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Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace
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In 1997, Foo Fighters teamed with alt-rock production cornerstone Gil Norton to make their best album, The Colour and the Shape. Ten years later, they've regrouped with Norton for a disc that's more sophisticated and diverse, if a tad less rockin'. The curveballs include "Stranger Things Have Happened," a solo soul-searcher where leader Dave Grohl's accompanied by just his acoustic guitar and a ticking metronome, and "Ballad of the Beaconsfield Miners," an acoustic guitar duet for Grohl and guest virtuoso Kaki King. Plus "Summers End" tickles the Foos' classic-rock fetish with a dead-on Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young arrangement. There's still enough of the intense, snarling power-pop that's Foo Fighters' longtime forte. "The Pretender," "Erase/Replace," and "Long Road to Ruin" combine sheer thrust, zeal, and melody like no other group currently on the charts. Yet the finale, "Home," makes its clear that this is a changed band--or, at least, that Grohl's a changed man. With only his piano for company, Grohl's pleading voice reveals fragile layers of insecurity and loneliness as he sings "all I want is to be home." Seems this rock & roll road warrior's mellowed some, albeit without compromising Foo Fighters' vitality. --Ted Drozdowski

Having commemorated their tenth anniversary with a year-plus run commencing with In Your Honor (a double album the New York Times called an "unexpected magnum opus"), sold out rock arena shows and a toned down intimate theater trek, and a headlining gig at London's Hyde Park for a crowd of 85,000, the question looms larger than any in the Foo Fighters' career to date: What do they do for an encore?!? The answer comes in the form of "The Pretender," the first single from the band's sixth studio album Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace, out on Roswell/RCA. Produced by Gil Norton, who last worked with the band on 1997's double-platinum The Colour and The Shape (recently reissued in deluxe 10th anniversary form), Dave Grohl, bassist Nate Mendel, drummer Taylor Hawkins and guitarist Chris Shiflett have crafted a 12-track milestone that showcases and reconciles the band's every strength and sensibility in the most complex and confident Foo Fighters album to date.

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The Foo Fighters latest offering, Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace, presents a variety of songs, from hardcore rock to a softer, malleable rock.

Customer Reviews:

  • Great Foo Fighers album!
    I've been a long-time fan of the Foo Fighters and this album didn't disappoint. It's modern, but it certainly maintains the Foo's signature sound. I caught them in concert this past summer, playing many of the songs from this album, and they were amazing. They played for over three hours and they sounded just like they do on the radio. If you're a Foo Fighters fan, this album is a must....more info
  • Their defining album
    Echoes, Silence, Patience, and Grace is in my estimation the Foo Fighters greatest album to date. It is a record that shows tremendous growth in songwriting and musicianship. Sure, there will be those who do not like it because every song is not loud and heavy. However, this is why I find it so magical. Tracks such as The Pretender, Erase/Replace, and Cheer Up Boys are rooted in a heavy rock sound. However, they have also written great songs that speak to the heart and soul. "Home" is a great song and it is just Dave and a piano. The standout track is Stranger Things Have Happened. I cannot hear this song enough, and it has become one of my favorite tracks of all time by any artist. This is a defining album that is worthy of its nomination as album of the year....more info
  • It's like a vurp!
    Have you ever enjoyed a really good meal (e.g. lobster, prime rib and a good wine) and just at the end you have a "vurp" (that's a vomit burp, where that acid comes up and you have to quickly swallow it, leaving you with that nasty taste that completely ruins your dining experience)? Well, that's what this CD is like. Let me explain...

    Track one rocks and gets you into a rocking mood. Track two follows it with an even more hard-hitting-turn-it-up-to-10 "Let it Die". But then track three comes on and it's the "vurp". Whoa! Just as I'm ready to tear it up and put the pedal to the metal, this horrible Erase/Replace comes on. Whoever arranged the songs on this CD should be slapped across the face with an adult soiled diaper. The rest of the album is mediocre at best and very mellow.

    If you must own this CD, rip the tracks to .mp3 and then re-burn the cd in a different order. When I did, I didn't re-burn Erase/Replace because that song is so bad. Do yourself a favor and read the other two star reviews and you'll understand what I mean.

