Foo Fighters
Foo Fighters


4.0
excellent

Review

by USER (2 Reviews)
September 25th, 2005 | 28 replies


Release Date: 1995 | Tracklist


Shortly after the death of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain Drummer, Dave Grohl set work on this solo album. Dave plays all the instruments and provides all the vocals apart from X-Static where Greg Dulli plays additional guitar parts. The album was recorded from 17-23 October '94 and released in 1995 and The Foo Fighters were spawned...

Track By Track:

1. This is a Call: Starts with what sounds like Dave plugging his guitar into his amp shortly followed by some thunderous thrashing of the guitar, sounding much grittier than previous albums. The lyrics aren't very inventive however the chorus is quite catchy and encourages you to sing along. There is some cool drumming which is ideal to headbang to. The drumming is much more involving than the stuff he did with Nirvana IMO and shows his real ability. 4.5/5

2. I'll Stick Around: Starts with a drumroll leading into a simple heavy riff. The drumming and guitar changes during the verses with and interval of overdriving now and again. The chorus itself involves Dave shouting quite mindlessly the words "I don't owe you anything!" Near the end we are finally introduced to the title the song which IMO is the highlight of the song. Not as good as the previous but never the less a decent track. 4/5

3. Big Me: One of my favourites on the album and the only ballad. The lyrics are simple and backed by a simple drumbeat and some loose guitar strumming. Daves voice is soft and harmonious throughout showing that this is a track of beauty not to go unnoticed. 4.5/5

4.Alone + Easy Target: Heavily distorted guitar work introduces the track to be then supported by solid drumming and heavy rythmn guitar. I can't really make out what Dave is saying because of the overpowering guitars but I could take a guess and if correct I wouldn't make much of them. the chorus isn't great and is quite bland not the best on the album. 3.5/5

5. Good Grief: The best on the album with raging guitars and some excellent drumming by Dave managing to keep up the fast tempo up throughout.One of the most punk influenced song on the album, very simple, very safe, very good. The chorus is backed by more overdrive FX and thrashing drumming although I'm not sure on the lyrics (I hate It?). 5/5

6. Floaty: Definately my least favourite on the album. Daves vocals are layered in FX and backed by irritating guitars. However, the chorus is reasonable but does not raise the track sufficiently this is way too chilled out and too annoying to be enjoyed. 2.5/5

7.Weenie Beenie: An instrumental track with the occasional scream from Dave, probally the heaviest on the album. It mainly made up of riffs and fills with a random bit with a NU-Metal feel to it. More headbanging to be done with the decent drumming and gritty guitars. A hard track to concentrate on but much more enjoyable than Floaty. 4/5

8. Oh, George: Don't ask what the title is about because it has no relevance to the lyrics in any way. More distorted guitars and hard solid drumming and a more complex track than any of the previous with its very own guitar solo, even if it is crappy it is something different for this album. Again the vocals are drowned in the guitar FX but still a good song. 4/5

9. For All the Cows: This song is nearly always played at a Foo Fighters concert but I don't know why. Dave sets us off with some simple drumming and country style guitars during the verses but rapidly changes at the chorus with heavy muscular guitars and the drums being played to death, particularly the cybals. Dave’s vocals are better than some of the other tracks but still why is this song always played at concerts? 4/5

10. X-Static: Another brilliant song with twanging guitars and an instantly memorable riff. The vocals suit the song perfectly giving it an eree atmosphere which I quite like. The drums are steady and dominant with the pounding snare setting the tempo nicely. Another simple but good chorus it's just ashame the ending is poor. 5/5

11.Wattershed: Similar to Territorial Pissings by Nirvana driven by a powerful distorted guitar riff and fast drumming. The song is quite repetative and it doesn't sound like Dave's vocals despite the fact it is Dave. There's not much to comment on other than this is heavily punk based. 3.5/5

12. Exhausted: A raw guitar riff and agile drumming keep this track going with suitably tired vocals. This track is rather dark at times seeming covered in depression and woe but it actually leaves me feeling relaxed. After about 3.30 the track loses pace and is kept alive by some strange guitar FX until the track explodes with yet more thrashing of the guitar. A decent end to a decent album. 4.5/5

Conclusion:

Winners: Good drumming throughout.
Some good chorus's.
Raw and Heavy.

Sinners: Some poor vocals.
Too much Distortion FX.
Occasionally repetative.

