Dave Grohl, Rock’s Most Unlikely Elder Statesman

Sep 25th, 2007 // 8 Comments

echoes.jpgEvery week, we round up the all-important, all-summarizing last sentences of the biggest new-music reviews. Today’s entry is the Foo Fighters’ Echoes Silence Patience & Grace, which comes out today:

• “Like the greats, the Foos have found a way to create their own archetype, with an instinctive feel for what constitutes a killer song. From this point on, ‘Fooey’ will be as august an expression of approbation as ‘Beatlesque.’”[EW]
• “These songs are astonishingly easy to listen to, guided by iron notions of form and musical narrative, lifted by a zesty chord, just as they’re threatening to become mundane. If you’re past prom age, there’s a lot of craft here to admire.” [NYT]
• “Most of Echoes rails against people who want to hold the singer down (which raises the question: Is anybody — okay, besides Courtney — really trying to oppress Dave Grohl?). The album’s best song is ‘The Ballad of the Beaconsfield Miners,’ a bluegrass instrumental that’s an oasis amid the combative bluster. It’s hard to criticize Grohl for his lack of innovation, because he’s never wanted to start a revolution. But at this point, Foo Fighters’ consistency has become predictability, and it threatens to trap them in the modern-rock ghetto, dangerously close to those guys in Hinder.” [Spin]
• “With two folksy exceptions, it’s more of the same from one of the planet’s finest hard-rock acts. And since that’s worked famously for 12 years, there’s not much to fault with that.” [Dallas Morning News]

  1. The Notorious T

    Oooh! Look at Spin trying to be all Pitchfork!

  2. Barry White Stripes, Office LW

    This just furthers my theory of:

    Dave Grohl = Paul McCartney

    Except Foo is WAY better than Wings, and Paul never covered Gerry Rafferty.

  3. extracrispy

    Oh, EW, stop trying to make “Fooey” happen.

  4. Vince Neilstein

    Bam. Grohl is the fucking man. See: everything he’s done.

  5. Barry White Stripes, Office LW

    @Fraid: Both were in bands (Beatles, Nirvana) that in their prime could be regarded as the Biggest Band in the World.
    Both moved on from said band to be the mainstay in a commercially succesful band with occasionally changing lineup (Foo, Wings).
    Both have been involved in one way or another (Paul:producing, song writing, film scores, Dave: being on every album he could get on for the last 15 years) with just about every piece of music in their era.

    …At least it makes sense to me!

  6. Anonymous

    “Ninety percent of life is just showing up.” Woody Allen.

    Think I’ll go listen to some Probot.

  7. bedofnails

    I don’t know if anyone caught it, but on “MHD” the other night (MTV’s HD offering – they play music, remember) they showed an after party set w/ Grohl on drums with Josh Homme on guitar, Danger Mouse on vocals – some of the tastiest, and original shit I’ve seen in awhile – blues laden rock and roll.

    My point – although Dave has shown us his talent in fronting a “rock band”, if he were to return to his roots, and drum again for say QOtSA – both tastemakers and I would delight.

    Please see “Song for the Dead” as an example.

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