Extra! Extra! The latest Foo Fighters album is awesome.
Really? You don’t say? It’s true! Foo Fighters have delivered great music with their brand spanking new album – Concrete and Gold. And it’s been a long time coming.
When Sonic Highways dropped in 2014, many weren’t impressed. The most exciting element of the album was how each song represented different U.S. cities the band had visited. While the concept was inspiring, the music was a bit underwhelming. It was okay, but no real match when compared to previous albums. Through the music grapevine, I heard that fans were afraid that Concrete and Gold would be the product of a lightweight Foo Fighters sound.
In fact, the first track “T-Shirt” reminds me of 90’s Enuff Z’Nuff. It definitely could be the opening track on Tweaked.
But never fear. Concrete and Gold isn’t just an okay album — it’s damn near epic. Dave Grohl has set out to make an album bigger than anything Foo Fighters had done in the past. Concrete and Gold is where pop and rock get married. It shuffles through many genres, sometimes all within the same song. Unlike Sonic Highways, the tracks are unpredictable; the verses are soft, but the choruses pack a punch. The highs are high and the lows are low, but in the most musical way. Foo Fighters found a balance that mixes soft, melodic elements with loud contrasting moments. The variation of tempo, acoustics and electric-guitar riffs are refreshing.
Ecstatic from the creative success of Concrete and Gold, the band recently hopped in James Corden’s SUV for a spin on Carpool Karaoke. What else is the next logical step? Glad you asked. Singing in a car!
Corden led them through renditions of a slew of their greatest hits, including “Learn To Fly,” “Best Of You,” and “All My Life.”
Did you say “air drums?” You got it! In this segment, the air drumming was so good that Corden took a detour to Guitar Centre in LA, getting Taylor Hawkins and Grohl to show him how it’s done.
Too bad there wasn’t an air guitar competition near by!