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Sonic Highways

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The 180 gram vinyl album comes in an assortment of nine different limited edition covers including eight variants each themed for one of the cities in which the album was recorded: Austin, Chicago, Los Angeles, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, Seattle, and Washington, D.C. When ordering this vinyl LP, customers will randomly receive one of the available nine limited edition versions. Each version will not be sold separately. The LP includes a card to secure a downloadable version.

Produced by Butch Vig and Foo Fighters, Sonic Highways is made up of the following tracks:

1. Something From Nothing
2. The Feast and The Famine
3. Congregation
4. What Did I Do?/God As My Witness
5. Outside
6. In The Clear
7. Subterranean
8. I Am A River

Though not a soundtrack album by any stretch, Sonic Highways shares its title with the Dave Grohl-directed eight-episode HBO series described by Grohl as a love letter to the history of American music and premiering Friday, October 17 at 11 p.m.
For the album and series, Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett and Pat Smear wrote and recorded one song in each of these eight cities, delving into the local musical currents: how each region shaped these musicians in their formative years, and in turn the impact those people had on the cultural fabric of their hometowns. All songs feature local legends sitting in, with every lyric written in an unprecedented experimental style: Dave held off on putting down words until the last day of each session, so as to be inspired by the experiences, interviews for the HBO series, and other local personalities who became part of the process.
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Product Details

  • Vinyl (November 10, 2014)
  • Original Release Date: November 10, 2014
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: RCA
  • Run Time: 42 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (845 customer reviews)
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By E. Binder on November 14, 2014
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No, this is not Wasting Light. I'm glad it isn't because it shouldn't be.

Upon first listen, my first thought on every track was "wow this is different, thank God." As much as I love Foo Fighters, I have been growing tired of the homogenous rut they have been in since One by One. While there have been a few songs that have been exceptions to that, over all it felt like Dave just hit auto-pilot for the last few albums and called it a day.

Enter Sonic Highways.

I have been a huge fan of this bands early material (everything before There is Nothing Left to Lose) since 1997, and this is the first time since The Colour and the Shape came out where I feel like Foo Fighters put out an entire album that has genuine inspiration behind it. This album feels real.

Those of you looking for the predictable 3-minute-long Foo Fighters single that you've grown accustomed to, keep looking. You won't find it on Sonic Highways.

Instead, you'll find arguably the most progressive album this band has released that sounds both familiar but brand new at the same time. Whether you're headbanging to the modern hard rock outro of "Something From Nothing", driving through the countryside with the southern rocker "Congregation", staring out the window at a gloomy, rainy day with the indie/shoe-gaze sounding "Subterranean", or dusting off your record player to jam out to the classic rock sounding "Outside" you can be sure this album will keep you engaged.

I've long wondered what happened to that 'spark' that can't be explained that was present on the band's first two albums.
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UPDATE 11.16.14: To each their own, but I don't understand all the hate for this album. Maybe it won't reach out and grab you like some previous releases, but spending some time with it - it is pretty damn good. My 5yr old son is already a fan of FF and watching him dance around to this album - I call it gold. Hell, I'm starting to like The Feast and The Famine, which was at the bottom of my list.

Buy it. Here or elsewhere. CD. Vinyl. MP3. This is a fun album with some front-runner hits yet more to experience with subsequent listening.

Sonic Highways is the Foo Fighters' eighth studio release. There are enough variances in this album (as well as previous releases) that even if you don't like the entire album, there is something for most everyone. For this release, if by chance you missed being inundated by all the promotion, news, etc., the Foos travel to eight US cities to record one song in eight different studios. Butch Vig (Garbage) is behind the board again.

My top three at this specific moment in time are: What Did I Do?/God As My Witness, Something From Nothing, and Congregation.

A little Skynyrd, a little old Foo's, and some dramatic change-ups in the song have coalesced into a rather fun song. "What Did I Do?/God As My Witness" is a comfortable, yet fresh medium-rock song. Gary Clark, Jr. joins in Austin, Texas for the recording at KLRU-TV studio 6A. "Congregation" doesn't have the complexity of "Something from Nothing," and is straight-up rock with a little bit of Nashville; featuring Zac Brown. There is a nice transition around 3.20 and it comes back strong. Something From Nothing (Chicago): Features Rami Jaffee and Rick Nielsen.
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I love Foo Fighters and love Dave Grohl. I think they are one of the last great rock bands left and they put on a hell of a live show with tons of sign along anthems. I have to admit I was not expecting a ton out of this album when we started to get word of the concept. 8 songs recorded in 8 cities with lyrics that are made up of quotes from musicians that Dave interviewed in that city.

I sort of got what I expected. It has great music although a little safe. The lyrics are just OK. What is missing is the mood. FF songs usually have a lot of angst, anger, frustration, whatever you want to call it that most of us can relate to. FF songs have big choruses that make you want to sing along. None of this is plentiful on this release. It isn't missing, just not plentiful.

I keep wondering if I had HBO and was watching the documentary of the same name - Sonic Highways - that I might have a finer appreciation for the songs themselves. But I don't have HBO so I have to wait until you can buy the DVDs or stream or download.

With that said I am still a big FF fan and will continue to support them, will happily see them on tour. This was a lofty project and I give them props for aiming high and doing something different. Hardcore fans will buy this and either love it or at least, like me, take it for an OK FF record. Casual fans I am not so sure.

I seem to enjoy this CD best while chilling out playing a game or reading a book or browsing the net. I've tried to listen with headphones, cranked up in the car and tried to get into it without a huge amount of luck.

After a few days with it, these are the standout songs for me - all the songs have their moments - but these seem best as a whole:
- Something from Nothing
- Feast and the Famine
- Outside
- In the Clear

Give it a go - just keep your regular Foo Fighters expectations in check. Then go buy a ticket to the tour - it will be worth it.
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