A Double Review
"A Kinder, Gentler State of Bliss"
One of the hottest releases of the year is the Foo Fighters self-
titled debut release. One of the main reasons that this album is
so highly anticipated is that it is the first major release by
former Nirvana members since the death of Kurt Cobain. The Nirvana
members are Dave Grohl and Pat Smear. Foo Fighters also has two
former members of the now defunct Sunny Day Real Estate. What is
often overlooked in all the post-Nirvana/Sunny Day hype is that
this album actually kicks ass.
The band name refers to fighter pilots at the end of World War II
who saw flying fire-balls which were later written off as UFOs.
Enough of that, the album was actually recorded with Dave Grohl
performing all instruments with Barrett Jones on the production
boards during a one-week period of time in October of 1994. Dave
describes himself as literally running from instrument to
instrument to get the whole thing recorded in one week, and using
the first take for everything unless he absolutely can't use it.
It was after the recording session that Dave actually went out and
put the band together per se. This is really incredible...Dave
Grohl really deserves a lot of credit for his work. Every song is
very likeable and in very few places is there any hint of a
hastily-cut record. I suppose Barrett gets a lot of credit here,
If you've heard songs like "This is a Call," "I'll Stick Around,"
or "Alone + Easy Target" and wondered if the rest of the CD is
worth anything, I can clearly say that it is. I consider most of
the CD a happier Nirvana and I think most people will really enjoy
The Concert Review
With everything that has been said about the debut Foo Fighters
album, I must say that after seeing them live I am highly concerned
about their future. There was a lot of energy particularly from
Dave and Pat, but Dave Grohl needs to take the same advice that
every major singer from Mick Jagger to Liz Frazier has had to take
--get some vocal lessons and put them into every-day practice or
you will loose your voice and your carreer.
Basically, the concert was horrendous. Sure you can write off the
fact that the only instruments that could be heard was a cranked
up bass guitar and some drums to exceptionally poor mixing board
work that night, but you can only attest the terrible quality of
Dave's voice to his nightly scream-fests that this tour has turned
into. There was neither intonation nor melody there.
The debut Foo Fighters album is so wonderful to listen to it was
a true disappointment to hear them in concert. I truly hope that
Dave saves his voice so there can be lots more Foo Fighters albums
(and concerts) to come in the future.
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