For the final week, we go back to Foo Fighters, and their 2007 album
Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace allowed fans to see a more intimate side of the band
Although we included Foo Fighters last month, it’s near impossible to not mention this band more than once, especially an album which really showcased the talent of the entire band. ‘Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace’ (ESPG for short) really let the band experiment with their acoustic songs, which is something they had already touched on in their previous album, ‘In Your Honor’. Although, ‘ESPG’ has a much more contrasting feeling to it, as ‘In Your Honor’ separates electric and acoustic songs into 2 sides, whereas ‘ESPG’ brings them together on one side, allowing the intimacy, and emotion of the album to really come through.
‘ESPG’ just draws fans in. For every heavy song, there is a much more relaxed, acoustic song, which pulls fans in, before they are hit with the usual combination of; raw vocals, heavily overdriven guitar, and drums that leave you lost for words, which Foo Fighters have became so notable for. Then there is ‘The Pretender’, a song really shows how great this band can be. The slow, fingerpicked guitar with the soft vocals laid over top leave you thinking it’s another acoustic masterpiece, but then in come the screams of Grohl, and the thrash of the guitars and ‘The Pretender’ becomes something truly brilliant.
For me though, as amazing as the acoustic material is on this album, nothing compares to the much heavier, more distinct songs, such as ‘Erase/Replace’ and ‘Cheer Up Boys (Your Make Up Is Running)’. Both of which are songs you could never get tired of. They have a perfect balance of each instrument, allowing each instrument to be heard. The overdrive is there when needed, but not so overused that it just becomes one long noise rather than individual strums and chords. You wouldn’t think that a 5 piece band would be able to use each instrument equally, and still have the amazing sound quality that Foo Fighters got for these songs. Obviously, that is down to the producer as well, who in this case was Gil Norton, who the band worked with previously on their second album.
The album saw a few changes for the band too. It was the first album in which they included an instrumental piece, ‘Ballad Of The Beaconsfield Miners’. The song was dedicated to a miner who had requested an iPod filled with Foo Fighters music during the Beaconsfield mine collapse in 2006. It was also the first album which Pat Smear was reinstated as an official member, as he had previously worked with the band, but he dropped out, and came back for this album, after having toured with the band on their tour of ‘In Your Honor’.