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"I wanted it to be the biggest sounding Foo Fighters record ever. To make a gigantic rock record but with Greg Kurstin's sense of melody and arrangement… Motorhead's version of Sgt. Pepper… or something like that." So speaks Dave Grohl of the mission statement made manifest in Foo Fighters' ninth epic, the aptly-titled Concrete and Gold, due out September 15 worldwide on Roswell Records / RCA Records. Concrete and Gold was written and performed by Foo Fighters, produced by Greg Kurstin and Foo Fighters, and mixed by Darrell Thorp.
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Language: : English
- Product Dimensions : 5.53 x 5.06 x 0.27 inches; 1.92 Ounces
- Manufacturer : RCA
- Original Release Date : 2017
- Run time : 49 minutes
- Date First Available : June 16, 2017
- Label : RCA
- ASIN : B071XF835W
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #5,743 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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I won't bash it one bit and leave this as my only review. 3 stars isn't bad, I did like it. I just don't give out 5 stars so my scale is weighted on 5 being a bonus point for above and beyond..perfection. I just have this to compare to an album that took me on a journey of my soul, the documentary, the mixing board, and then back to reality of Foo that I've learned to love over time. It's the same Foo but improved, just not that one album that slam dunked with spud web in my dreams. Back to the benchmark that I put waaaaay up there, and Dave and crew should be proud of that. This is simply a follow up album that his very hard to impress since the last one was great.
You like foo, you buy foo. Give it a test drive Watch the videos too, so fun.
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The production on the recordings is fine.
At first listen I could see what so many people have complained about.
I discovered thankfully if the album is given a listen on good speakers/headphones/earphones at a lower volume, it shines, no fuzziness, raspiness or distortion.
Just thought I'd put that out there first.
As per the style of Foo Fighters songs so far Concrete and Gold has moments you'd hear a pin drop, and bursts of guitar & vocal -laden chaos that only after several listens can you choose to follow the vocals or another element of that chaos, but it is a calculated, reined-in chaos.
Catchy songs such as The Sky Is a Neighborhood guarantee the album won't fade into obscurity, a number promised to land in the charts, and some heartfelt songs, melancholic, reflective, angry, hopeful - everything fans love about the Foos.
With 8 albums in the rear-view you can always be sure Foo Fighters are here to stay.
And while the music industry is a hungry, greedy beast, Dave & Co. manage to feed the monster while slipping some genuine dishes under its radar, too.
When the price of success has been Learn To Fly, Break Out and a few other mainstream, almost 'pop-rock' releases, Foos in their heart are rock-metal.
Concrete and Gold is another welcomed addition to the Foo Fighters catalogue.
Now we have a new album and we are back to a traditional, collection of songs album. The last one of these albums was Wasting Light. I have a soft spot for that album, it came along at a particularly defined moment in my life. However the most important thing with that album was, it had a good percentage of great songs. Now on to Concrete and Gold....ahh.
Okay, it is not a bad album. I get the feeling that Dave and Co wanted to experiment a little with different styles and themes. However, alas, it does not really have many tracks that add to the glorious existing back catalogue. I suspect maybe 2 of these tracks will make regularish appearances on the live set list, after the latest tour i.e. The Sky is a Neighbourhood and La De Daa. The rest are good but just not the anthemic you kind of expect from the Foos.
So if a Foos fan, definitely add this to your collection. Just expect it not to be regularly played in its entirety. Your setlist will probably just pick the two stand-out songs stated above.