Fighting Creative Slump: The Foo Fighters

ALBUM REVIEW :       SONIC HIGHWAYS

ARTIST                  :       THE FOO FIGHTERS

GENRE                   :       ROCK

DATE RELEASED         :       2014

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Turning two decades since the band became famous you would thought that being lazy is the order of the day.  Well, at least there are signs that the band seems not in the mood to write interesting material in the calibre of their Learning To Fly album.  There are signs and it depends to you if you think that the band is in creative slump or not.

First sign that the band ran out of creative juice since there seems to be lots of spiritual references in this album.  Thus, the album became quite introspective when you hear lyrics like this from the song “Congregation;”

“I’ve been going through life; Making foolish plans;Now my world is in your hands.”

Second, the band tried to be socially conscious by doing  some kind of homage or salute to protests and social marches and that’s just it, no telling if protest movement are good or bad.

However, listening closely and repeatedly to this record, you will realize that this is not your usual Foo Fighters album where rock, punk, and pop are merged together as one musical style.  In this album, it more like old school rock in the tradition of Pink Floyd and Queen in terms of style.  You have songs starts as slow rock then levelling up to rock and add certain drama in terms of vocal delivery.  Thus, Dave Grohl is no longer quite punk but more of an apologists.

The band is still on creative streak as proof of that is “What Did I Do / God Is My Witnes” song.  This song has good lyrics enough to fashion out a power rock balled, instead the band turn it into guitar laden rock song.  Yes, this is a reflection album thus you have songs referring his attitude towards his past like in “Subterranean.”

The retrospection was very obvious in “I Am A River” and celebrating about self-discovery.  It is of little wonder that Dave Grohl chose to start the song ala Bob Dylan before pummelling the drum and the guitar.  A fitting closing song for a good album thus I rate this record 3.5 stars out of five stars.  It would have been four if there is one song in this record that can be considered as future classic.
Ratings Description:

1 star = Ignore it

2 stars= risk it

3 stars = borrow or buy it

4 stars = buy it and keep it

5 = buy, keep, and treasure it

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