Fans didn’t have to wait too long for another Foo Fighters album. The band followed up their 2011 album Wasting Light with Sonic Highways, an album that most critics are calling very ambitious.
This isn’t just an album that shows off the band, but also features guests by Death Cab for Cutie’s Ben Gibbard, and Rick Nielsen and Walsh from Cheap Trick. According to an interview with NME, drummer Taylor Hawkins said that the album is as perfect as possible, which opens an experience up to grow.
“I want drums to sound like drums as opposed to a drum machine. We kept it as humanly perfect as possible but nothing more. It’s as perfect as we can be, which is not perfect.”
Fans of the Foo Fighters can stream the album over at iTunes Radio right now. Sonic Highways is unique for a reason — each song is recorded in a different city in the states, in order to celebrate heritage. As a companion to the recording process for their eight studio album, Dave Grohl and the guys decided to release an HBO documentary series Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways that films the whole process.
Of his exhausting workload, Grohl told Esquire, “I’m very proud of what I’ve accomplished. But I still don’t think I’ve done my best thing yet. I’ve always felt like that. I’ve always felt like the next record is going to be the last record. You have to say, ‘This next one is going to be the last one, so we have to make it good.’ We’ve said that eight times in the Foo Fighters across 20 years, every record. Just keep moving. There’s so much more to look forward to.”
Currently, their new album has a Metacritic score of 77 out of 11 critic reviews, which have all been positive.
“It’s the most polished and invigorated the band has sounded in quite some time, probably because the album centers on Grohl’s most ambitious concept to date.”
He continues, analyzing the little touches throughout the track “Something From Nothing.”
“It’s the little touches of influences that stay with you. The powerful opener “Something From Nothing” sounds like a straightforward Foo Fighters track, until the guitar parts ring in. The track, inspired by the Great Chicago Fire, contains all the power of Chicago’s best rock bands, including Smashing Pumpkins and Cheap Trick.”