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Albums Turning Twenty VI: The Colour And The Shape, by the Foo Fighters

- Saturday, May 20, 2017

3 February: David Bowie – Earthling
18 February: Lost Highway OST
3 March: Ulver – Nattens Madrigal
25 March: GWAR – Carnival Of Chaos
22 April: Ani Difranco – Living In Clip

20 May: Foo Fighters – The Colour And The Shape

30 May: Dimmu Borgir – Enthrone Darkness Triumphant
16 June: Radiohead – OK Computer
8 July: Emperor – Anthems To The Welkin At Dusk
16 August: Mayhem – Deathcrush
30 September: Portishead – Portishead
25 November: nine inch nails – Closure

    The year 1997 was a big one for me both personally and socially. I was deeply involved in music, writing, and the arts, and my personal life was winding up in a crescendo of self-discovery and debauchery. That was twenty years ago and I am writing a little bit about each album on their release dates.

Today, we look at The Colour And The Shape, the Foo Fighters’s second album…

 

 

The Foo Fighters - The Colour And The Shape

    The Colour And The Shape is the album that really cemented the Foo Fighters as a band rather than a Dave Grohl solo project. Singles like Monkey Wrench, Everlong, My Hero, and Walking After You affirmed the staying power of this band, now elder statesmen of 90s nostalgia and some of the best rock to emerge from that period. Everlong especially hit me close, that main riff resonating through my musical consciousness creating a feeling I often tried to replicate in quieter moments of creation. Along with those, deeper tracks (Who coined the term ‘deep tracks’ anyway?) like Hey, Johnny Park!, My Poor Brain, and Enough Space do a fantastic job of showcasing Grohl’s brilliant and evolving songwriting abilities and heartfelt execution. Even now, in this wretched 2017, these songs feel timeless and have lost no breath, full of hooks and motifs oft repeated by the dwindling modern rock bands of now.

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