Foo Fighters: ‘Sonic Highways’ Review

By: Louie Wieseman
     I’ve always loved the Foo Fighters. They’re one of the freshest and best rock bands around, Their sound isn’t metal rock, or indie rock, or anything like that, it’s simply rock, and that’s perfectly fine. Their albums have always been outstanding and their past two albums Wasting Light and Echoes, Silence, Patience, and Grace have both won a Grammy for Best Rock Album. Dave Grohl is a legendary musician coming from Nirvana and working with Nirvana, Queens of the StoneageTenacious D, and numerous other acts. So, where in the world does their newest effort, Sonic Highways, rank up?
     Overall, it was a decent album. It wasn’t anything too extraordinary likeWasting Light with more abstract rock rhythms and ideas to change it up, which is something Dave is a huge fan of. For this album, he took a journey across the United States to learn about different historical roots of music. These cities and stops span from Chicago, LA, Seattle, and more. A small 8-part documentary is currently airing on HBO about it.
Back to the album, Foo Fighters are known for great rock and roll feeling of the 90s and tastes of the 70s, too. Unfortunately, this album seems to be stuck in a stagnant place with little to no innovation. This seems to be a bit of a failed experiment for the Foo.
One difference I’ve noticed with Sonic Highways is how long the tracks are compared to other Foo Fighters songs. They range from 3:49 to 7:09 on the last track. Now, while I am quite a fan of long songs (see: my obsession with Phish), these just don’t go anywhere. It’s the same thing for about the usual 4-6 minutes each.
While the innovations seem to have failed, one thing is for sure: it’s definitely Foo Fighters and it’s still a pretty good listen. I did enjoy it, but I doubt I’ll find myself playing Sonic Highways more than Wasting Light.