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But Here We Are

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There are words that inevitably come to mind with a new Foo Fighters record: pummeling, shredded, heavy. But the band's 11th album, But Here We Are, also bears the weight of grief. The release date marks just over a year since the shocking death of the band's seminal drummer Taylor Hawkins while on tour. "Someone said I'll never see your face again/ Part of me just can't believe it's true/ Pictures of us sharing songs and cigarettes/ This is how I'll always picture you," leader Dave Grohl (who, no surprise, also handles drumming duty this time around) sings on "Under You," a glorious power-pop blast of anguish—the best kind of tribute to a musician who was unparalleled in his explosive joy. But there's more confusion than sentimentality on the album, which teams the band once again with producer Greg Kurstin and is dedicated to both Hawkins and Grohl's mother, who also died in 2022. "I've been hearing voices, none of them are you," Grohl sings on the slinky, mysterious "Hearing Voices," boasting a killer bass line from Nate Mendel. "Where are you now?/ Who'll show me how," he wonders on "Show Me How," moody in the vein of Mendel's old band Sunny Day Real Estate and featuring duet vocals by Grohl's teenage daughter Violet. "I'll take care of everything from now on," he resolves by the end. And then there is "The Teacher," an ambitious 10-minute toss-and-turn dream. "Who's at the door now?/ Wake up," Grohl sings, his drums pounding like someone at the door with bad news as he howls "wake up" over and over. There is excellently mercurial guitar work by Chris Shiflett and a haunted break—"You showed me how to grieve/ Will you show me how to say goodbye?"—before the whole thing breaks down into static. Kicking in with fury and working its way to a headbanging, heart-pumping build, opener "Rescued" is an instant classic along the lines of "Everlong" or "The Pretender." The band delves into power ballads with "The Glass" and  "Beyond Me." And "Nothing at All" is an intriguing surprise, the verses adorned with rocksteady two-tone guitar blasts and slippery-smooth bass before it all turns into raw screamo, its chorus a hair-pulling tantrum: "Everything or nothing at all!" It all ends with "Rest," a stripped-down heartbreaker about putting a loved one to rest: "Laying in your favorite clothes/ Chosen just for you," Grohl sings, sounding so vulnerable without the usual flash and squall. It's almost impossible to imagine how they'll get through playing these songs live, but with the release comes relief. © Shelly Ridenour/Qobuz

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1
Rescued
00:04:18

Foo Fighters, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Greg Kurstin, Producer, Engineer, Strings - Shari Sutcliffe, Contractor - Mark "Spike" Stent, Mixing Engineer - Darrell Thorp, Engineer - Julian Burg, Engineer - Randy Merrill, Mastering Engineer - Matt Tuggle, Engineer - Matt Wolach, Assistant Engineer - Liam O'Dowd, Assistant Engineer

(P) 2023 Roswell Records, Inc.

2
Under You
00:03:39

Foo Fighters, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Greg Kurstin, Producer, Engineer, Strings - Shari Sutcliffe, Contractor - Mark "Spike" Stent, Mixing Engineer - Darrell Thorp, Engineer - Julian Burg, Engineer - Randy Merrill, Mastering Engineer - Matt Tuggle, Engineer - Matt Wolach, Assistant Engineer - Liam O'Dowd, Assistant Engineer

(P) 2023 Roswell Records, Inc.

3
Hearing Voices
00:03:48

Foo Fighters, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Greg Kurstin, Producer, Engineer, Strings - Shari Sutcliffe, Contractor - Mark "Spike" Stent, Mixing Engineer - Darrell Thorp, Engineer - Julian Burg, Engineer - Randy Merrill, Mastering Engineer - Matt Tuggle, Engineer - Matt Wolach, Assistant Engineer - Liam O'Dowd, Assistant Engineer

(P) 2023 Roswell Records, Inc.

4
But Here We Are
00:04:43

Foo Fighters, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Greg Kurstin, Producer, Engineer, Strings - Shari Sutcliffe, Contractor - Mark "Spike" Stent, Mixing Engineer - Darrell Thorp, Engineer - Julian Burg, Engineer - Randy Merrill, Mastering Engineer - Matt Tuggle, Engineer - Matt Wolach, Assistant Engineer - Liam O'Dowd, Assistant Engineer

(P) 2023 Roswell Records, Inc.

5
The Glass
00:03:49

Foo Fighters, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Greg Kurstin, Producer, Engineer, Strings - Shari Sutcliffe, Contractor - Mark "Spike" Stent, Mixing Engineer - Darrell Thorp, Engineer - Julian Burg, Engineer - Randy Merrill, Mastering Engineer - Matt Tuggle, Engineer - Matt Wolach, Assistant Engineer - Liam O'Dowd, Assistant Engineer

(P) 2023 Roswell Records, Inc.

