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A fair effort.
on 22 April 2006
The Foo Fighters have never really been an albums band. Their singles - usually synonymous with their videos, which are predominantly outstanding - are undisputedly brilliant, but outside of the odd track, the albums always have been, and possibly always will be, patchy.
That The Colour And The Shape is the Foos' best loved album is testament to the fact that it has all their best singles. 'Everlong' is the majestic fan favourite with the bemusing, disturbing video about Dave Grohl having a huge hand. 'My Hero' is the thundering, tearful epic that brings a lump to the throat. 'Monkey Wrench' is the punky, yet also rock 'n' roll influenced, upstart of the Foos' catalogue. And best of the whole lot is 'Walking After You,' which is among the best songs Grohl has ever written, and certainly outstrips anything on this album.
As is often the case, the rest of the album is mostly forgettable filler, with a few shining moments that make this album well worth a buy. One day, the Foo Fighters will release a 'Greatest Hits' or 'Best Of,' with all their best tracks on it, and it will sell millions, and it will be a true classic. Until then - The Colour And The Shape is the closest you'll get.