- Audio CD (10 Nov. 2014)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: CD
- Label: Columbia
- ASIN: B00MIA0L9U
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (553 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 778 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Sonic Highways CD
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Though not a soundtrack album by any stretch, Sonic Highways shares its title with the Dave Grohl-directed eight-episode HBO series described by Grohl as a love letter to the history of American music. For the album and series, Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett and Pat Smear wrote and recorded one song in each of these eight cities, delving into the local musical currents: how each region shaped these musicians in their formative years, and in turn the impact those people had on the cultural fabric of their hometowns.
All songs feature local legends sitting in, with every lyric written in an unprecedented experimental style: Dave held off on putting down words until the last day of each session, so as to be inspired by the experiences, interviews for the HBO series, and other local personalities who became part of the process.
Top Customer Reviews
When I first took a look at the list of songs I was disappointed at the shortage of tracks. I totted up the running time and again I was disappointed. Just like everyone else I'd waited ages for this, so where was it? Why is it so short?
So I started listening, not really knowing what to expect but I guess I still had that feeling of disappointment about me and I'm not sure if that tainted my first listen but I wasn't overly impressed. It was OK, a couple of tunes felt good but nothing to blow me away.
So I listened to it again. I actually listened to it about four times in succession (I'm one of those lucky types who can listen to music in work) and it started to work it's magic on me.
That was about a week ago and I can honestly say I have not yet got through a day without playing this album, I absolutely love it and I'm completely hooked.
All of the tracks have something different and there isn't a bad tune on the album. What is pretty cool is the way it makes you think about why they've written each song as they have, so if you are like me (a geek!) you'll be on Wikipedia doing your research.
One reason I want to write this is because I've read a lot of negative comments, not just on here but generally online, saying how it's not really an album in the image of the Foos and that it's more a soundtrack to support the HBO shows. Really? If you played me The Feast and The Famine and asked me to guess the artist it would be a no-brainer.Read more ›
But I've listened again, three more times actually, and I think I can say there are at least two or three future festival pleasers in there now...Its grown on me a lot after I got rid of my expectations.
Don't dismiss it until you've listened to it properly....It'll be getting at least one more spin this evening in this place.
I've never been a fan of the Foo Fighters before this. Not because I didn't like them, I just seemed to have missed them somehow, but on the evidence of this album I'm happy to start discovering them.
I absolutely love this. What Did I Do/God As My Witness, Something From Nothing and Congregation are the stand out tracks for me and I Am A River is the perfect closing- I do like it when the sequencing of an album has obviously been subject to some thought.Beautifully produced and superbly played this is Rock and Roll like I like it.
I'm looking forward to the TV series becoming available to buy, it's the perfect accompaniment to this CD.
I think I'll go and give it its 20th play this week now!
A mix of classic sounds with new influences, Sonic Highways is a must for all Foo fans and music lovers alike.
Would highly recommend anybody adding this to their collection!
In short, it's a typical Foo Fighters album. There's nothing revolutionary here, and if you didn't know it you would be hard pressed to tell that it was recorded in 8 different cities, with their influences in each song.
But that's not a bad thing, the Foo's know how to make good, crowd pleasing music, and you can imagine pretty much all of the tracks on this album (with, IMO, the exception of Subterranean - which I just plain do not like) being banged out at gigs and festivals. Places where the Foo's excel.
Stand out songs for me are "Something From Nothing", the exceptional "Congregation" and the sweeping "I Am A River" (which is destined to be a first set closer) - but I do wish there was more, as 8 songs seems pretty stingy.
Overall though, if you like Foo Fighter, you're going to like this
As a follow to Wasting Light, this is a VERY worthy successor. Recorded in 8 different cities, pulling lyrical inspiration and a guest musician to represent their city, Sonic Highways takes Foo Fighters into ambitious territory and takes their into a new direction while retaining everything that sounds like Foo Fighters. The best way to describe this record for me is a hybrid of There Is Nothing To Lose with Wasting Light. The first half of the record is the more upbeat half while the later half is the more experimental / mid tempo half. I've seen a lot of reviews criticizing this record for not pulling off massive genre hopping concepts on each song, this isn't the point of Sonic Highways. The point was to renew the recording process for them and to bring new found lyrical / instrumentation influence from their locations, which they definitely do.
Something From Nothing kicks off the record with wonderful Chris Shiflett slide guitar riffs inspired by the Chicago blues, while The Feast and The Famine beats us to the ground with its rich DC punk influenced guitar strumming and go-go beat drumming. Congregation bring the band together with Zac Brown to create a country influenced song that hits heavy in the middle section. What Did I Do? / God As My Witness takes a leap onto new ground, as Foo Fighters embrace a very Queen like cinematic approach. This song is very much the Bohemian Rhapsody of Foo Fighters songs.Read more ›