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Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace

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With 2005’s In Your Honor, the Foo Fighters distinctly divided their approach into acoustic and electric collections that helped the band fully explore their disparate influences without watering down either approach. For the follow-up, 2007’s Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace, the group string their various approaches together for what flows as a naturally stylistically diverse album, comfortable expressing its angst with distorted guitars and emotionally charged pleading (“But, Honestly”) or with the piano and gentle orchestration of the album’s closing ballad (“Home”). Singer Dave Grohl has always seemed most comfortable leading a hard rock charge, and “The Pretender,” “Cheer Up, Boys” and “Long Road to Ruin” are readymades for the Foo Fighters’ live assault. However, the album’s most surprising and affecting moments are the subdued shades of the whispered forecasts of “Stranger Things Have Happened” and the duet with acoustic guitar virtuoso Kaki King for “Ballad of the Beaconsfield Miners,” where Grohl displays an emotive range that establishes him as a first-rate singer, in case there was any doubt.

Customer Reviews

another solid effort from the fooies

Having more in common with their magnum opus "The Colour and the Shape" than any of theirs albums since the turn of the millenium, Echoes is, from start to finish, a thouroughly enjoyable album from Dave Grohl and Co. Everything we love about the Foo Fighters is here, from walls of guitars - The Pretender, Let it Die - to more introspective ballad-type songs - Stranger Things, Home. There is a great mix of both sides on offer here (there is even a guitar solo on Long Road to Ruin), and the album actually seems to know when the listener wants a huge chorus or a big riff or just a chill out. Lyrically, this is a very personal album for Dave Grohl as he sings passionately about his life, his family, and the world around him. The tongue-in-cheek Cheer Up Boys (Your Make Up is Running), Dave's criticism of the rampant emo culture, goes to show the Fooies still have a great sense of fun. And yes, there is indeed a track about that whole trapped miners thing...but it is an instrumental, and a very good one. A John Butler Trio-influenced affair, the acoustic guitars sing and jangle brightly, serving as a nice shout out from Dave Grohl to his miner friends. For an all-encompassing, modern rock record, look no further. From the throat shredding screams of Let it Die, to the fragile and beautiful piano-led ballad Home, this will please the fans and convert the unfaithful.

Foos deliver again

This is a really interesting release from the Foos. Whereas the last release separated the light and shade over two discs - this time it's all in one, including some tracks that beautifully blend this dynamic in the one track - like 'Come Alive' and 'But, Honestly'. As an Aussie was surprised to hear a tribute to the Beaconsfield miners, which is a curious, slightly Page-esque, rambling piece of acoustica. As always with the Foos there are moments on the album which you can anticipate are going blow your lid in a live setting. 'Let it Die' is one of these tracks that blends the light and shade dynamic in a way that has you pensively awaiting the coming of the tide that will surely blow your clothes off when they tour... bring it on!

Rockin'

A lot of people have described the Foo Fighters as a band that sounds the same from song to song, album to album. While this is true instrumentally (aside from Grohls piano work in Home), in Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace Grohl comes to a new level in his songwriting. This album contains a mixture of melodically and harmonically brilliant softer passages and songs - Stranger things have Happened comes to mind, mixed with that raw Foo Fighters drive in the heavier songs (The Pretender). All in all a brilliant album that showcases the bands maturity and skill. Well worth the buy!

Biography

Formed: 1995 in Seattle, WA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

When Foo Fighters released a debut album written and recorded entirely by leader Dave Grohl — at that point known only as the powerhouse drummer for Nirvana — in the summer of 1995, few would have guessed that the group would wind up as the one band to survive the '90s alt-rock explosion unscathed. Other bands burned brighter but they flamed out, breaking up after scoring a hit or two, while the Foos steadily racked up success after success, filling stadiums around the world while staying...
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