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Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace  Hear it Now

RS: 3.5of 5 Stars Average User Rating: 4of 5 Stars

2007

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This is an anthology of strong new songs by a great bunch of bands, all calling themselves Foo Fighters. You get the speed-of-light Foos in "The Pretender," the glam-candy Fighters in "Long Road to Ruin," the Southern-rock stompers who butt in with "Summers End" and the goth folkies on "Stranger Things Have Happened." Singer-guitarist and ex-Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl used to spread this variety across whole albums -- the one-man power pop of 1995's Foo Fighters; the real-band slam of '97's The Colour and the Shape; the unplugged CD in the 2005 set In Your Honor. He has finally figured out how to make one record out of all that leeway.

There are bumps -- "Stranger Things" isn't strange enough (drums and fuzz would have helped) -- and a disappointing finish: "Home," which is just Grohl on vocals, piano and too much melodrama. Grohl, guitarist Chris Shiflett, bassist Nate Mendel and drummer Taylor Hawkins make the same points about loss, defiance and rescue better earlier: in the machine-gun-guitar stutter of "Erase/Replace" (Grohl writes riffs like a drummer) and the shape-shifting "Let It Die," which starts with cautious acoustic questioning ("In too deep and out of time/Why'd you have to go and let it die?"), then blows up into a full-metal cross-examination.

And there is "Ballad of the Beaconsfield Miners," a fingerpicking ballet with guest guitarist Kaki King that sounds like it dropped in from an old Takoma Records anthology. Grohl wrote the instrumental after meeting a survivor of a 2006 mine collapse in Tasmania (while trapped underground, the miner asked for an iPod loaded with Foo songs to keep him company) and swore to record it. The track makes no sense, even in this eclecticism -- except that Grohl is a man of his word.

DAVID FRICKE

(Posted: Oct 4, 2007)

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Review 1 of 21

foofightersfreak writes:

Not Rated

First and foremost, before I make my official post, I think it's obvious to you all that from my screenname, I am a die-hard FF fan, but I have to be brutally honest in regards to this album -- it's mediocre. It's truly amazing to find die-hard FF fans that can't help but to rate every FF album four or five stars. Do you know what 4 or 5 stars represents? A very good album to an instant classic. Some of you view ESPG as a classic?? Jesus, get your heads out of your asses. This album is dissapointing with a bunch of decent songs on it (2-2.5). Other than the following songs: "The Pretender (four stars), "Let It Die" (four stars) "Erase/Replace (three stars), "Summer's End (three stars) and "Cheer Up, Boys" (three stars), everything else is (2 star quality tracks) making this album 2.5 out of 5. 5 star albums = AIC's "DIRT", Pearl Jam's "Ten", Soundgarden's "Superunknown", Zeppelin's "I, "IV", "Houses of the Holy", just to name a few rock albums -- this album isn't remotely on the same level. Anyway, I think I'm realistic compared to most that post their own reviews so hate me if you want, but you know I'm right. To the guy who made a remark, "The Foo Fighters are highly overrated, I hope the magazine rating isn't a misprint. So the guy drummed for Nirvana, therefore, he's impervious to bad records--or bad music entirely?" Please, sir. We agree on one thing, this album is mediocre at best, however, you're completely out of your element talking about Grohl like that. The guy's got more talent than you've got in your left nut. He's on a completely different playing field of talent that Cobain could have ever had. Do you want to know the differences between Cobain and Grohl? Cobain's dead, Grohl's very much alive, Nirvana was a mediocre rock band (FF are a great rock band) while Grohl stayed behind the scenes waiting for his opportunity to shine. So, in effect, thanks Kurt! Nirvana would have never been the rock and roll band FF is today. NEVER. Even if Cobain were alive today, Grohl would have left Nirvana after growing tired of the bs songwriting and depressing material. There are only a handful of vocalists in today's rock and roll scene that have a better overall voice than Grohl, but he certainly screams louder and with intensity than anyone else and you can feel it too. Apparently you don't, but that's okay -- you're missing out. That's my rant...

