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The Colour and the Shape by Foo Fighters (1997)

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CD Roswell Capitol Records, CDEST 2295, 1997, 13 Track

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A major criticism of the Foo Fighters' self-titled debut was its supposed lack of, you know, passion among the well-crafted songs and well-crafted rock. This time out, if it's wreckage you want, it's wreckage you get. The Colour & the Shape grows deeper the more it's played, with the band's ripping power more than matched by Dave Grohl's fascinating examinations of pain and divorce. There's even a convincing long slow ballad, "November Stars," whose intensity should win over doubters. If that doesn't work, then the screaming "My Hero" will. --Rickey Wright

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Doll
  2. Monkey Wrench
  3. Hey, Johnny Park!
  4. My Poor Brain
  5. Wind Up
  6. Up In Arms
  7. My Hero
  8. See You
  9. Enough Space
  10. February Stars
  11. Everlong
  12. Walking After You
  13. New Way Home


Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 20, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B000002UKS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (414 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,050 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The Colour and The Shape
In my opinion, the finest work by the group and best writing by Grohl before or since. The CD that truly turned me onto the Foos, eventually earning them the spot of favorite. The debut was great, yet a little repetitive; This one is perfect in all ways.
Every song hits an individual chord with the soul, and each selection sounds genuinely heart felt. A concept album (of sorts), the order of songs is perfect as well, creating a great finished UNIT which deserves to be listened to straight through:
A little breakdown...
1)Doll - Great opener. Short and sweet, it portrays Grohl's timid and overwhelmed feeling at the beginning of the story. Each passing song is filled with more and more confidence until the triumphant end.
2)Monkey Wrench - One of the more publicly recognizable tunes on the platter, it has an awesome beat and is one of the better songs on a CD without a weak spot.
3)Hey, Johnny Park! - My second favorite song and one which, for some reason, always seems to be overlooked. Great intro, terrific lyrics, and a very unique aura qualify this one as an A+.
4)My Poor Brain - The song that took me the longest to open up to; after listening to it enough it really starts to stick. Very powerful sound, after a peculiar start.
5)Wind Up - Another hidden gem everyone tends to pass over. Somewhat bitter and vengeful, it definitely deserves a listen.
6)Up In Arms - Cool little song. Changes from slow to fast halfway through, it really becomes quite uplifting.
7)My Hero - Gets quite a bit of radio play, still. Many interperatations exist concerning its lyrics, making it very intersesting. Great drum opening, cathcy riff, and POWERFUL lyrics.
8)See You - One of the more innocent and laid back songs.
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This album is awesome. The first time I heard it, the headphones just about exploded with all the energy that was coming out of them. When you hear Doll, you'll probably think "What have the Foo Fighters become? What happened to I'll Stick Around and This Is A Call?" but nothing has happened. It's just a slow song appropriately placed in the mix of hard songs. Then comes the big radio hit Monkey Wrench. It's a nice song with a neat "no-breath" effect in the last verse. It's even cooler live, but I guess you can't buy that on CD. Hey, Johnny Park!, the next song, is my personal favorite. It's just something about the riff itself that's catchy. It follows the soft-verse loud-chorus format set by Nirvana. My Poor Brain starts out with a bunch of random noise (I think it's in 7/4) and then goes into a nice acoustic verse with Dave singing falsetto. The chorus is appropriately loud and powerful. The next song, Wind Up, starts out at about mezzo-forte (that's moderately loud for all those who aren't musicians) and goes to fortissimo (very loud) for the chorus. The last verse is fortissississississimo (really really loud) with the chorus returning to the aforementioned dynamic. Man, that guy has an amazing vocal range. Up In Arms starts slow and ballad-y. It sounds a lot like a fifty's ballad. Then it gets fast sort of like a fifty's pop song. Then My Hero comes on with those cannon drums. It's obviously Dave's tribute to Kurt song. The mostly-acoustic See You is a nice jazzy departure to the screaming electric guitars. Enough Space (in 6/4) is basically the I-drank-too-much-Jolt-and-now-I'm-really-hyper-and-I'm-going-to-scream-until-I-turn-blue song. February Stars is the big long loud slow ballad and it's wonderful.Read more ›
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I've been a long time fan of Foo Fighters (since around 1995), and out of all the CD's that they have released as of 2003, The Colour and the Shape has proved to be the best one of all. Whoever said that in order for something to be catchy, it has to be cliche obviously missed the purchase of this album. Every song hooks you, and unlike most new rock bands, the hook isn't cheesy, overdone, or stolen from someone else. This CD blends the best of the old with the best of the new, giving hard rockers a delightful CD to rock out to (Monkey Wrench, Hey Johnny Park, My Poor Brain, Wind Up, My Hero, Enough Space, Everlong, New Way Home), and the fans of the new mellow sound of Foo Fighters a few songs to sit back and relax to (Doll, February Stars, Walking After You, See You, Up In Arms). Here are my reviews for the individual tracks:
DOLL (A)--The shortest song on the album, but probably the most overlooked. While it doesn't really feel like it belongs on the album, if it were taken off, the album would lose a great introductory song. A great short ballad.
MONKEY WRENCH (A+)--If you've been listening to the radio at all since 1997, you've probably heard this song. The first single off of the album, this song hooked listeners with it's catchy verses and chorus. Great proof that a song can have catchy verses and chorus. The song's style is similar to that of "All My Life" (One By One), it's more upbeat, a little less dark, and a little more fun. Great song to listen to when you're flying down the expressway in the summer with all the window's down.
HEY, JOHNNY PARK! (A+)--This song is a bit slower than the rest of the songs on the album, but it rocks.
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