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Rane Fox | Contributing Writer
At the beginning of the month The Foo Fighters released their new album titled Medicine at Midnight which was delayed like many other musicians due to the pandemic. However, this album may not have been the cure for the COVID blues that they hoped for. While it is an upbeat album, it is a strange follow up after their very rock driven 2017 album Concrete and Gold. It seems that not even Dave Grohl could avoid what many rock bands are guilty of, putting out a pop album.
From the start, the opening track called Making a Fire gives listeners an idea of what to expect from the band. While it is a catchy and upbeat tune, the choir singing “na na na’s” and Grohl’s guitar puts out a very early 2000s radio rock sound. And this upbeat pop sound continues into Shame Shame, which was the first single they released in the fall of 2020. Which begs to ask the question, is this going to be the new sound for the band?
When it comes to the title track Medicine at Midnight, this is the sound of The Foo Fighters that most listeners are accustomed to. Vocally Grohl seems to have figured out a comfortable space that fans will appreciate, and radios will play to get fans attention. Unfortunately, it still doesn’t have the ability to save the album from the pop rock roots.
Now while the album does have its faults, there are a few tracks that do stand out and lyrically mirror the times we are in. The song, No Son of Mine is a good reminder of what we’ve gone through over the last 4 years, which I salute them for. Of all the songs on this album, the one to check out even if you are not a huge fan of the band is Holding Poison. This track is an admittance of being caught in a vicious cycle and taking it out on someone close to you. Be it a self-destructive addiction, a toxic relationship, or even needing to cut ties with people in life, it is something that we can all relate to.
Overall, the album itself is worth a listen to at least once, and if you enjoy there’s nothing wrong with that. It doesn’t leave you completely disappointed, but it does seem to leave you wanting a bit more. While The Foo Fighters will always hold a spot in my heart and many others, hopefully this isn’t going to be what they put out from here on out.