By: Blake Scoville, Staff Writer/Dave Grohl enthusiast
Foo Fighters made themselves known to the world with this album. It contained probably their biggest hit: the earth-shattering, “The Pretender.” This is the big hit rock song of the album that everybody knows (or SHOULD know) by Foo Fighters. It kicks off the album and gets my heart pumping from the start with its fast-paced and distorted guitar and unrelenting drum line. In addition to the racing music, the lyrics speak to the emotionally injured and can be linked to bigger themes. Like many other Foo Fighter songs, “The Pretender” tells the anger-driven story of a man who can’t take being pushed around anymore. This story is also incredibly well depicted in its equally great music video.
However, as the album continues my heart slows and begins more intimately react to the emotions come from Grohl and Co. Although the entire album is excellent on terms of both music and lyrics the most notable parts of the album are the arresting start and conclusion. The ending song warms the soul and leaves the listener with an feeling of belonging (something we all turn to music for). This last song, Home, impacts me greatly. I think it’s fitting to have the last song called “Home”; the album took me on a journey and then returned me home. Even now as I write and embark on this familiar journey with Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace I truly feel a sense of assured belonging- I am returned Home.
Editors Note: Ever looking to subvert obnoxious instagram trends and use them for good (like a social media Robin Hood) we’re taking Throwback Thursday and making much less annoying. Instead of picture of your old high school acquaintance and their grandmother (although the badass sweater options are endless in that scenario) we’re going to discuss an album from years past. In each segment a different writer is going to discuss an album of their choice. Maybe it sticks with them for a personal reason, maybe they just now found it and feel like an idiot or maybe they want to remind you how poorly something aged beyond it’s golden years. Whatever the reasoning they’ll make the case for you to revisit or discover a bygone album. -Elle