Concrete and Gold (Sony)
The Foos’ ninth LP is a curious beast indeed. It takes its cues from the classic rock and blues of old—one that sees a Beatle sit behind the kit on the ‘70s rock-inspired Sunday Rain while resident tub-thumper Taylor Hawkins steps up to the mic; one that takes a raw and bluesy, gospelinspired approach on The Sky is a Neighbourhood, complete with vocal harmonies from The Kills’ Alison Mosshart.
And yet, the hallmarks of a Foos record remain: the heavily distorted La Dee Da recalls the wild, unrestrained edge of ‘Watershed’, while the massive chorus of Arrows instils it with instant replay value.
There’s a depth here that Grohl and the gang have never fully allowed themselves to explore until now. So much for an ‘indefinite hiatus’, eh? Emily Swanson