Foo Fighters – Sonic Highways (2014)

RCA Records – November 10, 2014 Review by Sam Frank Road Trip through Sonic Highways Foo Fighters is what I call a “phoenix” band. Not because they got a degree online, but because they have risen from the ashes of a band that faded too soon. Like New Order came from Joy Division, Foo Fighters was born in the wake of Nirvana’s end. In the 20 years since its inception, Foo Fighters have become one of the biggest rock bands in the world. Selling millions of albums in over 20 countries, Dave Grohl, Pat Smear, Nate Mendel, Taylor Hawkins, and Chris Shiflett have figured out the formula for recording rock music that gives your neck a workout. In 2011, along with Nirvana’s Nevermind producer Butch Vig , the band embarked on an ambitious project to record an album in Grohl’s garage using only analog equipment. That endeavor became the Grammy award winning album Wasting Light, and the follow-up to that commercial success is an even bigger project known as Sonic Highways. “If everyone knew more about the people and places this music was made, they would feel more connected to it,” explains Dave Grohl in the first episode of HBO’s eight part mini-series which shares the album title. Instead of locking his band in the garage, Dave and company travel to eight different cities to record this new album....

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