All in all it shows a promising start to Dave Grohl's post Nirvana
career, it's probally the 2nd best after The Colour and the Shape, but this album is so different to anything recent by The Foo Fighters it is refreshing to hear something new.


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Comments:Add a Comment 
barosjn
September 25th 2005


501 Comments


You can edit the review to remove the gap.

BringHomeTheBacon
September 25th 2005


248 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I love this album. Good review overall. But just a few things I'd like to comment on.

this is way too chilled out and too annoying to be enjoyed.

Too chilled out and too annoying to be enjoyed? Personally this is one of my favorites off the album. So much contrast between the acoustic guitar intro and heavy riffs of the chorus. For the future- don't say a song can't be enjoyed. There's always someone who can enjoy it.

but still why is this song always played at concerts?

Because it owns. It's too bad they no longer play it live.

Well, good review for the most part. :thumb:


DRybes
November 8th 2005


33 Comments


Oh George and the entire lyrics of the song is a reference to a C.S. Lewis short novel called The Great Divorce, in which a group of people take a train up out of hell for a visit in heaven. George MacDonald is a character the narrator meets in heaven who serves as his guide while there, hence the title. The narrator undergoes a change of mind after all the things he witnesses on his trip, one of which is an artist attempting to paint the landscape of heaven. Look through the lyrics now and you'll see I just covered almost all the references.

I have no idea why Grohl decided to write lyrics with meaning based on the musings of C.S. Lewis, but perhaps that will raise your opinion of the man if you find him simple and generic. (Having said that, he later released an entire album whos lyrics were about nothing other than various sexual acts.)

Two-Headed Boy
December 25th 2005


4527 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

it's weird; i can't find foo fighters on the list for this site

Med57
Moderator
December 25th 2005


1001 Comments


Yeah, it's an odd error. mx knows about it, and I think he's working on a solution. It's very strange though, I agree.

Two-Headed Boy
December 27th 2005


4527 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

^^^ i think it's under T

TheGreatFedora
January 27th 2006


117 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This ones grown on me over the past year or so. There's some damn catchy stuff on here, and it's their grungiest album for sure.

Shadowed Reflection
January 27th 2006


274 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I'm going to disagree with Floaty, it's a great song.

pjrule45
February 3rd 2006


23 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

this album is the foos best in my opinion it never gets old. couldnt agree with you more on good grief its such a good song. alone + easy target could have been rated a bit higher though. good review

Tacos
February 3rd 2006


125 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

i love this cd, this was my first foo fighters cd and still my favorite, it just makes me happy when i listen to it. anyway, this cd is a must own.

tom79
March 4th 2006


3376 Comments


not my favorite of FF albums, but still pretty good

Digging: Wil Wagner - Laika

Shadowed Reflection
May 29th 2006


274 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Best FF album.

Two-Headed Boy
June 18th 2006


4527 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

This album makes punk music actually seem appealing.


There's just sooo much wrong with that.

Rory says no
July 27th 2006


23 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I first got the color and the shape and it ruled so I decided to get this. I am dissappointed with it overall. There are some cool rock/grunge tracks like good grief and this is a call but there are also loads of boring forgetable acoustic and grunge songs.

nirvana_gate7
August 22nd 2006


19 Comments


best tracks for me are Floaty, I'll Stick Around, Weenie Beenie

BlastFunk03
September 7th 2006


83 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Haha, I got this on tape when i was about 7. I should try and find it again.

grungeguy88
November 27th 2006


788 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

awesome album. The most raw out of the FF albums. All of the songs are great or better.

RS085
December 1st 2006


157 Comments


This album is straight up 90s and top notch. Great album to rock out to. Great debut as well.This Message Edited On 12.01.06

Axem Black
September 27th 2007


8 Comments


one of my fave albums of all time.

Floaty is awesome BTW, the reviewer hasn't got a clue.

deroeckj
February 4th 2008


69 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

All Foo Fighter albums have some filler, but this one's my favorite.
I'm a fan of grung and music wih some edge (whether lyrical or musically), and that's what puts this debut up in front as best FF album for me.

Their next couple of albums were also quite well, each of them also had some killer-singles, overall though their albums became "to middle of the road-rock" for me to keep a lasting interest.

In the new millenium this trend seems to continue, in that they keep on releasing FF-by the numbers albums (derivative)



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