    Or maybe it's so mellow because the ending of Let it Die destroyed Dave's vocal chords. Just look what happened to Tom Kiefer, and he didn't even scream like that....more info
  • Foo Fighters with their Come Back Album
    Foo Fighters made their big break in the 90's and disappeared for a while. The band resurfaced with some albums but now it seems to have matured a bit. Their songs have been polished and their tunes seem different and better. Some great songs are "Let It Die", "Long Run to Ruin", and "Stranger Things Have Happened" which have been played on the radio. All other songs will take some time to appreciate and later will be favorites. ...more info
  • About half Foo Fighers, half Tori Amos
    I hate to say it, but Foo Fighters are no longer on the short list of bands whose new albums I'll buy without hearing anything on them first. I was disappointed with In Your Honor. I thought it was bloated and had practically no interest at all in the acoustic cd. Echoes Silence Patience & Grace is just like In Your Honor boiled down to fit on one cd. About half of the songs rock. The other songs are perfectly skippable. I've only had this cd for about a week, and it is already out of heavy rotation. I find it a very frustrating listen. It's like a cd of rock like only Foo Fighters can do mixed with a mellow Tori Amos cd. Since I end up skipping more than half of the songs on the album, I'm only giving the cd 2 stars. In my opinion, this cd is a poster child for i-Tunes. Download the handful of good songs. Don't bother with the rest. ...more info
  • One word. Dissapointed.
    I myself am a long time fan of the Foo Fighters. There past 4 albums were all amazing. After hearing "The Pretender", I thought this was going to be a great cd, only to realize, that it was the worst Foo Fighters album ever! Like all cd's there are songs your going to skip, but going through this cd, I ended up skipping them all. Dave is great when he slows things down, the acoustic side of In your Honor was amazing. The acoustics on this album are NOTHING like those. And the rock songs are all just bland. Oh well. I hope there next cd makes up for this one. ...more info
  • 'Foo'king fantastic, no 'Foo'ling
    I admit it, at one time I was one who thought of Dave Grohl as someone who rocked hard, too, hard for me personally.

    Until I gave this album a chance.

    Nice, real nice. Less of a head banger than what I had heard in prior years. I like the mellower side of Dave.
    I think having a family and kids has sweetened him up a tad bit and I'm digging the change.

    This CD will give you a nice combo of softer tunes mixed with a few more serious rockin songs reminiscent of past material one might expect from the Foo's..

    Favorite Tracks: Home, Come Alive, Stranger Things have Happened, But, Honestly & Ballad of Beaconsfield a gorgeous song....more info
  • Good album
    Really good album. Once again, they prove their high level of creativity and their diverse talents, without sounding like a totally different band....more info
  • Happily Surpised
    Foo Fighters in my opinion took a nose dive previously on "In Your Honor". Skip two years to 07' and we have another Foo album to submerge ourselves into. Thankfully I managed to really take a liking to this one.

    The variety of songs is much better then 'IYH', avoiding the categorizing process the last album strained and nit picked to the final bits (to the point you got dry hard rock, or dynamic free acoustic). Echoes eases up an intro, The Pretender, suitable to be "Stairway To Heavens" alternate take. Once you're comfortable with the chiming guitar, a wall of bricks is bound to hit you in the Foo's universe. Displaying such tight hard rock driven guitar, and overall fantastic musicianship, it could put a grin on ones face. My personal favorite track is "Ballad Of The Beaconsfield Miners". Interesting burrowing and bouncing up acoustic sounds, and a good story to mold it with. "Cheer Up Boys" seems like a strike to emos, but in all good humor. "Let It Die" has already made it to the radio, many believe it's about Kurt Cobain (singer of Grohl's past band Nirvana). Whatever it may be about no question about it being emotional, with a rather rewarding build up.


    Overall Foo's have managed to progress and mature while taking steps in the right direction. Studio quality is always great, the music can be relentless, and better yet they trimmed the fat and avoided another mixed bag. Musically it echoes to a time when 90's alternative acts ruled the music terrain, seamlessly silenced the band communicates, two years of patients, and an album that wouldn't dare disgrace us again.
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  • I Liked It!
    First of all, let me say that I've never owned a Foo Fighters album before (I'm a teenager who is still exploriing his listening interests). Therefore, this review is given without prior knowledge of the band's sound.

