[NEW RELEASE]Foo FightersFoo Fighters
Album: Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace
Label: Sony BMG
If you still associate the Foo Fighters with Nirvana, you’re still living in the 1990s. The only common denominator is Dave Grohl, drummer for Nirvana and lead singer and rhythm guitarist for the Foo Fighters. But the Foo Fighters, an American quartet, has none of youthful angst of Nirvana, a point that becomes clear on this latest release.
The opening track, “The Pretender,” thrives on driving riffs and a catchy refrain: “What if I said I’m not like the others?” That track has been getting a lot of airplay on the U.S. Forces radio here in Korea.
The songs quiet down after that, but that’s not such a bad thing. The album’s finest tracks are softer and more radio-friendly, such as “Let it Die,” “Long Road to Ruin” and “Stranger Things Have Happened.”
Another difference between Nirvana and the Foo Fighters is the former never set out to be popular. Kurt Cobain hated commercialism. But Grohl and Co. have every intention to be rock stars. And we’re all fortunate for that. By Yoo Jee-ho