Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace - Foo Fighters

2007-10-29 07:31
Almost. "The Pretender", "Let It Die" and "Erase/Replace" are all comfortably catchy whisper-becomes-a-wail arena rock chart signatures. As emotional counterfoils "Come Alive" and the closing "Home" are bruised, yet never quite bummed out enough acoustic ballads. Still, there are a few surprises.

"Stranger Things Have Happened" is a moody Southern Gothic Americana snapshot and "Summer’s End" is an unpretentiously airy country rock car cruise. Best of all though is eccentric bluegrass instrumental "Ballad of the Beaconsfield Miners", whose finger-picked primitivism provides a welcome breather amidst all the hi-fidelity production polish.

- Miles Keylock

With its bipolar blend of unfussy post-grunge anthems and intimate acoustic ballads is Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace anything more than another accomplished example of modern rock’s most professional act treading water?

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reynold 2007/10/30 9:54 AM
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