Day 29: Foo Fighters – The Colour and the Shape

Day 29: Foo Fighters – The Colour and the Shape

Tracklist

  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
  14. The Colour and the Shape*

*bonus track

About the album

The Colour and the Shape is the second studio release from American alternative rockers, the Foo Fighters. Released in 1997, The Colour and the Shape reached number three in the United Kingdom and reached number ten in the United States. It is considered to be the Foo Fighters’ biggest selling album win the United States with well over 2+ million copies sold.

Thoughts on the Album

I’ll but it simply, some of the tracks on The Colour and the Shape are my all-time favorite and are on constant rotation on my Spotify and my iPhone playlists. The songs are varied and dynamic in terms of styling.

“Monkey Wrench” the second track on The Colour and the Shape, is probably one of the most recognizable songs from the album. It is a very catchy song to say the least, featuring a nice, high pitched, and upbeat tempo. Highlighted is the very fancy guitar work of Pat Smear. Lyrics work very well with it.

“Hey, Johnny Park!” often overlooked, was written for Dave Grohl’s childhood friend. Simply stated, it features awesome riffs and basslines. Catchy, diverse lyrics. Only slight, very slight, letdown is the chorus, which is kind of unoriginal. But I will let it slide.

“My Hero” is probably the one song of the Foo Fighters that I have heard on heavy radio airplay. It is a fantastic song, Featuring the signature drumming of Grohl, some catchy guitar riffs and hooks, and of course… very powerful lyrics. It does get old after awhile, I will admit.

“Everlong” is the most quintessential Foo Fighters song. Probably their most famous one too. Instantly recognizable from the soft guitar intro that builds into a hard rocker. I get chills down my spine whenever I hear it. Quick paced, and somewhat calming, this is the song that defines the Foos.

Thoughts on the album

It is interesting not the control that Grohl had on this album. With the exception of a few songs, Grohl is the drummer on the rest of the album. That said, if The Colour and the Shape isn’t on your list of “greatest albums of the 1990s” you’re doing it wrong. A generation of music fans now get to experience some of the songs from The Colour and the Shape first hand with plastic instruments. This new generation of gamers and listeners have only been told about Grohl’s drumming, but only failed attempts at the signature drum intro of “My Hero” or the awkwardness of “Enough Space” really displayed his great technique. I will say this… the hardest and most difficult song on Rock Band 2 has to be “Everlong” where even average players could rarely duplicate Dave’s stick speed. It is simply amazing to hear Grohl drum.

Conclusion

A damn near perfect album. Featuring songs that shift through dynamic ranges and highlight Grohl’s drum work and voice. There are songs that match whatever mood you are in, which a love about this album. Definitely a must listen to. “Everlong” should be on your list on either “greatest songs of the 1990s” or “greatest songs ever… of all time”.

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