‘Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace’ – Foo Fighters.
“A heart of gold but it lost its pride, beautiful veins and bloodshot eyes, I’ve seen your face in another light, why’d you have to go and let it die…”
A human comes in two parts; the physical and the spiritual. Music is spiritual. Feeling directly affects the spirit and flows directly from the spirit, not the physical. The spirit, being stitched upon and inseparable to the physical, has the ability to turn feeling into a physical expression. Therefore, the physical merely becomes a vessel in which the spiritual dwells and uses for expression. Music is an expression; something that flows from the spiritual and then is expressed through the physical, and therefore becomes a highly personal reflection upon the spiritual being inside of a physical being; a person stripped of insecurity and falseness. So, when you are listening to music, you are experiencing something spiritual, and that is why music is personal. A musical genius is purely spiritual, and relates to music through the spiritual which in turn is expressed by the physical. Music is the pure expression of feeling. Therefore, you irrefutably cannot separate spirituality from Music.
One of my favourite and most respected “musical genius’s” is David Grohl from the Foo Fighters. It has always been a mystery to me how someone can simply sit down and map out their spirit with a guitar, and when I listen to David Grohl I am utterly perplexed.
The Foo Fighters brought out an album in September 2007 called ‘Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace’. In my opinion it is not their best album, but it does hold home to my favourite song; ‘Let It Die’. Whether it is because of the memories I have associated with this song, or because of the graceful introduction of the acoustic guitar – this song will always receive homage.
The Foo Fighters set a fairly high standard as far as a ‘well-put-together’ album goes. Each track follows a sequence and not one song sounds out of place. There have been a couple of ‘radio’ songs come off this album; ‘Long Road to Ruin’ and ‘The Pretender’, but I really feel that the whole album deserved a lot more acknowledgement than it receives. ‘Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace’ is their most recently released album, and I am pleased to note that the Fooey’s have not sold out and are still producing A class music. There are a lot of bands that have been around for years and years that are still producing records but have not maintained their original sound and have decided to ‘alter their origins’ to suit the style of much contemporary crap floating around in the radios these days.
This album is an ultimate mixture of the Fooeys; unlike ‘In Your Honour’ which was quite purposefully separated into two different discs (one for softer stuff and the other for harder stuff). Tracks like ‘Home’ and ‘Ballad of the Beaconsfield Miners’ are quite mellow and soft, and other tracks like ‘Erase / Replace’ and ‘Cheer Up, Boys (Your Makeup is Running)’ are quite vociferous. There are also tracks like ‘But, Honestly’ and ‘Come Alive’ that use a lot of layers and start off being mellow then to build up closer to the end of the song. So all in all you get a lot of variety out of this album.
I would have to recommend this album as a summer soundtrack. It belongs most where the air is hot and the beer is cold (maybe throw in a red dusty road and a Ute). I would also have to say on a completely separate note (and not pertaining only to this album) that there is a guitarist who is associated with and plays with the Fooey’s on occasion whose name is ‘Pat Smear’… HA! I always get a giggle out of that. Hahaha – how unfortunate (that will never cease to get a laugh out of me).
The Fooey’s are famous for being a band of awesome progressions; they rock hard (sounds lame, but its just true); mostly because of the heavy bass they use accompanied by the fast pace of the distorted guitar and the hiss of the hi-hats. Love it. Grohl creates some really tasty melodics too that juice everything up and make just a little bit groovy.
If you are already a fan of the Foo Fighters then there is no doubt that you will love this album. It’s not too ‘teeniebopper-ish’ either; they manage to keep their originality intact. My favourite song off the album is definitely ‘Let it Die’; there aren’t even words to tell you why.
Overall, I would give the album FOUR stars; sequential and beautiful and raw. Enjoy.