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Let's hear it for Dave
on 10 November 2002
Comparisons are obvious, so I'll say right now that I haven't heard a lot of Nirvana. In fact the songs I've heard number less than ten. So I'm not going to drone on about how Nirvana-ey it all sounds, and perhaps that'll make things a little more objective.
Sadly, this debut album from Dave and co doesn't have anything instantly catchy. It will probably take repeated listens to find things like This Is A Call enjoyable, and even more to distinguish one by-the-numbers rock tune from another. That's not to say there aren't good songs here - there are. This Is A Call is a fun sounding song about... well, fingernails and resignation by the sign of it. Big Me is a short, quieter thing, without the thrashing screams of later repetetive but cool sounding Weenie Beenie. Alone+Easy Target sounds like what I've heard of Nirvana, which isn't a good thing when like me you've barely heard any.
Good Grief does what the previous track did wrong, sounding like it's straight out of an action movie, and is followed by Colour And The Shape-sounding quiet-to-loud Floaty. Oh, George is sadly of the forgettable variety, and For All The Cows quickly loses it's novelty. X-Static at least sounds like some effort was put into it, Wattershed is again instantly forgettable and Exhausted sounds so fuzzy and messy that it's difficult to care (particularly with it's irritating monotone noises partway).
Most bands like to have an explosive debut, but what Foo Fighters have is a more messy, demo-sounding collection of forgettable simple rock. They'll be lucky if you come away from the album remembering or humming a single tune, as it all blends unnecessarily from one song to the next. There's no Monkey Wrench, no Everlong, no Learn to Fly... nothing a Foo Fighters fan is likely to hold dear.
Still, it's a little more coherent than follow up Colour and the Shape, but alas the Foo Fighters album most likely to fall under Nirvana comparisons. It desperately needs a decent, memorable tune somewhere along the line, and some witty lyrics.
As it is, it's the rushed first album and nothing more. Get it if you're a real Foo Fighters fan and feel like you need all 4... but truly only for This Is A Call, Good Grief, Weenie Beenie and X-Static. And even they aren't Foo classics.