Oct 8, 2007 16:37:03

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Review 2 of 21

darcyrw33 writes:

4of 5 Stars

First of all, for myself, this is both the "Zeppelin IV" and "Harvest" of this generation. The album may not be a full on mosh, but slower songs like "Stranger Things" and "Home" are mature attempts to recreate the acoustic sounds of Neil Young. Dave is still learning but these songs are barely speed bumps leading to permanent paralysis. I am sick of defending this publication to friends who dislike Rolling Stones reviews. Smarten up David Fricke. If I find out that your 2 1/2 star rating on the Foo album was no misprint, I will burn the near 300 magazines that I have purchased over the last decade and begin purchasing a less confused publication. There, I said it.

Oct 7, 2007 12:58:36

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mangs28 writes:

4of 5 Stars

2 1/2 stars, are you kidding me?? I would give this latest album 4 1/2 stars as it clearly shows how versitale Dave's songwriting and melody's can be. If RS can only give this 2.5 stars, it makes me think what it takes to get 4 or 5? It's evident that RS has sometihing against one of the best bands of the last 10 years... Maybe the jerk that rated the album should listen to it more than once before giving their readers a terrible mis- assesment. FF are one of the top bands going right now and this latest album proves that they are only getting better with time. If you like both sides of 'In Your Honor' you will love ESPG. Dave Grohl is God!

Oct 4, 2007 13:35:48

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thnkfstpal writes:

2of 5 Stars

the actual ROLLING STONE "PHYSICAL" MAGAZINE that you hold in your hands gave this album 2 1/2 stars. Now in the ONLINE addition it gets 3 1/2??? WTF??.Can you say "PAYOLA"??. This album is jumping the shark for Dave......media darlings = no more time for any REAL art, just more Foo Posturing, oh well.

Oct 3, 2007 14:03:17

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laurenrocks06 writes:

5of 5 Stars

props to the foos. excellent album. its different from the average scream you balls off songs, but there is always the pretender to scream a long to.

Oct 2, 2007 15:54:03

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HelloSuburbia writes:

4of 5 Stars

Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace is such a polished album! The Foo Fighters' songwriting and composition has reached the veteran level, and the production is like honey to the ears. That said, some of the songs aren't great. I think I've skipped Erase-Replace and Long Road to Ruin every time I've listened to the album. Come Alive, though one of my favorites on the album, sounds dangerously close to the theme from Firefly, even using some of the same lyrics (oops!). The Pretender is a fantastically perfect single. Young bands grab your pens, recorders, whatever! This is how you rock out! This song has a little something for everyone. YouTubers have been comparing the intro of The Pretender to Stairway To Heaven, though to me it sound more like the Beatles. The song has a chorus that will have the NeoKids going berserk, and when it breaks into a Honky Tonk I couldn't help giving an, "Oh Yeah!" That said, be prepared to hear this one over and over ( and over) again on the old FM. Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace features great production, mature musical depth, and quality songwriting that we have come to expect from David Grohl. All and all it is a great addition to any Foo collection.

Oct 1, 2007 22:16:53

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johnnog writes:

3of 5 Stars

It's almost a handicap that Dave Grohl was part of Nirvana because nothing he makes seems as good as the Nirvana material but the Pretender is a cool single and the album overall is good. www.buyingcheap.co.uk

Oct 1, 2007 04:57:46

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Review 8 of 21

nineznuff writes:

4of 5 Stars

Since when is releasing a CD that covers a range of emotion and musical styles cause for criticism? And why is it considered a negative that some of the songs bear a resemblance to songs on previous releases? Can't that be said about almost any artist? Perhaps the reviewer should have stayed with the "strong new songs" theme, and dropped the "anthology by a bunch of bands" line of thinking. Seriously, if this is all he can find to criticize about this CD, it must be pretty damn good.

Sep 29, 2007 14:18:08

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