Released: November 10, 2014
The Foo Fighters ventured out into America and recorded eight new songs each done in a different city, hence the title of the album, “Sonic Highways”. This album is very ambitious and displays the extreme talent of the Foo Fighters and their ability to create amazing songs in various ways that encompass different aspects of rock and roll. If you have not had a realization of the greatness and importance of this band in the modern world of rock, please give this album a listen and feel the power and know that rock and roll is very much still alive.
The first track “Something From Nothing” has a really groovy feel that escalates at a nice pace until the breakdown where front man Dave Grohl bursts out with some emotion and builds yet again to a scream demonstrating his strong vocal power and amazing control. “The Feast and the Famine” sounds like a track that could have fit in on the bands earlier albums such as “One By One” or “There’s Nothing Left To Lose” with the way it is constructed. The rest of the songs on the album are all good, each with its own distinguished sound and feel.
The final track on the album, “I Am a River” is probably one of the strongest on the album despite its seven minute length which is something kind of new for the Foo Fighters. The song has a very gradual, soothing build that climbs nicely to the chorus. This song is the perfect demonstration of how simplicity is sometimes the best way to construct a song. While some songs work well with a lot of depth and a page full of lyrics the Foo Fighters understand that a great song gets the point across in a simple, well constructed way as is demonstrated in this amazing final track.
Sonic Highways is a great album! At times it may sound reflective or comparative to earlier albums by the Foo Fighters but overall it is a refreshingly new and horizon expanding album that shows me that this band is still growing. This is a band made up of musicians, not just song writers, but real, genuinely authentic, hard working, and very talented musicians. If you want to hear some great modern rock then the Foo Fighters are a great band to look to. This is a band that will be considered a “Classic Rock Band” in the future and they rightfully deserve it!