion that are all put across with an sound that is in no way false. This album has one those forgotten feelings when its stopped spinning, at once you feel elated and melancholic. It shares this feeling with a great film that you might have cried and laughed with. You want to watch it again but you may feel like that you may tarnish its specialness. Everlong is a much quoted track from this album and it has good reason to be distinguished. The lyrics, the production, the accomplished instrumentalists, the empathy and the voice. They are are all in unison to produce a heart soaring song that can bring terars to your eyes with a confusion of love and sadness. The whole album and the bands output in fact is without comparison in our current pop climate of saccarin sweet hearts trollied into studios and trollied out onto stages. This album is one you recommend to friends. Its been a bit of a secret. Keep it safe. Keep it secret.
I would like Dave Grohl to know the gratitude I keep for having listened to his album on dark and bright days and nights. Buy it and turn it up.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
This can easily be classed as one of the Foo's best albums and now with the extra tracks this album has just got better! It has some brilliant tracks, 'Monkey Wrench', 'My hero' and the anthem 'Everlong', which are all simply outstanding. The whole album is superb though, very uplifting and just great rock, perfect for those summer days out. This is a great place to start if you're new to the foo's and an excellent addition for any existing foo fans, a must have album!

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