Foo Fight­ers

Con­crete And Gold

Mojo (UK) - - News - Ge­orge Garner

COLUMBIA. CD/DL/LP Dave Grohl’s troupe reach out in new di­rec­tions on bril­liant, ex­pan­sive ninth LP.

In con­cep­tion and ex­e­cu­tion, Con­crete And Gold stands as Foo Fight­ers’ most be­guil­ing record to date. There is much to ad­mire here as they grind rock and pop’s tec­tonic plates to­gether in a de­lib­er­ate gam­ble to widen their sound. Through­out, the Foos op­er­ate with a charm­ing ex­ploratory gid­di­ness, be it the au­da­cious lay­ered har­monies on T-Shirt or the sur­prise pi­ano coda on Sun­day Rain. Pro­ducer Greg Kurstin (Adele, Sia) han­dles this sonic repo­si­tion­ing ex­pertly, find­ing co­he­sion among all the duelling el­e­ments. In­deed, his bor­der­line-patho­log­i­cal at­ten­tion to de­tail adds melodic rich­ness even when the band are dis­patch­ing the screamed as­sault of La Dee Da. Best of all is the ti­tle track con­tain­ing stran­gled notes, cho­ral se­quences and one of Grohl’s most af­fected – and af­fect­ing – vo­cal per­for­mances to date. Rarely have the Foos sounded this big, or this bold.

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