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  • Summary: The ninth full-length studio release for the rock band led by Dave Grohl was produced with Greg Kurstin.
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Run
Wake up Run for your life with me Wake up Run for your life with me In another perfect life In another perfect light We run We run We run The rats... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. Sep 15, 2017
    83
    On their ninth album, Concrete And Gold, Foo Fighters go all in on that classic rock love, resulting in a batch of songs that uses the past to give the band new life.
  2. Sep 5, 2017
    80
    In conception and execution, Concrete And Gold stands as Foo Fighters' most beguiling record to date. [Oct 2017, p.88]
  3. 80
    A record that features some of the band’s most vital and impressive tracks in years.
  4. Sep 13, 2017
    70
    Mr. Grohl and Foo Fighters wear their influences so openly--Pink Floyd in “Concrete and Gold,” Led Zeppelin in “Make It Right,” the Beatles all over the album--that they still come across as earnest, proficient journeymen, disciples rather than trailblazers.
  5. Sep 18, 2017
    65
    There are boring Foo Fighters albums and pretty good ones; C&G is a pretty good one, and in two years there will probably be another.
  6. Sep 19, 2017
    60
    Concrete and Gold is an ambitious and entertaining album. But when it comes to a comparison with Sergeant Pepper, it doesn’t earn its stripes.
  7. Sep 18, 2017
    40
    In the end, it’s the lack of direction that’s fatal for Concrete and Gold; at least the last three records, scored through with problems as they were, had a sense of what was driving them, even if it was something as superficial as Sonic Highways’ city-hopping.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. Sep 15, 2017
    10
    Foo did it again! Definitely a stand out album. Not a huge fan of the name but I dig the majority of the album. Stand outs; The Sky Is aFoo did it again! Definitely a stand out album. Not a huge fan of the name but I dig the majority of the album. Stand outs; The Sky Is a Neighborhood, Dirty Water, The Line and Run. Expand
  2. Sep 15, 2017
    10
    With apologies to Dave and co. and their ambitions to make a different kind of album infused with combined concepts (Lemmy's Sgt. Pepper's andWith apologies to Dave and co. and their ambitions to make a different kind of album infused with combined concepts (Lemmy's Sgt. Pepper's and other mashed up ideas), Concrete and Gold is nothing but a Foo Fighter's album... and that's just fine. Hell, it's more than fine; it's a relief. This "album" is full of all the customary Foo Fighters' swings from melodic to grinding to playfulness to earnestness. In fact, this is just a great hard rock record; and it's exactly what we need now: A GREAT F**KIN' ROCK RECORD! So, Dave's intentions may have failed, but in their place is one kick ass Foo Fighters LP. Expand
  3. Sep 15, 2017
    9
    Best album since Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace. I absolutely love "Dirty Water", what a super song. "Arrows", "The Sky is a Neighborhood",Best album since Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace. I absolutely love "Dirty Water", what a super song. "Arrows", "The Sky is a Neighborhood", "Run", "La Dee Da" great great songs. Expand
  4. Sep 16, 2017
    8
    Following the disappointment that was "Sonic Highways", it was undeniable that The Foo Fighters were in need of an elongated hiatus in orderFollowing the disappointment that was "Sonic Highways", it was undeniable that The Foo Fighters were in need of an elongated hiatus in order to reflect on standout issues and search for legitimate inspiration to develop their next studio album. Over the entirety of the group's decades-long history, they have always managed to find a way to come through in the clutch and deliver success when their fans need it most, and they have done just that with their newest record, "Concrete and Gold". By composing a power triad out of acoustic counterparts ("T-Shirt", "Dirty Water", "Happy Ever After"), hard rock anthems ("Run", "The Sky Is A Neighborhood", "Arrows"), and simply foo-tastic songs ("Make It Right", "La Dee Da", "Sunday Rain"), Dave Grohl and Co. have not only created what may just be their most balanced album yet, but one that brings the rock genre much needed success in an era when pop culture dominates the music industry. Expand
  5. Sep 20, 2017
    8
    The album as a whole delivers many great tracks with some falling slightly flat but it doesn't necessarily mean that it's bad. It's actually aThe album as a whole delivers many great tracks with some falling slightly flat but it doesn't necessarily mean that it's bad. It's actually a pretty good record but like any good albums, it has its flaws and personally, i think that's what makes it interesting and different from the other records that they have made over the last 20 years. It's not as good as Wasting Light but it still stands out on its own. Good job foos! Expand
  6. Oct 26, 2017
    7
    I could basically review the first single, Run, and it'd be the same review as my review of this album. It came out, I was hyped, and I wentI could basically review the first single, Run, and it'd be the same review as my review of this album. It came out, I was hyped, and I went from thinking it was average to thinking it was the amazing and everything in between. Yeah so this album didn't exactly land in the amazing category, but not far off. Stylistically the album has a lot of influences from different rock genres like blues, progressive and stoner rock.

