Sound — 9
A new album from one of the hardest rocking bands alive fronted by the legendary Dave Grohl is definitely an event in history. The promotion campaign before the release of "Concrete and Gold" started off with the promising killer-single "Run" which if not one of the most energetic but definitely one of the heaviest Foo Fighters' singles to this day. After the announcement of an indefinite hiatus in 2016 and a failed attempt at recording an album in front a crowd of 20,000 people (Dave declined that idea upon learning that PJ Harvey had already done it with "The Hope Six Demolition Project"), the guys are back on track with the perfect come-back.
As for the musical side of the album "Concrete and Gold" is more colorful then it's predecessor "Sonic Highways" (which actually was a pretty decent album). It has its own unique sound. The sound of Foo Fighters is stepping into the previously unknown territories but at the same time being easily recognizable. As Dave described it himself, it's a sound of "hard rock extremes, and pop sensibilities collide." For the first time in their career the band recruited producer of Grohl's favorite indie pop band The Bird and the Bee, Greg Kurstin (who is also responsible for Adele's "Cheap Thrills" and SIA's "The Greatest" songs). It was a completely new experience even for Greg - because he has never worked on a rock album before. And he succeeds in it. Just listen to the bluesy warmth-at-the-bottom-of-the-bottle "The Sky is a Neighborhood" or bursting & pulsating "La Dee Da." Aside from the great melodies and the producer, we can find a big list of collaborators who have added additional stunning flavor to that record. Alison Mosshart from The Kills contributed vocals to "La Dee Da" & "The Sky is a Neighborhood," David Koz played saxophone on "La Dee Da, " and even Paul McCartney played drums on "Sunday Rain." Going further - you can hear Justin Timberlake on "Make It Right." A massive load of work's been done, and it sounds great.
Lyrics — 9
As a lot of Americans do nowadays, Grohl is also worried about the future of the US. He admitted that on this album we could hear his thoughts about The United States "politically, personally, as a father, an American and a musician." It is beautifully reflected in the opening statement of the album, "T-Shirt":
"There's one thing that I have learned
If it gets much better, it's going to get worse
And you get what you deserve."
Vital and even touching "Run" and "The Line" both deal with the theme of escaping. Escaping from anything. From reality, news, or even your own mistakes.
"Before the time runs out
There's somewhere to run
Run for your life with me
Run for your life with me."
The moody, more fragile parts can also be found here, as in "Sunday Rain" for instance:
"Don't leave me drowning in your Sunday rain
It's right down the drain I go
Don't leave me drowning in your Sunday rain
It's always a shame, oh no."
"Concrete and Gold" is an exciting and even touching record in terms of lyrics and poetry.
Overall Impression — 9
We want that album to be stepping stone for the contemporary rockers. We want it to influence lots of future records. As well as the recent "Villains" by Queens Of The Stone Age. "Concrete and Gold" by Foo Fighters is a definite statement that they are in a full force-mode. On this Grohl acts as an amazing composer and lyricist. Every song is in its own place, and every word in each song sounds meaningful. Famous and respected guests did not interrupt his storytelling. This album is a wonderful soundtrack for the coming years, isn't it?