Foo Fighters
The Colour and the Shape


5.0
classic

Review

by Ross Delany USER (35 Reviews)
March 6th, 2006 | 342 replies | 41,314 views


Release Date: 1997 | Tracklist


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The Year is 1997; the music scene is in a state of flux. Disposable pop is on the way to world domination, Radiohead's OK Computer goes some way to stem the flow on the Alt Rock front; Ixay on the Hombre and Dude ranch try to cover punk. But who would do what about normal, old fashioned rock? Who would step up to protect the genre from the disposable pop? Step forward Dave Grohl, Nate Mendel and Taylor Hawkins, together making up the Foo Fighters; Dave Grohl's Post-Nirvana project and arguably, at this stage in their life, better than Nirvana ever were.

The tracks on The Colour and the Shape are some of my all-time favourites, not because I'm a huge foo fighters fan that makes a point to force myself to like every song by them, that blinkered viewpoint is reserved for my true favourite bands; this album however, no matter how hard I try, doesn't bring out any immediate down points for me. It has pretty much what anyone could ask for in just over 45 minutes, from (for the most part) mellowing tracks like 'February Stars' which is 3 parts soft, mellow track to 2 parts all out yell-fest. But that's not all, Nate Mendel gets to show off his skills with the bass riff in 'Enough Space' a basic jump up and down track that seems quite calm until, out of the blue, Dave screams 'But there never seems to be enough space.' It's vocals like this that have plagued Dave Grohl with throat problems; but while this description would make you think that Dave goes through the entire album screaming, that is not the case. Songs like 'Walking after you' and first track 'Doll' exhibit the soothing part of Dave's range.

While I've pretty much focused on the vocal aspects of the Foo Fighters on this album, that's not to say that the rest of the band sit back on their behinds and do nothing. Au contraire the instrumentation on this album is in no way lacking. Dave Grohl's guitar skills help to make this album what it is. 'February Stars'' guitar sets the tone of the song brilliantly, complimenting his vocals, making the song what it is. Nate Mendel's bass work, as I have already mentioned briefly compliments each individual song; whether it's working in the background with the drums in 'Everlong' of standing out in the forefront like in 'Enough Space', Nate exhibits a knack for knowing what will work in which song. I'll expand on my brief analysis of Enough Space as an example. The song would be lacking if the song had went for a bass riff which sat in the background instead of pounding away at the ears. Taylor Hawkins puts a sterling effort in on the drums as well, he doesn't sound like someone who played as part of Alanis Morisette's backing band. He comes up with some good little drum parts as well, for example, the snare roll in 'Up in Arms' to the drumbeat in 'My Hero', to the gentle drumming in 'February Stars' everything he does slips in and links everything together rather nicely

So, if you wish me to jump to my personal opinion of this album, I'll do so.

This album, in my opinion, is the Foo's best work; every member has knuckled down and done their best. From Dave, his amazing vocal range and some simple but effective guitar work. From Nate, some brilliant bass riffs and an honourable mention for the bass riff in 'Enough Space'. From Taylor, some good drumbeats and drumming that doesn't look to dominate the entire song; and from all of them in general, some brilliantly linked melodies and some impeccable songs, which is why I give this a'

'5/5

*Star Track*

The jewel in this album's gem-encrusted crown is the amazing 'February Stars', Dave Grohl's lyrics bring the image of a man who has lost everything worth living for and is merely 'hanging on'; which, in an album that has some real rocking tracks (Enough Space, Monkey Wrench), this track reminds you that music doesn't have to be all out screaming and shouting to get an emotion across. The music in the verses could be said to be rather minimalist, just a quiet acoustic guitar and some drums, adding to the sad aura. That said, the track ends in style when the guitar becomes loud and distorted, and Taylor seems to find the cymbals and, leading into the chorus, plays a little drumbeat similar to fireworks exploding. The song goes for a big finish, and while a lot of bands would have flopped on that, the Foo Fighters do it in style.


Tracks to download:

New Way Home
Enough Space
February Stars
Hey, Johnny Park!

who's better out of Kurt and Dave?

Who's Kurt?



