Life Imitating Life
After all the hype and all of the publicity that this was going to be an album for the ages because the Foo Fighters were working with Gil Norton again, “Echoes, Silence, Patience, & Grace” is a totally different beast for Grohl and company. Just when you think you’ve got this band figured out, their natural progression surprises you. ESP&G is a happy medium between two Foo Fighters favorites. It’s not quite as melodic as “Nothing Left to Lose"; but it’s close. And it’s not as complete as “The Colour and the Shape”, but again; it’s close. The classic Foo Fighters songs that have been released the two albums before this- “Best of You” and “Times Like These” is what this album is all about. The new Foo Fighters album is a collection of songs that are similar in structure and style to those songs (with some odd-balls here and there) but none are better than those two songs. That makes this album enjoyable and a complete listen, but it also makes it a little weird. There are 10 songs out of this set of 12 that you’ll dig, but maybe one or two have a remote shot to be favorites by Foo Fighters fans. Every song on this album is good bordering great or great bordering good, but nothing is just great and that is what keeps this album grounded and out of the upper echelon of Foo Fighters releases. It’s easy to describe this album as being good, because that’s what it is, unfortunately just because it’s good, doesn’t make it the best. This is what it is, a good Foo Fighters album, but it's far from evolutionary.