    My verdict: I absolutely enjoyed it, Almost enough that I gave it five stars (I'll get to why I didn't in a moment). If you're reading this, you are probably familiar with the song "The Pretender", which kicks off the album with great energy and sets the tone for the quiet-to-loud theme all through the album. While its catchy, there is more interesting music to come. The second track is one of my favorites: "Let it Die" which begins with a content acoustic finger-picked section and slowly becomes louder until Dave Grohl ends the song screaming his lungs out over a huge riff. Needless to say, this song got my attention. "Erase/Replace" is another great rocker, with its stutter-step guitar and drum sequences, "Long Road to Ruin" is a fantastic pop-rocker with an infectious melody, and "Summer's End" reminds me, well, of the summertime, with its raw-but-lighthearted guitar and its harmonic campfire chorus.

    Perhaps the best aspect of this album is its variations in its sound. The band proves they can rock hard, play it easy, and hang it mellow. Speaking of some of the mellow tracks, I love "Ballad of the Beaconsfield Miners" with its bare-bones acoustics. You just don't hear a song like this on most hard rock albums. "Statues" is another superb soft track, as well as "Stranger Things Have Happened". Both of these songs feature great acoustic work.

    Now, for why I didn't give this five stars. There are two reasons. The first is the track order. I absolutely would not have packed the four heaviest tracks at the front of the album. The effect creates a bit of imbalance by way of tempo and overall energy (though the slower songs are great too). The second reason is because of the long buildups in the music in a few of the tracks. While it worked in "Let it Die" it didn't work in "Come Alive" and "But, Honestly". I think this showed a slight lack of creativity on the band's part, and was one of the few weaknesses on the album.

    Overall, though, I truly enjoyed it. This is definitely a CD I will listen to for a long time, and if the Foo Fighters put out another record in the upcoming years, I will definitely buy it. Get this for its unique sound and its catchy tunes....more info
  • Another solid, if uninspiring release from the Foos
    I guess I expected a little more from Dave and the boys. There are some truly great songs on here, but most of the songs sound like something I've heard before from them. I have enjoyed this album more each time I've listened to it, but I find the reduced amount of heavier songs to be disappointing. Still, they are one of the best bands in the business and they should continue to do quite well with this album. The best song on here is the first single, "The Pretender". And that is the heaviest song on the album. If you only like the hard rocking tunes, I would download the ones you like off itunes or something....more info
  • Grohl: The man can *write*.
    Dave Grohl's ability to turn out rock authenticity and acoustic gems like "Let it Die" really never ceases to amaze. The influences (e.g. Led Zeppelin IV) are there, but in his hands become something new, the genuine excitement that comes from an author an enthusiast. The singer-songwriter has always been inside of Grohl's rock persona and he bridges these two worlds so well. I like the risk of the solo piano "Home". You really feel that he can just keep it coming--there's more left to write. ...more info
  • More excellent music from Foo Fighters
    Multi-layered, melodic, hard driving rock. This one has it all. More of what you've come to expect from Dave and the boys. Great video for The Pretender too....more info
  • An Absolute Must Buy!!!!
    This is a brilliant CD. Don't pass it up. Three songs stand out. "The Pretender"-hard, fast and absolutely fantastic. "Let It Die" which is clearly addressed to Kurt Cobain. And "Home", a song which reached in and grabbed me.
    The Foo Fighters have always had stuff I liked, but this CD has sold me on them for good. Absolutely amazing. ...more info
  • Just gets better and better
    Dave Grohl and crew seem to top themselves every time. This album easily makes my favorites list (along with the last several albums)....more info
  • A Huge Step for Foo Fighters
    Musically, this is the most creative and most carefully constructed album the band has ever put out. Although it's impossible to recapture the glory that was The Colour and the Shape, Dave Grohl and company have proven they are capable of considerable musical growth. Although they dabbled with acoustic, lighter music on In Your Honor, they have gained traction with the lighter, melodic side of things with Echoes, Silence, Patience, and Grace. It is clear they are much more comfortable playing a little quieter, and most surprisingly, singing lyrics with deeper meaning than ever before. That in itself, is a major departure from where Grohl started with the self-titled album in 1995. And perhaps that's the most encouraging and exciting thing about this album: the band has something meaningful to say....more info
  • 4 1/2 stars, not their best but close...
    I like alot of the songs on this CD but don't think it's their best. My favorite song was Once and For All, go figure. But Pretender, Long Road To Ruin are good driving songs. It may be time for Dave to put out a best of, so we can just get the good songs, no filler and some of those unreleased tracks that I think they really excell at. Get this one though to complete your collection. Up the Foo's!...more info
  • An 'alright' entry to the foo collection
    I was not super impressed with ESPG being a long time FF fan. The fighters showcase a wide range of styles ranging from slow ballads to faster paced rock/grunge sounds but as a whole, the album does not flow well and is difficult to listen to from start to finish. The first single 'The Pretender' is my least favorite after hearing the complete album and listeners may be mislead after listening to that track.

