Foo Fighters
Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace


1.5
very poor

Review

by Gravy USER (3 Reviews)
September 28th, 2007 | 14 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Well, for use of a better, intelligent word... poo

This will just be a short review basically to just say how immensely disappointed I was with this album. Pointless, you say? Not true my friends. I downloaded the album off iTunes because I live in a small derelict town with no real decent shops unless you go to Oxford or Reading and as that was happening I couldn't help looking forward to it a lot. I was like yaaaay!

This is despite the fact that since the mint The Colour and The Shape, an album that I regard as far and away their finest work in their career, they have just not produced anything close to those standards since, and it's been 10 years now. Still TINLTL Was a reasonable album, One by One was just awful after the first few tracks (which they admit themselves) and In your honour was, in my opinion, a mediocre album lacking in any depth and creativity over the extensive 21 songs.

However there's just something about the Foos that makes you still want to listen to their new material, and for me it was through the hope that they could finally recreate the brilliance of their sophomore 1997 masterpiece.

Once the album was downloaded and i'd listened to the first 2 or 3 songs after "The pretender" which I'd heard enough of from its overly frequent plays on MTV2 and Scuzz I just thought "it's just not doing it". My initial expectations were that it would be bascially the same old generic uncomplicated foo fighters with a good smattering of softer ballads but hopefully with a bit of variation this late in their careers. It wasn't to be. Not only are the songs just extremely "ok" and reasonable but Grohl's lyrical performance sounds kind of lame in most songs. notably "The Pretender"and "Long road to Ruin" are falling short lyrically, although it's kind of hard to explain exactly why, something's just slightly, well, rubbish really.

The main problem i have is the way that a lot of the choruses seem to be somehow restricted by gil Norton's production. The most obvious example is with the single "The Pretender", where you expect a loud breathtaking chorus but it just struggles to kick off the way it should, especially with the guitars.

Overall, it's incredibly underwhelming, no stand-out tracks, restricted guitars, and the band have gone stale. Controversial? Don't care. Don't buy unless you're a fan. I may not have said too much about how it sounds but you can give it a try and make your own mind up. Plus I'm hungry

Rant over. get back to your dinner lads/ ladies


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TheStarclassicTreatment
September 28th 2007


2910 Comments


Stand out tracks:
The Pretender, Statues (off the top of my head)
Foos have never been lyrically good tbh.
The Pretender has a very strong chorus.
Tbh, I don't see where you're coming from at all.


StreetlightRock
Emeritus
September 28th 2007


3777 Comments


Thats great, but reading that i have no idea how this album actually sounds like - not that i need to, but still, it just read like one giant 'i daon't really like this'.This Message Edited On 09.28.07

TheStarclassicTreatment
September 28th 2007


2910 Comments


Yeah, that too ^^

Gravy
September 28th 2007


16 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I said purely what I could be arsed to :P

clairvoyant
September 28th 2007


765 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

you missed out on a lot of information

Jimmy
September 28th 2007


717 Comments


I think it's an alright review. No need to mention how it sounds if it's not worth mentioning... generic radio rock. Most people reading this review will already have a good idea what the foo fighters sound like already.

cometuesday
September 28th 2007


959 Comments


No, this is pretty bad. Even for a record as predictable as this.

clairvoyant
September 28th 2007


765 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

plus theres a lot of grammatical errors

tribestros
September 28th 2007


918 Comments


Horrid review. HORRID REVIEW. The grammar is all over the place, the word 'poo' is in your summary, you don't review the album...just talk a lot about The Pretender and how predictable this is...lyrical style is bad but you don't know why...

And secondly, WHAT DID YOU EXPECT from the Foo Fighters? They're not going to innovate.

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
September 28th 2007


16089 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

They could at least be interesting.

AtavanHalen
September 28th 2007


17927 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Lazy review. Read John's review, or any of the other reviews of this record- opinions aside, they're all far superior to yours.

Chewie
December 24th 2007


4532 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

what a dumb review, i dont think Gravy understands music too well yet. You missed a shitload of facts and were way to brutal. You basicly said "this album sucks" without saying why.

AndyRictor2000
August 22nd 2008


146 Comments


hey sputnik admin, delete this review. You can't allow morons like this to bring down the site's consistency for intelligent reviews.

theuprightman24
June 27th 2011


17 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

lol - love it



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