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The Foo Fighters' finest moment, hands down,
This review is from: The Colour and the Shape (Audio CD)
Imagine if you will being Dave Grohl during the writing and recording of this album. The press have been attacking you left right and center for 'daring to put out music that sounds like Nirvana', for putting an album out (1995's Foo Fighters) without the massive hits that a whole generation screamed their hearts out to, effectively forcing your drummer out: being one of rock's finest ever drummers and re-recording over the entire album's worth of drum-tracks after feeling that they lacked the certain 'something' which would propel your songs to the next level, all the while having your personal life in turmoil. The immense amount of pressure to prove a point to everyone and the personal troubles hanging over you would be something under which one would either crumble, or create an absolute diamond. 'The Colour and the Shape' is the latter.
A storming album from start to finish, featuring massive tracks such as 'Monkey Wrench' - which opens the album with angry defiance, 'Hey! Johnny Park' - an underrated but huge track, 'My Hero' - Grohl's ode to the 'ordinary' heroes which he grew up idolizing, and of course 'Everlong' - a hopeful love ballad and driving rock song rolled into one, and arguably the Foo Fighters' most famous track. Although these four songs are arguably the standouts, the album is most powerful when it is played from start to finish. The Colour and the Shape is a highly emotional album: somehow the song's on the album could relate to both the end of Grohl's first marriage as well as stepping out on his own and finally standing out on his own, and shaking the comparisons to Nirvana once and for all. The fragile opening track 'Doll' where Grohl proclaims that he's 'never been so scared' explodes into 'Monkey Wrench', where he replaces fragility with defiance. By the end of the album, having gone through iterations of denial (Up in Arms), slow acceptance (February Stars), hope (Everlong), and finally determination (New Way Home), the listener is left with a feeling that they've been on an emotional journey - one which (in my opinion) the Foo Fighters have never equalled.