After the end of Nirvana in 1994 I soon became obsessed with Nirvana’s former drummer’s band, The Foo Fighters. To me, seeing Dave Grohl rise from the ashes of one of my favorite bands was almost a sign that, no matter what happened, life went on, sometimes even more powerful than before. It wasn’t long before I began to seek out more of Grohl’s work and, when I heard he was working on an album with Josh Homme, I was all in.
Why This Album?
Picking up the album because of Grohl, I soon found something unique that was truly unlike any band that was currently on the market. Not only was the music looser and more raw, Homme’s vocals resonated in a way that I could not explain. Almost crooning at times, he manages to weave his lyrics in and out of the music like a ribbon caught in the wind. It works, but it really shouldn’t.
The album itself is done as a loose concept album depicting a drive through the night listening to the radio. Throughout the album songs are bridged with brief radio broadcasts of announcers as if it were a live broadcast. It is a clever and unique way to bridge songs, allowing for none stop sound nearly from start to finish.
The rest of the band is a supergroup, from Grohl on drums, Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees) on additional vocals, and others, this is a band that keeps changing album after album, giving each release a unique yet familiar sound.
All in all, this is one of the most incredibly satisfying rock albums of it’s time. It is intense, loud and incredibly well produced. There is not a bad track on it and will make you want to dive in and find more of their music. Trust me, this is good, but it only gets better from this point on.
First it Giveth. Just a cool track. No explanation.
Hanging Tree. This one is creepy and cool all at the same time. Sung by Mark Lanegan of the Screaming Trees, it has almost a western fable feel to it.
Go With The Flow: This is a pretty short one, but heck if it isn’t a really rad track. I love the way the song just melds together perfectly. Heck, I even picked up a copy on Rock Band in order to play it on the game. So good. Plus it has a really cool video.
Ok, Where do I get it?
As usual, you can grab a copy from Amoeba Music for around $14. Be warned this one has some explicit language and may not be for everyone, but if you like rock, you should give it a go. It is also on Spotify.
Late to the Game 3/3/2020
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