Foo Fighters, ‘Sonic Highways’ (RCA)
Foo Fighters’ new album is a soundtrack of sorts, its title taken from the HBO series of the same name, which follows the band around the U.S. as they record each of the album’s tracks in a different city (including Seattle).
It’s a robust record, packed with the kind of hard rocking power riffing that’s a Foo Fighters trademark, music that’s tailor-made for an arena setting, designed to get an audience pumping its fists in the air.
The opening track, “Something from Nothing,” sets the mood, with Dave Grohl, the band’s leader and founder, initially singing in a quiet, almost wistful fashion, then rising to the kind of throat-shredding screams that leave you wondering how he could possibly have a voice left. From then on, it’s an all-out attack, more often than not.
Recording in a diverse array of cities had little influence on the sound of the band’s music. A road trip could’ve encouraged the group to stretch out creatively. Instead, Foo Fighters choose not to vary the formula — though the fans who sing along at their shows likely won’t mind a bit.
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