Foo Fighters Medicine at Midnight
Rolling Stone: 4 stars out of 5 -- "From the first track, 'Making a Fire,' the album is brighter and more optimistic than anything they've ever done."
- Released: February 5, 2021
- Originally Released: 2021
- Label: Rca
Rolling Stone4 stars out of 5 -- "From the first track, 'Making a Fire,' the album is brighter and more optimistic than anything they've ever done."
Rolling StoneIncluded in Rolling Stone's "The 50 Best Albums of 2021" -- "Grohl's optimism seems to serve as the band's inextinguishable beacon, and they've ended up sounding even looser than usual this time, like they're having the time of their lives."
Spin"[This is] the band's loosest and most dance-able record in a decade or more."
Spin"'Making A Fire' has a classic rock strut complete with backup singers that sound beamed in from the 'Sweet Home Alabama' sessions, while 'Love Dies Young' piles welcome new wave gloss on the guitars."
Billboard - "[A] revelation -- with leader Dave Grohl and the guys finding a way to slip a bit of funky AM radio jive into their signature bombastic loud-quiet-loud-loud-loud sound."
NME (Magazine)4 stars out of 5 -- "Opener 'Making A Fire' is joyous stuff, a marriage of pop quirk and punchy barre chords, with a chorus that has as much in common as The Eagles as the alternative rock scene from which Foo Fighters emerged."
Clash (Magazine) - "'No Son Of Mine' constitutes a blast of sonics. A tribute to Lemmy, it is a sprawling delivery that portrays the huge admiration Grohl has for the influential Mot”rhead frontman."
Personnel: Songa Lee, Charlie Bisharat (violin); Alma Fernandez (viola); Jacob Braun (cello); Omar Hakim (percussion); Inara George, Barbara Gruska, Laura Mace, Samantha Sidley, Violet Grohl (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Mark "Spike" Stent.
Photographer: Andreas Neumann.
Right before its release in early 2021, Dave Grohl called Medicine at Midnight the Foo Fighters' "Saturday Night party album" -- a self-evaluation that turns out to be pretty accurate. It also functions as an acknowledgment of an open secret within the band's catalog: for all their attributes, the Foos have rarely been "fun." Foo Fighters fix that deficit by diving head on into disco and dance, the syncopations and polyrhythms so dominating Medicine at Midnight that the four-on-the-floor rock & roll ravers almost seem diminished in comparison. Dance-rock isn't necessarily the height of exploration -- the Rolling Stones cut disco the second they could back in the 1970s -- but Foo Fighters have adhered to rock & roll basics for so long, the shift in rhythms seems nearly as giddy as the group's unexpected celebration of the power of the hook. Big riffs battle with the kind of nagging singalong choruses the band have avoided over the years, a combination that makes Medicine at Midnight rush by with the intoxication of a good night out. Ballads are still part of the equation -- there's "Waiting on a War," a reflection of a lifetime spent in the shadow of combat that builds to a cathartic crescendo, plus the dreamy "Chasing Bird," which is the closest Foo Fighters have ever come to soul -- but they provide necessary breathing room on a record that needs a brief respite from the relentless velocity of the rockers. The speed is crucial to the album's appeal, of course: Medicine at Midnight is a speedy, hooky, and efficient record, every bit the party album Grohl promised. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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