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Foo Fighters, The - The Colour and The Shape
Label: RCA Records
Release: 1997

1. Doll
2. Monkey Wrench
3. Hey, Johnny Park!
4. My Poor Brain
5. Wind Up
6. Up In Arms
7. My Hero
8. See You
9. Enough Space
10. February Stars
11. Everlong
12. Walking After You
13. New Way Home

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Kurt Cobain’s death left a void in music that perhaps still hasn’t been filled today. As Nirvana quickly became an ever-present memory in the minds of music junkies and grunge enthusiasts worldwide, the remaining members of the trio set out to accomplish on their own, and carry the torch of their fame.

Kris Novoselic performed in underground groups, before finally calling it quits for the music industry after his band Eyes Adrift, collaboration with Curt Kirkwood of the Meat Puppets and Sublime’s Bud Gaugh, released their first album.

Dave Grohl however, fronted The Foo Fighters, one of the most well known bands in the world. Armed with catchy singles, the pop sensibilities he picked up in Nirvana, and just flat out great talent, Grohl and the band quickly shot to critical acclaim quicker than you can say “Nevermind.”

The Colour And The Shape was the Foo’s second album. They had already established themselves as heavy contenders in pop music, but now it was time to make “the band with the guy who used to be in Nirvana” band into a powerhouse of a music mainstay. And while not as openly personal, chaotic, and distorted as his time in Nirvana, Grohl succeeds in doing just that with this album.

Those looking for songs that are mere continuations of Grohl’s time in Nirvana, look elsewhere. The Colour and The Shape sounds nothing like Nirvana. In reality, there are bands that sound like The Foo Fighters, but there aren’t many that can succeed in releasing pop-polished sure-fire singles and songs of anthem-like quality that they can.

The albums singles, “Monkey Wrench,” “My Hero,” and “Everlong,” have been slapped onto countless things from movie soundtracks to commercials. The only downfall is, that, the singles show you exactly what you’re going to get on the album. While The Foo Fighters are a talented band, they do tend to become a bit bland, there are no surprises on this album.

While many would prefer “Everlong,” the high point of this album in my mind is “February Stars,” a very slow moving piece, a soft song for the teenagers, it eventually erupts with an explosion of an ender that will leave you breaking fingers on the rewind button.

“Walking After You,” and the short opener “Doll,” are very relaxed songs, which are both great, leaving us wondering what kind of band that Grohl and co. could be if they released an album of essentially acoustic, softer, songs rather than trying to rock out.

The song reaches it’s low point at the song “My Poor Brain,” which starts with a mix of bad sounding feedback. The song doesn’t really pick up at all after, a very poor song.

Overall, The Foo Fighters are brimming with potential. We’ll have to see if in the future they begin to utilize it rather than sticking to the same old formula.

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