Foo Fight­ers

Sonic HigH­wayS

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In support of their ex­cel­lent eight-part TV doc­u­men­tary ex­plor­ing the roots of Amer­i­can mu­sic, Dave Grohl and his merry and tal­ented bunch of men have re­leased an al­bum bear­ing the same ti­tle. As they trav­elled the coun­try to visit the fea­tured ci­ties for the pro­gramme, they recorded th­ese tracks in eight ‘iconic’ stu­dios and this al­bum is the re­sult. Grohl says that thanks to the his­tory and cul­ture, as well as the tech­ni­cal equip­ment and pro­duc­tion, each stu­dio and even the ci­ties them­selves had an ef­fect on how their mu­sic sounded. More im­por­tantly for their fol­low­ers, this is a very classy and well con­ceived al­bum that should ap­peal to an even wider au­di­ence than the Foos al­ready com­mand. Check out the sin­gle pull and open­ing track, Some­thing From Noth­ing as a taster; it’s a solid and force­ful per­for­mance that is beau­ti­fully pro­duced. It’s all good stuff though, par­tic­u­larly things like the high-en­ergy Con­gre­ga­tion that fea­tures some great light and shade. Out­side re­ally drives along and I Am A River grad­u­ally works to­wards a huge mu­si­cal cli­max. We like this a lot so make sure you give it a lis­ten (catch the TV se­ries on catch-up too) - the more you do, the bet­ter it gets.

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