It was a weird music day for me today. I was wrapping up a new paint job in our master bathroom and decided to take a listen to the new album Concrete and Gold by Foo Fighters.
I have been a fan of the Foos since they started up in 1994 shortly after the disbanding of Nirvana following Kurt Cobain's suicide. I loved all their albums from the release of their self-titled debut through the next 12 years and five subsequent albums. The final album from this period — Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace — remains my favorite album.
They kinda took it easy for four years and finally put out their follow-up in 2011, titled Wasting Light. I was only meh about it. Then there was Sonic Highways in 2014 that was decent enough but still not up to the bar I have mentally set for the band. Let's just say I haven't listened to it since seeing them live for the first time in my life in 2015 in support of this album.
This past week saw the release of Concrete and Gold and, after listening to it today, it's gonna take some time before I listen again.
I know I will, eventually, but, let's face it, it's kind of a mess.
It really makes me miss their old stuff.
Which makes the timing of and my appreciation of hearing Chris Cornell's cover of Prince's "Nothing Compares 2 U" tonight on the radio nothing short of perfect.
Because nothing can compare to Foo's early career and this is probably one of my favorite Cornell performances (even if the song is not his).