Foo Fighters

In Your Honor

Written by: PP on 11/07/2005 01:49:21

Foo Fighters surprised everyone when they announced "In Your Honor" would in fact consist of two albums, and one of them would be completely acoustic. That's why this review is in two parts, because the two sides of this album are like day and night to each other and don't deserve to be rated together. On the first disc Foo Fighters plays it safe. It is the same old FF formula we are used to on "The Colour And Shape" and "One By One", and that's where the problem with this album lies. It is too similar with the old albums and it becomes clearer than ever that Foo Fighters haven't evolved much since their 1995 self titled debut; The only real difference is in the magnitude of the sound. Old songs like "This Is A Call", "February Stars", and "Monkey Wrench" were meant to be played in small, intimate venues, whereas "In Your Honor", "Best Of You" and "Free Me" are pure stadium rock songs - songs big enough to be played in front of an audience consisting of tens of thousands of people. Despite the excellent start to the album (In Your Honor, No way Back, Best Of You) you keep having a feeling that you've heard this all before. Stick to the old Foo Fighters and forget the hard side

of this double album.


Download: In Your Honor, The Last Song
For the fans of: Feeder, Velvet Revolver

But what makes this album worth paying for the $15-20 they charge for a double album is the acoustic disc. Many bands these days decide, like KS wrote in the FFAF review, to inject acoustic tracks in between their hard songs and it never works. It's a strange trend, and the bands should really stick to what they do best. But in Foo Fighters' case, they've 'injected' a complete album's worth of acoustic songs. And they aren't just filler tracks - they are some of the best acoustic tracks i've heard in a while. Just take a listen to "Still", "Miracle", or the somewhat jazzy "Virginia Moon" and you'll definitely be impressed. How can Dave Grohl switch from the nearly screamed out vocals or the huge riffs of songs like "Stacked Actors" into the soft, touching vocals of "Friend Of A Friend", or into the soft, quiet but effective guitar picking on "Razor"? If you heard these songs standing alone by themselves you would not recognize them to be by Foo Fighters. It'll be interesting to see which direction the next Foo Fighters album will go after this double release.


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