Never having quite understood the fuss about the Foo Fighters – whom it seems to me wouldn’t be nearly so popular had Dave Grohl never been in Nirvana – news that their new album was to be recorded in eight different US cities failed to excite.
Great music doesn’t need big concepts; it just needs to be great, end of story.
The Foos have undoubtedly made some terrific singles in the past (This Is A Call and Learn to Fly are beyond reproach) but there’s nothing on Sonic Highways up to that standard.
It turns out that Grohl is rather good at Kiss-esque melodic metal, and centrepiece What Did I Do?/God As My Witness is by some distance the highlight here.
For fans only.
Like this? Try these: Boston, Boston; Queens of the Stone Age, Rated R.
By Andrew Greenhalgh