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Album Review: Medicine At Midnight by Foo Fighters

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Foo Fighters is a rock band from Seattle. Once Nirvana ended, drummer Dave Grohl made Foo Fighters as a solo project. However, he was able to recruit several other members to help him with recording and instrumentation. Foo Fighters had huge success in the 90s, but kind of lost some drive in the 00s and 2010s. With an expansive career, Foo Fighters drop their tenth studio album, Medicine At Midnight.
 
The first track from the album is Making A Fire. First thing I notice from the track is the electrifying guitar riffs and the chorus of people singing 'na na'. While the Foo Fighters have been around for some time, I wasn't expecting more of a pop rock sound. It isn't always a bad thing, but I'm not really sure what to expect from their sound going forward. Besides the chorus of people, the chorus from Dave Grohl just makes it more exciting and seem like the old Foo Fighters.
 
Shame Shame was one of the first singles for this track, but I didn't really give it a listen until closer to the release date. Not really a huge fan of this track either. It opens up with a lot of claps and bodily percussive beats. It's pretty minimal in nature until we get to the chorus when we finally have the long draw out string notes and guitar parts. However, Dave wanted to let people know that this isn't a normal Foo Fighters record. This track seems to talk about the emptiness inside of him, but having to bottle it up.
 
Cloudspotter brings us back to the electric guitars with some polarizing lines that fluctuate between low and high notes. This is probably one of my favorites from the album since Dave is easily able to bring the energy back into the album without making this track sound too cringy or trying to stay relevant. Also, the build up to the chorus just makes the busy instrumentation that much better. This definitely reminds me of some of the things they produced on their 2011 album, Wasting Light.

Waiting on a War tones the track down to more of an acoustic feeling. More is added to the track later, but it's an interesting start to the track. This is probably one of their more political fueled tracks on the album since it goes back to when he was young and the political tension between the United States and the Soviet Union. It's definitely a heart felt track since his daughter is thinking about the same thing and whether or not a war could break out at any point in time.
 
Next, we finally get the title track, Medicine At Midnight. Not sure I expected the opening with a single guitar and some drum kicks. It doesn't really have those roaring guitars, but just a more toned down and simple electric guitar. Dave's vocals seem to overpower the instrumentals during the verses so I'm a bit thrown off by that part. Another strange part is that we continue to have the backup vocalists which just throws me off.

No Son Of Mine brings back the heavy riffing electric guitar parts. It's also the shortest track on the album which is just under three and a half minutes in length. Unfortunately, we do have the chorus of people in the background. They aren't here for much of the track, but they definitely make themselves known during the 'quieter' parts. Minus the chorus of people, this is a fun track that I catch myself humming along to. According to Dave, this track is about how leaders say they're against something, but will commit that crime anyways.

Holding Poison definitely sounds much different than what they have produced so far, but it's a fun track with some nice additions. The guitar part just stands out and gives the track that unique sound. It does sound a bit familiar, just can't think of where I may heard it before. Throughout the track, Dave talks about holding the poison down. I can't help but think that this track has to do with alcohol when he mentions 'poison' and 'holding it down'.

Chasing Birds is another track that just starts off softly and also opens up as another acoustic track. It's also interesting to hear Dave singing in a lighter tone when he has kept up the intensity quite a bit throughout the album. I do enjoy the different harmonies brought in with the different guitar parts. It definitely sounds like some indie rock guitars thrown in here. I'm a bit surprised that I liked this track as much as I would have expected.

The final track from the album is Love Dies Young. It opens up with some quick bass strumming. After Dave has been singing for awhile, the tone of the track quickly changes with the bright guitar chords that just contradict what the beginning of the album started as. Just as the title of the track suggests, Dave talks about how 'love dies young'. In other words, he thinks love is dumb and if you're heartbroken, it's the worst feeling.

As conflicted as I was about a new Foo Fighters album, I guess I was just expecting something else, especially since the last Foo Fighters album I really enjoyed was Wasting Light. Oh well, I guess we could have had something much worse.
Overall Rating: 6/10
Favorite Tracks: Cloudspotter, Waiting On A War, No Son Of Mine, Chasing Birds
 
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