    Its worthwhile to long time FF fans, but if this is your first fighters album, look to the early 90's albums instead. This one is just mediocre....more info
  • Foo For The Soul
    I give Dave Grohl heaps of credit. The man who once played drums behind the greatest songwriter of a generation set his sights on greater ambitions and emerged victorious atop the modern rock pantheon. Album releases are always consistent: the content within never fails to sell the notion of the redemptive powers of rock and roll. Yet for all of his songwriting chops, I feared this new Foo Fighters album might exhibit Grohl as his own worst enemy, a man who, in a recent interview (I believe it was Spin), conceded that his comfort zone had always resided near heavy melodic rock.

    "Echoes, Silence, Patience, & Grace" is not short on the gratuitous melodic rockers, but it does demonstrate a more varied and vulnerable approach to the Foo formula in a manner far less contrived than 2005's "In Your Honor." Four out of the first five tracks are classic howlers, with Grohl purging his emotions through snarled vocals amidst a backdrop of thunderous drumming and crushing distortion. See "Let It Die" or "Erase/Replace" to get a picture. Exploring more subdued textures and atmospheres, the Foos give us tracks like "Stranger Things Have Happened" "The Ballad of the Beaconsfield Miners," the latter of which features the deft guitar work of Kaki King. Closing things out on a highly introspective note, we are given the song "Home." Allegedly a songwriting milestone for Grohl, the tune is also the most likely musical connection to the album title.

    After 12 years of pursuing the "if it ain't broke..." formula, it's a refreshing to see America's most reliable rock and roll outfit pushing themselves, even if just a little bit. Studio release #7 should be spectacular....more info
  • Echoes Silence Patience and Grace
    This was a really great CD in excellent condition. I would definitely buy here again in the future!...more info
  • It's called growing as a band
    As a band gets older, if they are a decent band they try new things and explore new areas. If they didn't do that, they would be dismissed as derivative and they would quickly go to the bargain bin and play the county fair circuit. Fortunately, the Foo Fighters are a great band, and they have certainly grown by leaps and bounds on this new album. They have recorded many songs that hearken back to the earlier stuff (Let It Die, The Pretender, Erase/Replace) and they have tweaked those hard-rockin' melodies to create smooth harmonies (Summer's End) and beautiful ballads (Home). Some have lamented the fact that the Foos have picked up acoustic guitars as of late (Beaconsfield and Stranger Things) but to me that is a sure sign that Dave and the band are more confident than ever that their music and lyrics are strong and emotional. And I think many of their fans agree, what with the success of In Your Honor and the acoustic tour. In my opinion (and many other's opinions), this band has hit their creative stride, and they are going to skyrocket even higher. My favorite track on this album is Come Alive, because it reminds me of February Stars, my favorite Foo track of all time. And that's my point. They have reached back, taken some of their earlier ideas and expanded on them to create something at once familiar and brand-new. Kudos to you guys....more info
  • The good days are over
    It really is a dismal thought that Foo Fighters will never make another "Color and the Shape" or self-titled album. With that said, even though "One By One" was not as good as any of their previous albums, it still has relative substance. However, "In Your Honour" was just far too musically meager and deficient. If you weren't a huge fan of "In Your Honour," then I can guarantee you will NOT like their new release whatsoever.

    All in all "Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace" is just plain boring. There are about 40 other bands/albums that came out with products in the same month that were FAR better and awe-inspiring....more info