Foo Fighters – Sonic Highways


Artist

Album

Sonic Highways

Label

Sony

Year

2014

Genre

For Fans Of

Them Crooked Vultures - Motorhead

Summary

An in depth look at inspiration in song-writing.

Rating

95 / 100

You have to hand it to Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters, not only do they consistently produce quality material but they can seemingly do no wrong. If Grohl decides to start a rock band, they will more than likely become the greatest rock band of all time and if he decides to become a documentarian, he’ll probably be crazy good at that as well. For those of you who saw Grohl‘s directorial debut film ‘Sound City’ or have been watching his HBO show ‘Sonic Highways,’ it is safe to say that he knows how to put together a good story that serves as pure inspiration for musicians and complete entertainment for all.

To combine his two loves and keep things exciting, Grohl and his Foo’s decided to record a song in several different cities around the USA for their new album, from which they would create a TV show with each episode focusing on the history of the city they recorded the particular song in. To make it even more interesting, the musician would wait until the final days of recording to write the lyrics for the songs, which would be based on the stories and things people had told him in the interviews. This stroke of genius not only makes for some interesting viewing, but it also allows the listeners to be more connected to the Foo Fighters’ music than ever before, you can literally match up lines from the songs to things you have watched in the show.

Musically things still sound like the Foo Fighters, but with touches of their area influence strewn throughout, not to mention guest appearances from the places they visit. From Zac Brown lending his studio, guitar and voice in Nashville to Gary Clark Jr’s smooth solo in Austin, these little musical nods fit seamlessly into the Foo’s sound while paying homage to the area that helped create them.

The album is an energetic and powerful mash of musical genres and influences which gives the Foo Fighters’ writing talents and opportunity to shine even brighter in various new surroundings and will no doubt lead ‘Sonic Highways’ to become a fan favourite of the catalogue.

 

Conclusion

In a TV world of cop dramas and shitty reality shows, Sonic Highways is not only well needed, but the most quality experience you will likely have this year. The show and record result in one of the Foo Fighters finest pieces of work so can we please give them the greatest rock band ever tag yet?

Tracklisting

1. Something From Nothing

2. The Feast and The Famine

3. Congregation

4. What Did I Do?/God As My Witness

5. Outside

6. In The Clear

7. Subterranean

8. I Am A River

 

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