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Friday, June 17, 2005

Foo Fighters: In Your Honor

Today I listened to the Foo Fighter's new album In Your Honor.

It is a double album. The first cd is heavier and rockier. The second cd is mellower. Not a new concept, but very nicely done. Sometimes the double album thing doesn't work. But I think that it works very well in this case. The different cds are different. Yet, despite their different feels there is something that holds them together.

Anyway, I think both cds are very very good. This is definitely my favourite of the Foo Fighters so far. Actually, this is the first time I have been inspired to actually buy a Foo Fighters album. I haven't been a fan until maybe now. It might be a strange thing to say seeing as it is still basically just catchy rock, but this album feels like it has more substance. A greater depth maybe. It is too soon to tell, but after one listen (while working) this has the potential to make it onto my all-time favourite album list.

What I like about this release is that there is greater variety. The heavier stuff seems heavier. The mellow stuff seems mellower and quite beautiful. They seem to have stretched themselves musically. But what makes this greater diversity so good is that all the songs are very good, the songs are catchy with great hooks, and the lyrics are interesting.

Here is a snippet from Best of You by Foo Fighters:
Are you gone and into someone new
I needed somewhere to hang my head without your noose
You gave me something that I didn’t have but had no use

I only have one FF disc -- I don't even remember which one. I was disappointed -- expected better. Not really sure why, but the rest of the album just didn't catch me the way the songs that were (over)played on the radio did, and I'm usually the guy who likes the rest of the album better than the singles.
I think you might like In Your Honor better. I'll need a few more listens before recommending it unreserverdly though :)
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