Author: Mark Dowd
The Foo Fighters are back with their new album – Concrete and Gold, and it’s … okay.
This is their latest studio album since the release of Sonic Highways in 2014. The album consists of 11 tracks 2 of which, Run and The Sky Is A Neighbourhood, are singles.
Most of the tracks are what you’d expect from the foo fighters, but there are four that stand out, Run, The Sky Is A Neighbourhood, T-Shirt and Happy Ever After.
Run starts out with a gentle guitar solo permeated by Dave Grohl almost whispering “wake up”, this turns into a gradual crescendo which climaxes at a point where the guitar strumming suddenly changes into an intense mixture of drumming and guitar shredding, the intensity of this increases until we get to the chorus where Dave Grohl chooses to sing an uncharacteristically aggressive verse, the guitar shredding and drum solos continue with Dave Grohl singing in between the heavier choruses until the track comes to a slightly jarring halt. This single is instantly recognisable as being a Foo Fighters song, with the chorus being reminiscent of early singles like “Best of You” although Run will not be as impactful.
The Sky Is A Neighbourhood:
The Sky Is A Neighbourhood might be the best track on the album, it’s a departure from the usual fast-paced tracks of the Foo Fighters. It begins with a slow beating of Drums and Dave Grohl singing in tune with the beat, this continues until a guitar joins in along with Dave’s voice layered for dramatic effect. The track moves between brief lulls and intense choruses eventually tailing off when it reaches the final lull. The Sky Is A Neighbourhood represents a nice change to the traditional Foo Fighters formula and is probably the gem of the album.
T-Shirt and Happy Ever After:
These two tracks seem out of place in the album, when T-Shirt first played I had to do a double take to check that I was actually listening to the Foo Fighters. The tracks more closely resemble country rock than anything else Foo Fighters have released, they provide an interesting bit of variation in what is otherwise quite a homogeneous album.
Remaining tracks (Make It Right, La Dee Da, Dirty Water, Arrows, Sunday Rain, The Line, Concrete and Gold:
The rest of the album is standard Foo Fighters; good, hard rock, if a little generic.
Concrete and Gold isn’t an album that stands out amongst the 16 albums that the Foo Fighters have previously released as being particularly innovative or exciting, it’s just more of the same, more guitar shredding, more drumming, all interspersed by Dave Grohl’s reverberated screaming into the mic during intense choruses. I don’t think that the tracks are bad; they’re just predictable. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t buy the album it’s just something you should take into consideration if you’re thinking about buying it. For any Foo Fighters fan, this album’s a safe bet; you’ll enjoy it, just don’t expect it to blow you away.