Foo Fighters – In Your Honor (2005/2009) [Qobuz FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Foo Fighters – In Your Honor (2005/2009)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz  | Time – 01:23:31 minutes | 1,79 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Front Cover | © RCA Records Label

In Your Honor is the fifth studio album by American rock band Foo Fighters. It is a double album, with one disc containing heavy rock songs and a second disc with mellower acoustic songs. Frontman Dave Grohl decided to do a diverse blend of songs as he felt that after ten years of existence, the band had to break new ground with their music. The album was recorded at a newly built studio in Northridge, Los Angeles, and featured guests such as John Paul Jones, Norah Jones and Josh Homme.

Although it was as big a commercial success as Foo Fighters’ three previous albums, 2002’s One by One seemed flat and tired, as if their leader, Dave Grohl, had reached a songwriting slump or as if the band had exhausted its possibilities. The time was ripe for a reinvention, or at least a risk, and the group responded accordingly with In Your Honor, a double album containing one disc of hard rock and one disc of acoustic material. Splitting music along such a clear dividing line is dangerous: since each disc explores one specific territory, each could sound monochromatic, but instead of falling into this trap, Foo Fighters benefit from these self-imposed constraints. Both the rock and acoustic albums have their own distinct character — more so than, say, Guns N’ Roses’ separately released Use Your Illusion’s, which felt like one gigantic sprawling album — and while each is recognizably the work of Foo Fighters, neither feels as formulaic as One by One. While the acoustic album would seem to be the biggest break from tradition — not only does it have a hushed, subdued mood, but it’s filled with guest stars, including several appearances by Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones, a duet with Norah Jones on “Virginia Moon,” and Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme returning the favor of Grohl’s drumming on Songs for the Deaf by laying down guitar on “Razor” — both albums showcase a reinvigorated band that is eager to stretch out and experiment. As such, the rock album not only hits much harder than One by One — arguably, it rocks harder than any of their other records — but its has fluid musicality and a new found sense of drama that gives it a nearly cinematic sense of scope. Naturally, the acoustic album is quieter, but it also has a similar flow and easy grace that makes it a fitting complement to the harder first record. Previous Foo Fighters albums have had the problem of being a little inconsistent, both in terms of material and in terms of maintaining a consistent sound, but here, perhaps because of the focused direction of the two albums, they not only sustain a consistent mood on each record, but the songs on each are strong, hooky, and memorable. Which means that In Your Honor pulls off a neat trick: by stretching out, Foo Fighters not only have expanded their sound, but they’ve found the core of why their music works, so they now have better songs and deliver them more effectively. It makes for certainly their most consistent, arguably their best album yet. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine


CD1 #01 – In Your Honor
CD1 #02 – No Way Back
CD1 #03 – Best Of You
CD1 #04 – DOA
CD1 #05 – Hell
CD1 #06 – The Last Song
CD1 #07 – Free Me
CD1 #08 – Resolve
CD1 #09 – The Deepest Blues Are Black
CD1 #10 – End Over End

CD2 #01 – Still
CD2 #02 – What If I Do?
CD2 #03 – Miracle
CD2 #04 – Another Round
CD2 #05 – Friend Of A Friend
CD2 #06 – Over And Out
CD2 #07 – On The Mend
CD2 #08 – Virginia Moon
CD2 #09 – Cold Day In The Sun
CD2 #10 – Razor