    The album begins with T-Shirt, one of my favorite songs (though only 1 min 22 seconds) which is pretty much an intro to the aforementioned Run. Run doesn't really live up to the hype T-Shirt built up for it, with the production (seemingly everyone's main gripe with the album) draining some of the power from the screaming Dave Grohl and the extremely hard guitars. The song drags on a little too long, but I'd say it's enjoyable.

    Also now that I brought up the production I have to say: I didn't find it too bad. Overall it didn't take too much away from songs, and it actually worked with some of the songs.

    After Run comes Make It Right which isn't exacly my favorite song on the album. The main riff isn't very good and it just gets played over and over on top of what is probably the worst case of overproduction on the record. It's a little boring, but I wouldn't say it's bad per se.

    Then comes the second single, The Sky Is a Neighbourhood. Definitely one of my favorite songs. It's a very bluesy alternative rock song with a really nice chorus.

    La Dee Da is pretty much a better Make It Right. It's a little rougher and has a quality bassline. The political message (not the first or last time on the album there is one) is good and it's just a good song.

    Dirty Water's probably not many people's favorite song. I think it's rather good. It has a nice kind of sleazy bedroom-made feel along with a good production and nice backing vocals. I really like the track.

    Arrows is another good track. It's a pretty classic Foo Fighters song, but it's clearly from Concrete and Gold. It's in a weird middle-ground. I like the walking verses mixed with the buildup to the loud chorus. Production is done especially well here.

    Yeah not a massive fan of Happy Ever After (Zero Hour). It has a nice folky feel and good lyrics, but the song feels a little too stagnant. It's not all that exciting.

    Sunday Rain is another track I'm a little mixed on. I want to like it more than I do. The chorus good and production is nice. However I kinda feel the same as I do with the track before it. Still pretty enjoyable.

    The Line is really boring and overproduced. I really don't like it. It was released as a promo single before the album's release and I listened to it like three times. I've never really been a huge fan of the song. Maybe it will still grow on me.

    Oh boy I love Concrete and Gold. The song just chugs along in a magnificent way, and although the production isn't at its best here I don't care. I love this song. BTW **** you Darrell.

    Overall while the album tends to be slightly overproduced and slow at times (mostly towards the end), there's more songs that are enjoyable than otherwise. I'd give this album a strong 7.

    Track ratings:
    T-Shirt decent to strong 9
    Run strong 7 to light 8
    Make It Right decent 5
    The Sky Is a Neighbourhood light 9
    La Dee Da strong 7
    Dirty Water light to decent 8
    Arrows decent 8
    Happy Ever After (Zero Hour) strong 6
    Sunday Rain light 7
    The Line strong 4 to light 5
    Concrete and Gold decent 9

    (these ratings might have changed from the original ones)
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  7. Sep 16, 2017
    3
    pretty much another generic album that will be forgotten in a years time .pretty much another generic album that will be forgotten in a years time . . . Expand

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