Sound — 9
Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace is a great addition to the Foo Fighters collection. It combines the hard-rocking fast beats in some of the tracks like "Cheer up Boys (Your Make-up is Running)" with the slower and more music oriented tracks like "STranger Things Have Happened" and makes them into what we have come to know as traditional Foo Fighters. I especially enjoyed the range of tracks from Hard Rock to a lighter rock all the way to a bluegrass guitar tune with no words called "Ballad of the Beaconsfield Miners". Dave Groehl and the band are known as the masters of taking a slower beginning and turning it into a hard rock song, but their pieces of just the hard stuff or just the hard stuff do well alone too.
Lyrics — 7
I think in some of the songs, like the harder rocking ones, the lyricism may not be considered the best. In the songs however, like "Home" or "Stranger Things Have Happened", if you realy listen to the lyrics you can feel that they actually have some meaning behind them. To me, evn though all of the slow-moving length of "Home" can be hard to sit through, the lyricism is very evident and that's what makes the song just barely worthyof such a great band.
Overall Impression — 8
Overall, this is one of my favorite recent CD purchases and if my friend Migui never gives it back, I think I'll have to kill him. I loe this CD because of its variety of tracks and if you heard two of the songs, you wouldn't even guess they were by the same band, let alon on the same cd. So if you don't mind I'm just gonna go stare at the sun and wait for "Summer's End".