Today I was able to listen to my new Foo Fighters' CD The Colour and the Shape. Wow! It's a surprisingly great CD that I'm thoroughly enjoying. There are some surprising things on the CD too, things that I didn't expect it to have. So, I'm quite pleased with my CD purchase. I'm always leery of buying CDs: I never know what to expect from them or if I will like them. I often will buy a CD (like this one) for only one or two songs, and then I end up disliking the rest. Thankfully, I found quite a number of songs on this album very good. But first, a recap of my first exposure to the Foo Fighters.
I don't watch MTV much or other music stations (my radio is either turned to NPR or newsradio), so my exposure to current music is limited. I don't recall the first time I ever heard the Foo Fighters, but I do remember the first time I saw them: on MTV when they played atop Radio City Music Hall (I think) and this was Pat Smear's last performance. I recognized Pat Smear from his reporter stints on the few rare times that I turned to MTV for my entertainment. They played "Monkey Wrench" and I thought that was a great song. I was captivated by Dave Grohl (the lead singer and ex-drummer for Nirvana). He has a commanding presence and I thought that he was quite attractive. I think his mouth and lower chin remind me of Steve Woz. <grin> Don't ask me exactly what but, I find it kinda sexi. Yes, I am a geek.
After that, I became very aware of "Monkey Wrench". Whenever I hear it on the radio, I pause and listen to it. It is pleasing to my ear. I learned that "Big Me" is also a Foo Fighter composition and I enjoyed that too. I especially liked the trivia regarding their Mentos commercial spoof for a video. Their fans kept pelting them with Mentos when they played this song. Mentos are hard candies and they hurt! They requested their fans to pelt them with marshmallows instead. I saw their "Everlong" video a few times but didn't give it a second thought except that I liked its campy B-movie style. I had to give a nod to their videos. I liked "Hero" the first time I saw it: it's perspective is unique and the comedy in the video was refreshing.
The big turning point was when I heard the acoustic version of "Everlong". My sister listens to the local rock station that carries Howard Stern in the morning. One day, Dave Grohl came in for an interview (not quite sure if it was with Howard) and played Everlong solo, accompanied only by his acoustic guitar. The fans loved it and the station played it over and over again for the next several weeks. It's a beautiful song. The words are very touching to me, passionate. "Breathe out, so I can breathe you in." I told myself that I had to atleast get the single of it performed acoustic. Els informed me that was impossible since he did it in the radio station studio. Rats. I asked her why she hasn't bought the Foo Fighters' CD.
"I just don't get around to it." she claims.
I declared that I would buy the CD... someday. Maybe. I asked her a month or so later why she hasn't gotten the CD.
"I thought you were getting it," she said.
I then vowed to make it my next CD purchase. It was my third CD purchase. I bought Madonna's Ray of Light and the soundtrack to Brazil before I got it.
I like the chord progression in this song. They apply some distortion to the sound quality in the beginning of the piece and it sounds like Dave Grohl is being heard through a radio. It's a nifty introduction to a musically diverse album.
A wonderfully happy piece. The words "one in ten" always makes me think of the one in ten people in the world being gay. I don't think this is what it refers to, but it does make me think of that.
Hey, Jonny Park!
The introduction to this song is the kind of introduction that would make me skip to the next song. But then the verse started and the song changed completely for me. It's pretty! The harmony in the chorus is very pretty and I actually like this song. I wonder what the origin of the song title is.
My Poor Brain
The beginning reminded me of a NIN song. The song changes its identity several times. It's strange, but the kind of strange that can grow on me.
This song is okay. One of my least favorites on the CD.
Up in Arms
Oh I love this song. It's a beautiful and calm song. It reminds me of Walking After You, another piece on this album.
"I was the one who left you
always coming back
I cannot forget you, girl
Now I am up in arms again..."
Another great song!
"There goes my hero.
Watch him as he goes
There goes my hero.
I love the stepping bass in the background. It's a unique song on the album and the style is very unusual for a group with the Foo Fighters' reputation. That's probably why I like the song even more so. I love it when groups show that they are more than what the media categorize them to be. Foo Fighters' are talented musicians and their versatility can be seen in this album.
Another NIN-feeling piece to me. It's not one of my favorites on the album either.
Beautiful song. I love harmony. I think more groups should have harmony of some kind in their pieces. Radiohead uses instrumental harmony (and would easily translate to a formal harmony line in a cappella).
Walking After You
This is a song that was placed on the X-files album and, like Dave Grohl has said in interviews, the song really represents the relationship that Scully and Mulder have with each other. It's a friendship song. This is the kind of song I would play at a wedding. The words are in this entry's perspective. Beautiful.
New Way Home
It's got the same energy as Monkey Wrench and is slowly growing on me.
"I'll never tell you the secrets I'm holding
I know these things must bore you
I can't find another way
I'll never the secrets I'm holding
I love this leash that holds me
When I try to run away."