Foo Fighters
In Your Honor


4.0
excellent

Review

by Derek Marchewka USER (21 Reviews)
March 25th, 2009 | 15 replies | 3,793 views


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Foo Fighters offer some uniqueness for a change, and are much better for it.

I'll start off by saying, Dave Grohl is a good guy. Not just because of his music, but he just seems like a swell person. The man has contributed some damn fine music, being the only good thing in Nirvana, to making Queens Of The Stone Age cool, to finally taking the role of a leading man in the Foo Fighters. He hasn't stopped working since 1991, and I truly do respect him. Now of course none of his music is all that amazing, and he writes pretty conventional stuff. But as far as conventional stuff goes, Dave Grohl, and more specifically Foo Fighters, the music is hard to surpass.

Now Dave Grohl is a rock musician, always has been and always will be. But after 16 years of doing rock music, a little bit of acoustic balladry fits in quite nicely. In Your Honor is a double disc release; rock, typical Foo Fighters songs on one side, stripped down acoustic songs on the other. Both have their positives and the songs are nice, but I think it's fair to say that disc 2 pretty much slays disc 1.

Maybe its me, but the loud side does get quite boring after a while. The tracks are fine and all, but the reason the Foo Fighters have never really been thought of much is because of their traditional, mainstream rock sound. That's not to say that the tracks are bad or anything, because there are some great songs on here. The title track is incredibly commanding, with a very powerful chorus. DOA has some good funky vibes in it. The Deepest Blues And Black is touching and one of the most serene tracks in the Foo's discography. And everyone is sick of Best Of You. The issue simply is that the songs just play out the same boring rock formula that the Foos are famous(infamous) for.

On the other hand, the second disc of In Your Honor is my favorite thing ever from the Foo Fighters. On here they actually achieve some unconventional beauty and push their boundaries as musicians. The songs are very stripped down, where the exceptional passages can be played more naturally and expressively. Still is one of the most peaceful and mesmerising songs I know, with some terrific lyrical delivery. Friend Of A Friend is an incredibly interesting piece of music, telling a very interesting story, using the simple riffing to its greatest extent. Razor just might be Foo Fighter's best song ever. Using complex finger picking guitar melodies, an incredibly gentle and moving vocal delivery, with breath-takingly awesome lyrics; “sweet and divine, razor of mine” The Foos also mix in some by-the-book and fun folky tunes; Another Round, Miracle, Over And Out, Cold Day In The Sun. All of these songs have some charming qualities, but aren't all that astounding.

This album is quite the mixed bag, in approach and in quality. The rock side is good, but boring and falls into the same pattern as every other Foo Fighters album. The acoustic side is incredible, featuring some of the best songs of the band's career. So, taking the bad with the good, the mediocre with the awesome, I can conclude that the acoustic side of this album more then picks up the slack of the first disc, which isn't exactly bad, just painfully typical. Without the addition of the acoustic songs, the first disc would probably recieve a 3, and the acoustic side on its own would get a 4.5. So together, the Foo Fighters offer a mixed experience, and comes out with some quality.



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Chewie
March 25th 2009


4532 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I understand there are some other reviews with the same rating, but I felt this one argues different points then all the other ones.

NOTINTHEFACE
March 25th 2009


1653 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Pretty good review, but I like disc one much more than disc two. I find Foo Fighters acoustic to be incredibly boring. On the other hand, I don't think their standard mainstream rock formula has ever been better than on disc one.

Fugue
March 25th 2009


7353 Comments


I find the acoustic disc to be a bit of a bore-fest to be honest, the rockier disc is alright though.

MassiveAttack
March 25th 2009


2688 Comments


I used to be a big Foo Fighters fan, but honestly they haven't made anything addictive since their debut...that was just awesome. The Colour and The Shape >

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
March 25th 2009


7333 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I think this is one of their weaker albums. The first disc is nowhere near as catchy as most of their previous "rock" stuff, and I also find the second pretty boring, aside from a few decent songs.

itchyandscratchy
March 25th 2009


314 Comments


Boring album, boring band.

tom79
March 25th 2009


3372 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

It's not that good. Couple of decent songs but overall mostly average.

Digging: Wipers - Youth of America

Merkaba33
March 26th 2009


702 Comments


being the only good thing in Nirvana

??? Umm, he was the drummer.

Asiatic667
March 26th 2009


4648 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

resolve is an awesome song

Chewie
July 5th 2009


4532 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

you should all suck on my chocolate salteh bawlllllllssssss

gaslightanthem
July 5th 2009


5209 Comments


this sucks

Phantom
July 5th 2009


8930 Comments


Foo Fighters? more like Poo Biters

PointDemo
July 5th 2009


49 Comments


being the only good thing in Nirvana


"??? Umm, he was the drummer."


Exactly

Kashmir09
December 12th 2009


772 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

probably just about my least favorite Foo disc

jagride
December 12th 2009


2331 Comments


Shitty album, like pretty much everything else they've done in the 2000's



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