6
Nothing At All
00:03:27

Foo Fighters, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Greg Kurstin, Producer, Engineer, Strings - Shari Sutcliffe, Contractor - Mark "Spike" Stent, Mixing Engineer - Darrell Thorp, Engineer - Julian Burg, Engineer - Randy Merrill, Mastering Engineer - Matt Tuggle, Engineer - Matt Wolach, Assistant Engineer - Liam O'Dowd, Assistant Engineer

(P) 2023 Roswell Records, Inc.

7
Show Me How
00:04:53

Foo Fighters, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Greg Kurstin, Producer, Engineer, Strings - Shari Sutcliffe, Contractor - Mark "Spike" Stent, Mixing Engineer - Darrell Thorp, Engineer - Julian Burg, Engineer - Randy Merrill, Mastering Engineer - Matt Tuggle, Engineer - Matt Wolach, Assistant Engineer - Liam O'Dowd, Assistant Engineer

(P) 2023 Roswell Records, Inc.

8
Beyond Me
00:03:54

Foo Fighters, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Greg Kurstin, Producer, Engineer, Strings - Shari Sutcliffe, Contractor - Mark "Spike" Stent, Mixing Engineer - Darrell Thorp, Engineer - Julian Burg, Engineer - Randy Merrill, Mastering Engineer - Matt Tuggle, Engineer - Matt Wolach, Assistant Engineer - Liam O'Dowd, Assistant Engineer

(P) 2023 Roswell Records, Inc.

9
The Teacher
00:10:04

Foo Fighters, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Greg Kurstin, Producer, Engineer, Strings - Shari Sutcliffe, Contractor - Mark "Spike" Stent, Mixing Engineer - Darrell Thorp, Engineer - Julian Burg, Engineer - Randy Merrill, Mastering Engineer - Matt Tuggle, Engineer - Matt Wolach, Assistant Engineer - Liam O'Dowd, Assistant Engineer

(P) 2023 Roswell Records, Inc.

10
Rest
00:05:33

Foo Fighters, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Greg Kurstin, Producer, Engineer, Strings - Shari Sutcliffe, Contractor - Mark "Spike" Stent, Mixing Engineer - Darrell Thorp, Engineer - Julian Burg, Engineer - Randy Merrill, Mastering Engineer - Matt Tuggle, Engineer - Matt Wolach, Assistant Engineer - Liam O'Dowd, Assistant Engineer

(P) 2023 Roswell Records, Inc.

Album review

There are words that inevitably come to mind with a new Foo Fighters record: pummeling, shredded, heavy. But the band's 11th album, But Here We Are, also bears the weight of grief. The release date marks just over a year since the shocking death of the band's seminal drummer Taylor Hawkins while on tour. "Someone said I'll never see your face again/ Part of me just can't believe it's true/ Pictures of us sharing songs and cigarettes/ This is how I'll always picture you," leader Dave Grohl (who, no surprise, also handles drumming duty this time around) sings on "Under You," a glorious power-pop blast of anguish—the best kind of tribute to a musician who was unparalleled in his explosive joy. But there's more confusion than sentimentality on the album, which teams the band once again with producer Greg Kurstin and is dedicated to both Hawkins and Grohl's mother, who also died in 2022. "I've been hearing voices, none of them are you," Grohl sings on the slinky, mysterious "Hearing Voices," boasting a killer bass line from Nate Mendel. "Where are you now?/ Who'll show me how," he wonders on "Show Me How," moody in the vein of Mendel's old band Sunny Day Real Estate and featuring duet vocals by Grohl's teenage daughter Violet. "I'll take care of everything from now on," he resolves by the end. And then there is "The Teacher," an ambitious 10-minute toss-and-turn dream. "Who's at the door now?/ Wake up," Grohl sings, his drums pounding like someone at the door with bad news as he howls "wake up" over and over. There is excellently mercurial guitar work by Chris Shiflett and a haunted break—"You showed me how to grieve/ Will you show me how to say goodbye?"—before the whole thing breaks down into static. Kicking in with fury and working its way to a headbanging, heart-pumping build, opener "Rescued" is an instant classic along the lines of "Everlong" or "The Pretender." The band delves into power ballads with "The Glass" and  "Beyond Me." And "Nothing at All" is an intriguing surprise, the verses adorned with rocksteady two-tone guitar blasts and slippery-smooth bass before it all turns into raw screamo, its chorus a hair-pulling tantrum: "Everything or nothing at all!" It all ends with "Rest," a stripped-down heartbreaker about putting a loved one to rest: "Laying in your favorite clothes/ Chosen just for you," Grohl sings, sounding so vulnerable without the usual flash and squall. It's almost impossible to imagine how they'll get through playing these songs live, but with the release comes relief. © Shelly Ridenour/Qobuz

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