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The Colour And The Re-Shape,
This review is from: The Colour And The Shape: 10th Anniversary Edition (Audio CD)
Time and again I have been disappointed by Foo Fighters albums, simply because every release after 1997 has failed to live up to The Colour And The Shape. Upon the release of every new album the band proclaim it'll be better than anything they have ever done but I don't think they will ever better this album. This is when the Foos blended blistering rock with great melodies to near perfection. Let's use Monkey Wrench as an example - a finely tuned rock beast with awesome riffs and the kind of "free spirit" passion the band has struggled to maintain since. This was an exctiting and accomplished album with almost no weak links and yet I find most of Foo Fighters new stuff relatively bland these days.
So why only three stars for such a damn good album? Well the album in its original form certainly deserves the full five stars but I can't hide the disappointment in the 6 bonus tracks - they are crap! The production isn't as good as the 13 main album tracks (presumably because the bonus tracks have not been remastered) and the vocals are dull. Most are cover versions, with the exception of Dear Lover (a reasonable track I suppose - the only one!) and The Colour And The Shape (a simply dreadful mess of a track). We also have a dull version of Baker Street..... yawn. If you don't already own The Colour And The Shape then this is the version to get (for completist reasons if nothing else) yet I can't recommend the re-release to existing owners. Unfortunately I feel I've wasted money on 6 bonus tracks I will never listen to, seeing as I already had the album.