I’m one of those people that believe the Foo Fighters are modern day Rock legends, so yeah, you can call me a fan. But for some reason I can’t get into their latest release, Concrete and Gold. It’s not like I need time to, I’ve been listening to it for two weeks now and still no major love. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t hate the album as I did after my first listen, it's ok, but it lacks something that I can’t quite figure out that keeps it from being an instant classic in my eyes, Concrete and Gold feels like a Pop album dressed as Rock.
Not much on Concrete and Gold really jumped out at me, I think my whole first listen was in anticipation of some awesomesauce track that sadly never happened, but in saying that I do really enjoy (after my 5th listen) ‘Run’, the lead single that was released back in June of this year, it's the closest to Metal and rocks out hard; my favourite on the album easy.
Time for some controversy, I can’t stand ‘The Sky is a Neighbourhood’, I'm not quite sure why exactly, the lyrics are thought provoking and musically it’s a decent song but to me it's just boring and safe, it’s also overplayed to death on the radio, to the point I walk out of the room when it's on.
But the one song that really caught me off guard was title track ‘Concrete and Gold’. It finishes off the album perfectly and interestingly enough, it has a heavy Pink Floyd influence, winding on for ages and sounding pretty sweet. A great surprise for sure.
Maybe I was a bit too harsh with the whole ‘Pop dressed as Rock’ earlier, but at the end of the day Concrete and Gold was produced by Greg Kurstin, whose widely renowned for his work with Pop stars. Don’t get me wrong there are some good tracks but sadly for me they were a bit few and far between and the rest didn’t rock my world. But I seem to be in a minority since this album is doing really well with praise from other critics and having great sales, well if we were all the same, the world would be boring, right?