ISSUE #8 FEB 06

Bob

Foo Fighters
"In Your Honor"

31st August 2005
reviewer: Bob
rating: 3 out of 5
published by: RCA
released: 13th June 2005
  1. In Your Honour
  2. No Way Back
  3. Best Of You
  4. DOA
  5. Hell
  6. The Last Song
  7. Free Me
  8. Resolve
  9. The Deepest Blues Are Back
  10. End Over End
  11. Still
  12. What If I Do
  13. Miracle
  14. Another Friend
  15. Friend Of A Friend
  16. Over 'N' Out
  17. On The Mend
  18. Virginia Moon
  19. Cold Day In The Sun
  20. Razor

The dawn of the compact disc and its ability to store nearly 80 minutes of music pretty much killed the concept of the double album. It takes something pretty special to fill two discs. So when the Foo Fighters announced their new album would be a double alarm bells started to ring. Especially after the somewhat patchy One By One.

The two discs are spilt into Loud and Not So Loud. The Loud disc concentrates on what the band do so well and comes out of the corner fighting like Ali in his prime. You get the trademark Foos sound of guitar riffs you could hang Michelle McManus on, thundering drums and Dave Grohl howling over the top. The tracks keep coming like haymakers. It can be as punishing as it sounds.

The lyrics seem to reveal that the nicest man in rock is currently concerned with mortality. Several tracks either concern or mention death. From the title track's refrain of “In your honour I would die tonight” to ‘D.O.A.’'s chorus of “It's a shame we have to die my dear, No-one's getting out of here alive, This time”.

The second acoustic disc is, unfortunately, a bit dull. It’s an interesting experiment and it’s nice to see a mainstream rock band try something a little different. The main problem is Grohl's voice. Extremely well suited to stadium rock, its just not versatile enough to add depth and colour to the tunes on offer here. It’s probably no coincidence that the best track, ‘Cold Day In The Sun’, is sung by Taylor Hawkins. There are a couple of other highlights including ‘Friend Of A Friend’ concerning Kurt Cobain which is a touching portrait of the deceased rock legend, but overall the acoustic set is flawed.

Steak and chips is a winning combination. But if you ate all the steak first you might find the chips a little dull all on their own. So it is here. The Foos fans, of which there are many, will more than likely love the Loud disc. It does exactly what it says on the tin. The Not So Loud one is destined to be something of a curio in the Foos back catalogue.

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