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Foo Fighters
The Colour and the Shape (Roswell/Capitol Records)

By: Mike Lingenfeler

If you've ever heard Foo Fighters self-titled debut, you would be surprised to hear the opening track of The Colour and the Shape. It didn't make an attempt to blow you out of your seat!? This may be a "call" for people to realize that the Foos shouldn't be expected to just be a punky-pop band. Of course, it goes directly into the first single, Monkey Wrench, a quick, catchy song that happens to be the first single. There is even a jangly, acoustic song called See You, on this disk. They added an extra verse to the begining of Up In Arms, that wasn't present during last years tour. My Hero, could easily be about how Dave realized that his hero(es) are normal and just like him, they are human, and are ordinary. Enough Space, is a mad romp through riff-land, with only one verse repeated and no chorus at all.

One thing that is different between this album and the self-titled, is that Dave Grohl didn't play nearly every instrument on this one. Although, he did play the drums, guitar and sang this time around.

The familiar comparisons to other bands that certain members have been in, aren't going to be found here, because they aren't warranted. I don't believe that they are much similar to Nirvana, or any of the other bands or people that the members have been with before: the Germs, Alanis Morrisette and Sunny Day Real Estate.

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