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Having commemorated their tenth anniversary with a year-plus run commencing with In Your Honor (a double album the New York Times called an "unexpected magnum opus"), sold out rock arena shows and a toned down intimate theater trek, and a headlining gig at London's Hyde Park for a crowd of 85,000, the question looms larger than any in the Foo Fighters' career to date: What do they do for an encore?!? The answer comes in the form of "The Pretender," the first single from the band's sixth studio album Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace, out on Roswell/RCA. Produced by Gil Norton, who last worked with the band on 1997's double-platinum The Colour and The Shape (recently reissued in deluxe 10th anniversary form), Dave Grohl, bassist Nate Mendel, drummer Taylor Hawkins and guitarist Chris Shiflett have crafted a 12-track milestone that showcases and reconciles the band's every strength and sensibility in the most complex and confident Foo Fighters album to date.
Dave Grohls sixth album fronting post-grunge rockers Foo Fighters finds him softening his game somewhat, although not in the manner of 2005s In Your Honour, which countered the Foos stadium metal moves with a second disc of acoustic songs. Rather, Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace sees Grohl taking cues from his beloved Led Zeppelin, penning a record that incorporates muscular rock shapes with piano ballads ("Statues"), picked acoustic moments ("Come Alive") and free-wheeling, classic-tinged jams like "Summers End"--a song about romantic dalliances in the "sweet Virginia countryside". While its undoubtedly a mature sort of record for the Foo Fighters, however, thats not to say that their edge has been blunted. With the band reunited with producer Gil Norton, whose skill for quiet/loud dynamics did a lot for 1997s The Colour and the Shape, tracks like "The Pretender" and "Erase/Replace" are muscular, dynamic rockers that balance subtle, atmospheric moments with epic bursts of rage. The track "Cheer up Boys (Your Make-Up Is Running)", meanwhile, feels like a jibe at the emo hordes whove tried, but failed, to dislodge Grohls crown. Its the sound of a band growing into middle age gracefully. --Louis Pattison
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While it's probably true that their finest hour was 1997's 'The Colour And The Shape', they haven't had any album that's come close to it....until now.
Working once again with Gil Norton (Who, incidentally, produced 'The Colour and the Shape'), he's brought back the things that some previous Foos records since maybe forgot- a bit of punk and all-out soulful rocking anthems.
And 'Echoes, Silence, patience & Grace' has all of this in bucketloads.
There's variation here. It's a solid progression since their last album, 'In Your Honour'.
It opens with the raucous anthem singalong, 'The Pretender'. It starts disturbingly like Led Zeppelin's 'Stairway to Heaven', but it develops into anything but that. It develops into a punk verse before exploding in the chorus and maintaining that sequence throughout afterwards for four and a half minutes. 'Let It Die' is similar, in the sense that it starts acoustically, before exploding into a stadium-rock singalong. 'Erase/Replace' is different. There is no acoustic intro here at all. It simply feeds in the guitars from the beginning before bursting into punk verses and a mammoth singalong chorus nicely sandwiched in between. 'Long Road To Ruin' is more mainstream, and an obvious future release. The chorus is infectiously catchy and will be a crowd favourite at stadiums around the world, I'm certain of that.
'Come Alive' is perhaps the most spectacular track on the album apart from 'The Pretender'. It's over five minutes long and it's somewhat similar to 'Let It Die'. But it's different because it builds up and up and up before exploding into a giant monster of an anthem. It takes over three minutes to build up to boiling point, but it's well worth it. Unbelievable track. Dave Grohl's screaming voice is relentless as he repeats 'Come alive!' over and over and over. Things quieten down on the slightly disappointing 'Stranger Things Have Happened'. But this song needs to be here somewhere as thirteen tracks of all-out rock would render it to be boring as a record. 'Cheer Up Boys' is classic 'Colour And The Shape' Foos, if only a little more accomplished, however the intro is typical Foos punk as is the pre-chorus. The song itself is decent enough and those of you who appreciate early (ish) Foos punk rock will appreciate this song. 'Summer's End' is a song I really like and while I didn't to begin with, I appreciate it more as time's gone by. It's typical Foo Fighters, but it has a more mature sound somehow. 'Ballad of the Beaconsfield Miners' is awesome- it features Kaki King as guest guitarist here on this interesting instrumental. A clever song, and it's anything but normal Foo Fighters. Superb. 'Statues' is different again, and that's what I enjoy so much about this album overall. Grohl gets behind the piano here and sings. It's a great song, I really like this one. 'But, Honestly' is next, referring back to the early stages of the record, where things started acoustically before building up into heavier stuff later in the song. This is the same, and again we see a more aggressive Foo Fighters and very much a punk presence in the second half of the song. 'Home' is a great track. It's simply Grohl behind the piano once again. It's so simple, and so beautiful. 'Once and For All' is a bonus track, again featuring Grohl behind the piano, and it's a more collective effort from the band as it's more soulful and has more of a purpose about it.
Overall then, there is very little wrong with this record by the Foo Fighters, it's a vry accmplished record here they've produced. And if number seven is an improvement on this one here, it probably will be their best yet, as this is on a similar level to 1997's 'The Colour And The Shape'- but Grohl's mature songwriting and more expansive instrumental knowledge (on piano) create further diversity, and that can't be a bad thing.
Buy it if you haven't already. 9/10.
Buy that album, then return to this one later to progress forward with FF.
This album is not their greatest, it has to be said, but it is in no way a bad album. I doesn't deserve 5 stars from me as while it certainly has some very powerful songs they are not as memorable as songs from previous albums. My favourite on this album was "The Pretender" which is just an amazingly good track, the rest I would say are "weaker", but not to such an extent that I would say this album has any "bad" songs.
If you have any previous albums BUY THIS! You should not be disapointed, just do not expect to be amazed.
In short: Amazing album, not so good for people new to FF and looking for more like "The Pretender". Buy it if you enjoy listening to the Foo Fighters.