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Foo Fighters are a well known alternative rock band and formed in 1994. The band is fronted by singer and guitarist Dave Grohl, who was the drummer in Nirvana before he started the Foo Fighters. The drumming on this album, The Colour and The Shape, was done by Dave Grohl himself, as he did not like what the band's drummer at the time, William Goldsmith, had done so he rerecorded it himself.
I used to be a big fan of Foo Fighters during my school and college years, although I have not really listened to their last couple of albums much as their music seems to have become a little bit bland compared to what it once was. They have seven albums in total and The Colour and The Shape is the second, released in 1997. This is probably my favourite album by Foo Fighters and it contains my absolute favourite song of all time by anyone - Everlong.
Everlong is brilliant from the very first seconds of the song. Not only is it my favourite song, it also has my favourite ever intro. It is a subtle, creeping and beautiful intro until Grohl sings "hello, I've waited here for you..." I love everything about this song. Great drumming, great guitar, great lyrics. It is an intense love song with lyrics such as "and I wonder if everything could ever feel this real forever, if anything could ever be this good again, the only thing I'll ever ask of you, you've got to promise not to stop when I say when".
The tracklist of The Colour and The Shape is as follows:
Hey, Johnny Park!
My Poor Brain
Up In Arms
Walking After You
New Way Home
The total run time is 46:47.
As I said, my absolute favourite is Everlong and this is a definite standout on the album, but the other tracks are also excellent.
Doll is a short and sweet start to the album, a song about facing something you are scared of. It then goes into Monkey Wrench, which is a rockier song and one that is really catchy and sets the tone of the album.
The album contains a good mix of harder rock songs, such as Monkey Wrench, My Poor Brain and Wind Up which are a bit grungey in style and have some screamy vocals, alongside much softer and tender songs such as February Stars and Walking After You. The song Up In Arms, which is one of my favourites, mixes two styles within one song, starting off as a sweet and simple love song, then going into a short drum break and increasing the tempo a lot to make it a bit rockier and more upbeat. See You is also a really catchy song. I like how the album finishes with New Way Home's repeated "I'm not scared, I'm not scared" as I think it brings it full circle from Doll, which is about fear or going into something unprepared.
The one song I am less keen on is Enough Space as I find it a bit too screamy and wild for my taste.
Overall it's a great album which I have listened to hundred of times over the years and still really enjoy now. I think it does have a 90s vibe to it, but sounds classic rather than dated in my opinion. I would recommend it to anyone who likes rock music.
You can listen to this free on Spotify or pick it up cheap online, such as used from 28p on Amazon marketplace. A new copy can be bought on Amazon for £7. You often see it reduced to about £7 in shops such as HMV or Fopp too. It is definitely worth it at that price in my opinion.
"Disc #1 Tracklisting
2 Monkey Wrench
3 ""Hey, Johnny Park!""
4 My Poor Brain
5 Wind Up
6 Up In Arms
7 My Hero
8 See You
9 Enough Space
10 February Stars
12 Walking After You
13 New Way Home"