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"One of the best albums of 2007." Purchased on Mighty Ape

I'm sitting here on release day listening to the new disc for about the 5th time straight. The songs are getting ingrained now – like old shoes; getting more comfortable every time you wear them. Some might worry hey it's not been long since they did an album. That's true – Skin & Bones was just last year, but it was a live acoustic disc from the tours they did for 2005's In Your Honor based largely on the 2nd cd theme.

So whats really new here? Well the magic part of this album for Foo fans is it has a feel to it that kinda wraps up that recent acoustic feel and all the stuff the guys have learned and loved, and puts in some truly wicked new rock numbers along with a massively laid back feel throughout. None of the tracks seem stressed, the feel is smooth, thoughtful and intelligent. A band that like really fine bands can grow and do new stuff, but at the same time always learn new ways to have old fans go oh hell yeah, while also make new fans go oh yes thats pretty damn good I like that.

I cant ever admit not to being a very biased Foos fan. I've collected pretty much everything they have ever done – down to super rare stuff like Dave's original Pocketwatch cassette. So on the other side I've pretty much heard it all and have a reasonably good right to be able to make a comparison of this release to what has gone before. It has some solid hard rock, but not as much as many might like, “The Pretender” heads down the well proven Foos road, it's a great rock song, but shows too a difference from past songs, and it is that difference that shines on this release.

Gil Norton produced the album, having just also done some work with the Foos on the re-release of Color and the Shape for the 10th anniversary release of that cd which he produced in 1997. Anyone expecting 10 years to go by and there be no changes is never going to be happy. But this is a band that more than any Ive ever known has grown. Maybe, just maybe if Id been young enough to follow all the Rolling Stones releases from the start I could say they were the same – the ability to keep doing new things, but keep tying up lose ends and delivering packages that just seem so complete.

And that's the key here with this release – its old and new – some truly great Foo rock, mixed with some amazing acoustic based tracks. But they don't have that experimental feel any more; this is very very refined, and feels very right. Emotive, seemingly raw, and yet incredibly intelligently produced. That's Gil Norton's work – as he did ten years ago – letting the artist be who they are, and yet making that essence shine. The difference now is that this is not an up and coming band – it's like a fine wine – getting better with age, showing different flavours and making the person on the other end savour every drop.

Yes I am biased, so let the proof be in the listening. Time will tell where this release sits in the Foos lineup. Personally on day one Ive never felt this at home with any album ever, and my cd collection alone numbers 800+. If you were thinking of getting this then I say definitely do it. If you like the single, then find someone with the album and listen to it, Id put money on you wanting to buy it once you have. This will be one of, if not the best album of 2007.

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"Real Good!"
5 stars"

This is a really good album. A little slower than their usual stuff but some great songs!

"Best of '07"
5 stars"

Easily my favorite album of '07. “The Pretender” is a killer track. Although the rest of the album isn't as heavy as this song, which surprised me. But still! The rest of the album is just as good. It just took me a couple of start to finish listens to really get into it, now I refuse to take it out of my CD player! I say even if you're not a diehard Foo fan, get this album. Just give it some time to grow on you. Once it does, you'll be listening to it over and over again! 5 stars!


Foo Fighters: Dave Grohl (piano); Taylor Hawkins (background vocals); Nate Mendel.

Additional personnel: Kaki King, Pat Smear (guitar); Brantley Kearns Jr. (fiddle); Rami Jaffee (accordion); Drew Hester (percussion); Chris Shiflett.

ECHOES, SILENCE, PATIENCE & GRACE, the Foo Fighters' sixth effort, upholds the band's allegiance to melody-heavy post-grunge power pop driven by roaring guitars and Dave Grohl's fine songwriting. The Foos are aided by super-producer Gil Norton this time out (Norton also helped craft the group's second, and arguably best, album, THE COLOR AND THE SHAPE). The result is a polished yet powerful outing that proves the Foos have earned their status as one of alternative rock's most reliable acts.

But while tunes like "The Pretender" pack a hard-rock wallop, the real surprises on ECHOES are the softer songs. The breezy, folky "Summer's End," for example, is a standout, as is Grohl's solo acoustic performance on "Stranger Things Have Happened." This isn't to say the Foo Fighters have mellowed--the album contains as much amplified snarl as any of their others--but here the quieter moments rival the rockers, revealing a band whose intimate, earnest moments are as convincing as their head-banging ones.

What the critics say...

Rolling Stone (p.116) - Included in Rolling Stone's "50 Top Albums of the Year 2007" -- "[T]he Foo Fighters deliver winners..."
Spin (p.122) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Grohl has been a model of steady efficiency....'Summer's End' is a breezy blast of California country rock..."
Entertainment Weekly (p.104) - "Like the greats, the Foos have found a way to create their own archetype, with an instinctive feel for what constitutes a killer song." -- Grade: A
Q (p.87) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Each of these tracks makes the case for Foo Fighters' horizons successfully expanding....Similarly, there's a sophistication to the arrangements here, musical and vocal, not previously hinted at."
Uncut (p.88) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he excellent 'Summer's End' is easy on the ear, easier still on the brain..."
Kerrang (Magazine) (p.46) - "[T]he Foo Fighters have managed to recapture the magic ingredient which magical music really needs -- the art of sounding effortless."
Q (Magazine) (p.84) - Ranked #12 in Q's "The 50 Best Albums Of 2007" -- "[A] big, brash effort that hollered all the way back to the cheap seats without sacrificing its humanity."
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September 25th, 2007
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RCA Records (USA)
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