Con­crete and Gold (Sony)

Australian HIFI - - EISA AWARDS – 2018-2019 -

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

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