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Rock - Verschenen op 5 februari 2021 | RCA Records Label

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Time is not on the side of any arena-dwelling alt-rock rock band celebrating its 25th anniversary. Hey, survival is itself an accomplishment: Bands don't hang around for ten minutes, let alone ten years, unless they have consistently activated the pleasure receptors in lots and lots of brains. But the minute a band as an operation begins to market its gold-watch milestones, 25 years of loyal service and all that, the next release inevitably becomes a referendum on relevance. That's where the erstwhile Foo Fighters find themselves as they launch the alternately raucous and meticulously arranged Medicine at Midnight. The band's tenth studio album was completed in March of 2020, and was intended as the centerpiece of an elaborate 25th anniversary tour. Both were derailed by the pandemic. So here we are in Foo Year 26, contemplating what this band—revered by some for its snappy hook-abundant songwriting, dismissed by some as pop candy peddlers with fine tattoos—has to offer the post-rock post-pandemic post-everything world. Start with the question of energy. The introductory splat/roar drum pattern of opening track "Making a Fire" comes at you feral and heedless, challenging stasis in all forms. Couple that beat with the industrial-strength guitar, and it becomes a provocation built on sonic abrasion, one that lives a billion miles from lockdown caution. But it's never exclusively that: When, on the disarmingly lovely pre-chorus, Dave Grohl asks "Are you afraid of the dark?" his voice is that of an art-rock trickster savoring the twists and turns of a game, not some aging belter making desperation plays for salvation. That character comes out later. And when it does, in the turbulent finale of "Waiting on a War" and a few other places, Grohl does not hold anything back. "Waiting," with its all-purpose almost generic question—"Is there more to this than that?"—addresses conflict in many forms, from the idylls of childhood to the mob at the Capitol (just wait, someone will splice together that footage using this as the soundtrack). The genius of this track is in its measured ramp-up, from the acoustic-guitar verses into the declarative refrain and then a surging, rampaging, brilliantly executed accelerando. As the tempo rises so does the menace in Grohl's pre-shredded voice, and that, in turn, transforms the question into a taunt, a mantra, then finally a pulse-quickening showdown with the existential abyss. That track and a few others—the Bowie-influenced "Shame Shame," the prog-metal "No Son of Mine"—suggest that this veteran band is still immersed in creative exploration. And even when making those highly bankable familiar Foo Fighter noises, they do so in inventive ways, veering away from the predictable on eight out of the nine tracks. The throwaway is the numbing anthem "Love Dies Young;" in a veteran move, it's helpfully placed at the album's end, making it easy to skip. © Tom Moon/Qobuz
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Rock - Verschenen op 19 juli 2021 | RCA Records Label

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Alternative en Indie - Verschenen op 30 oktober 2009 | RCA Records Label

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Rock - Verschenen op 8 april 2011 | RCA Records Label

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Rock - Verschenen op 20 mei 1997 | RCA Records Label

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Rock - Verschenen op 25 september 2007 | RCA Records Label

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Hier gaan the Foos langzaam over van akoestisch naar elektrisch, van gevoelige, getokkelde folk tot de opwellende, gespierde hardrocknummers waarvoor de groep bekend is. Echoes blijft in geen van beide kampen lang rondhangen, omdat de volgorde bepaald is met het snuggere professionalisme waar alleen professionele rockers over beschikken. Die vaardigheid komt duidelijk naar voren in alle nummers, van de subtiel gladde suite van het openingsnummer "The Pretender" tot de zoete melodische folk-rock "Summer's End." Alle andere echt gedenkwaardige nummers op Echoes delen dezelfde, sterke melodische neiging en voelen lichter aan dan de rocknummers, die volharden in hun gematigdheid. © Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo
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Rock - Verschenen op 14 juni 2005 | RCA Records Label

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Rock - Verschenen op 4 juli 1995 | RCA Records Label

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Rock - Verschenen op 15 september 2017 | RCA Records Label

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Now 48 years old, Dave Grohl seems to have reached a turning point in his career. A decisive one for the future. After receiving a well-deserved Legion of Honour for playing the drums for Nirvana he recorded the first album of the Foo Fighters in October 1994, six months after Kurt Cobain committed suicide. More pop but as untamed as the music of the band that made him famous, this start didn’t fail to impress. Gradually however, album after album, this rock’n’roll drawing from punk slowly smoothed out the edges to approach often very commercial radio tunes. To the point of Grohl and his crew filling out stadiums after stadiums with a rather complacent original soundtrack… With Concrete And Gold, it is clear the Foo Fighters took the time to reflect on their evolution. In the media, their leader even pulled out a mouth-watering marketing tirade: “this album is a Motörhead version of Sgt Pepper!”. And it must be said, what happened within our ears was something not too dissimilar to this description. Especially because Paul McCartney himself is involved on one of the titles! Indeed the former Beatle plays the drums on Sunday Rain. Other unexpected guests were invited to this metal-pop orgy: Justin Timberlake on Make It Right, Shawn Stockman from Boyz II Men on Concrete And Gold, Inara George from The Bird And The Bee on Dirty Water, Alison Mosshart from The Kills on La Dee Da and The Sky Is a Neighborhood, as well as saxophonist Dave Koz on La Dee Da! Much like Sgt Pepper’s patchwork cover art, this ninth Foo Fighters album goes in every direction. An orgasmic eclecticism carried by the traditional downpour of guitars, but also a more refined sense of pop melody than usual. Some songs are even testosterone-free to make way for rather delicious psychedelic illuminations… Mission accomplished for Dave Grohl in terms of ability to question and renew himself. © MD/Qobuz
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Rock - Verschenen op 22 oktober 2002 | RCA Records Label

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Rock - Verschenen op 9 november 2014 | RCA Records Label

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Rock - Verschenen op 2 november 1999 | RCA Records Label

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Rock - Verschenen op 1 november 2006 | RCA Records Label

Rock - Verschenen op 18 oktober 2019 | RCA - Legacy

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Rock - Verschenen op 20 december 2019 | RCA - Legacy

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Rock - Verschenen op 25 juni 2021 | RCA Records Label

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Alternative en Indie - Verschenen op 18 april 2015 | RCA Records Label

Rock - Verschenen op 23 november 2015 | RCA Records Label

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Rock - Verschenen op 6 november 2020 | Hobo

Rock - Verschenen op 13 december 2019 | RCA - Legacy

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