Foo Fighters: Concrete and Gold
Foo Fighters release their new album about a month ago in mid-September without me knowing. Bastards. I forgave them and listened to their new album. This isn’t a review, just my thoughts.
Foo Fighters have great music, but their albums from There Is Nothing Left to Lose and onward all sound the same. When I sat down, (well, laid down-I felt awful that day) I expected the same old, awesome music. I had already heard their first two singles, Run, a 90’s-esque, grunge tune, and The Sky is a Neighborhood, a blues-rock, almost sing-a-long song, and I liked them both. Not personal favorites, but they served their purpose and got me excited for the album.
The rest of the album was nothing like previous albums and blew me away. Thick, fuzzy guitars and snappy drums kept me engaged the whole time. Dave Grohl’s voice had a nice distortion around the edges, unlike Rival Sons, who go overboard with that effect. There’s also nice keys/synth action on some of the songs. If I didn’t have to watch my money, I would have bought the album on the spot.
“I’ve been drinking dirty water/The taste of sweet revenge, best served cold” Dirty Water off Concrete and Gold by Foo Fighters
Knuckle Puck: Shapeshifter
I got to see Knuckle Puck almost exactly a year ago, along with Real Friends and The Wonder Years, and while I went there solely for Real Friends, I walked out wanting more Knuckle Puck. Also with a new-found love of crowdsurfing and ears that didn’t stop ringing for two days.
Over the summer, Knuckle Puck has release a handful of singles (Gone, Double Helix, and Want Me Around) that got me super excited for the new album. I listened to Gone, and Double Helix pretty much on repeat, singing along where I knew the lyrics. I began looking up tour dates for Knuckle Puck so I could see them and even considered buying a shirt and their CDs (yes, the physical copies).
While Foo Fighters destroyed my expectations, Knuckle Puck barely met them. The songs, while catchy and fast, felt just a step above standard pop/punk. There wasn’t a song that really made me stop what I was doing and start dancing or scream lyrics, the way the singles did. The album was good enough that I was able to listen through and be entertained, but lacked that punch that made me want to hit play again.
Sometimes, a second listen can make or break an album and both of these albums do deserve a second listen.
Some people say they can’t listen to an album in its entirety. They can’t focus, they don’t care about the other songs, etc, but I think that’s what makes the artist shine. That’s where the gems lie. The songs that are so ladened with the artist’s emotions that you feel like you are them and they play every live show. Those are the songs that make an album. Anyone can write a good song. Writing an album? Twelve songs that pull you through and teach you lessons about yourself and others. That’s hard to do.
“You always did feel just like home/But you were always so unreachable.” – Wait off Shapeshifter by Knuckle Puck