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Neoteric
March 6th 2006



3243 Comments


This album ain't a 5, maybe a 3.5-4. I liked some tracks off of this. Nice review.

pixiesfanyo
March 6th 2006



1222 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

The Foo Fighters will always be to me the band that wrote the perfect modern rock song. "Everlong" is fantastic. Everything else they seem to do is not so, though.

black guy
March 6th 2006



47 Comments


This cd has a few really good tracks. The rest is pretty average though, same as everything else they've ever released.This Message Edited On 03.06.06

BringHomeTheBacon
March 6th 2006



248 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Nice review but the Foo Fighters during this time were Dave Grohl, Pat Smear, Nate Mendel, and William Goldsmith (only for a few songs). No Taylor Hawkins on this one.
I like this album a lot, it's very consistent. Everlong and New Way Home are my favorites. I prefer their first album over this slightly though.



The Jungler
March 6th 2006



4827 Comments


I dont know if this is a 5 or not but good review.

Hyper Music
March 6th 2006



45 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I completely agree, I think that this is the best album the Foos put out. Songs like Everlong, Walking after You, See You, Monkey Wrench, My Hero... in fact, they're all great. There's no 'Skip Factor' here. Good review! {Vote}This Message Edited On 03.06.06

altrockdude
March 6th 2006



150 Comments


your star track should have been everlong.

Waterloo_Sunset
March 6th 2006



452 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice review but the Foo Fighters during this time were Dave Grohl, Pat Smear, Nate Mendel, and William Goldsmith (only for a few songs). No Taylor Hawkins on this one.


Yeah I think Dave did most of the drumming on the recording and hence this was the reason Taylor was drafted after this album!

I love this album I'd give it about a 4, 4.5 if I was being biased Everlong is the best for me, and I like New Way Home also. None of the songs you can really pick out as bad songs! As for Kurt or Dave - I'd play devils advocate and say Kurt - maybe I'm biased on this (Huge Nirvana fan) but I just felt more passion in Kurt's voice - think Dave gets the softer notes easier, but Kurt was much more consistant with the higher stuff - if anyone gets the chance watch the Classic Albums DVD for Nevermind and there is a bit with Butch Vig playing Dave's voice and Kurt's at the same time on In Bloom I think and Kurt hit it much better IMO! anyways back to the review top marks to Innerdark!
This Message Edited On 03.06.06

Hyper Music
March 6th 2006



45 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeh, likewise Sunset, I'd say Kurt too (Also a huge Nirvana Fan) and YES I have ALSO seen the Nevermind Classic Album DVD and YES! ALSO saw that bit. Totally agree, but I love it when they turn everything down bar the bass and drums, and Krist's genious with the low growl is shown for what it really is.

led-zep-chris
March 6th 2006



52 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Great review, great album, I agree totally.
Edit: On the Foo Fighters Everywhere But Home Live DVD Dave does have a bit of trouble screaming the vocals; sometimes he leaves bits out that would totally destroy his voice box or asks the crowd to sing. Still sounds great thoughThis Message Edited On 03.06.06

innerdark
March 6th 2006



749 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

yeah, he's had doctors telling him he has to stop screaming as much because he was basically breakinig his voicebox

pulseczar
March 6th 2006



2385 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Nice work, though I don't think it desrves a 5, far from groundbreaking, quirky or original. I think FF's first two albums are great, but after that it just all sounds so generic and boring, In Your Honour is somewhat of an improvement though. I wish he'd sing more and scream less, I don't think he pulls it off well.

Zebra
Moderator
March 6th 2006



2647 Comments


This was a quality review. I dont enjoy the Foo Fighters but dont dislike them. I haven't heard many songs by them however the ones that I have heard have been really simple, and kind of boring.

morrissey
Moderator
March 6th 2006



1688 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I like "Monkey Wrench" but to be honest that's the only song I've heard from this album.

Nice review, you get better every time, it is great to see. This Message Edited On 03.06.06

innerdark
March 6th 2006



749 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

meh, i think this is a five, but each to their own

Storm In A Teacup
March 6th 2006



12702 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good work. Everlong is one of the greatest songs ever.

innerdark
March 6th 2006



749 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

not really, My Hero > Everlong


Storm In A Teacup
March 6th 2006



12702 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I used to love My Hero, but it's really boring now.

innerdark
March 6th 2006



749 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I used to love Everlong, but it's really a bit boring now.

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
March 6th 2006



15732 Comments


Kurt owns Dave Grohl.



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