“Can You Hear Me/Hear Me Screaming?” are the incredibly intense lyrics that start off the Foo Fighters fifth album. In Your Honor features two shiny discs, one side with raw rock that goes a little crazy, while the second side features mellow, acoustic music that makes you want to sit back down and relaaaaxxx. The Foo Fighters have brought us great music for years, filled with screaming guitars and thoughtful lyrics. Don’t know who the Foos are? Dave Grohl is the lead singer, Taylor Hawkins does vox and drums, Chris Shiflett rawks the gitarrr and Nate Mendel works the bass.
The first disc starts off with punchy songs, “In Your Honor” and “No Way Back.” Lead singer David Grohl shows his hostile side and lets out all that anger on these two songs, and we love it. Right away you’re sucked in with his poetic frustrations and infectious double-barrel guitars and drums that keep your head banging. The song “The Last Song” deals with the bittersweet end of love, carrying the same intense emotion Foo Fighters ballads are known for. My favorite song on the CD is “Resolve,” because of its slightly slower pace and deep, soulful lyrics and flow, containing all of the components of a true rock song.
After all the craziness of the first disc, listeners can kick back and enjoy the softer side of the Foo Fighters. Studio guest John Paul of Led Zeppelin helped Grohl’s underrated vocals stand out on this second disc with acoustic guitars, piano and mandolin. The first track is called “Still” and is a beautiful acoustic song—a total antithesis of the first disc. Of course, it’s a nice change and shows how versatile the Foo Fighters are. “Friend of A Friend” and “Over and Out” are vulnerable and passionate, while “Cold Day In The Sun” has drummer boy Hawkins taking the lead with vocals. The song also features a creative and unusual mix of harp, mandolin and harmonium. I mean, there’s just not enough harmonium in music these days!
Foo Fighters’ fans will eat-up this CD and enjoy the 20-song lineup while newcomers will appreciate the versatile flavor of the band. This CD is an honest and heartfelt product from one of the coolest bands around. —RCA Records 2005 [LINDA GAMPERT]
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