• Record Label: RCA
  • Release Date: Sep 15, 2017
Metascore
72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 29 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
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  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. Magnet
    Nov 21, 2017
    80
    The Foo sextet has made its hardest, yet most curvaceous and warm-blooded record to date. [No. 148, p.54]
  3. Sep 18, 2017
    80
    Concrete and Gold is easily the finest album of the Foo Fighters’ 20-plus year recording career, an artistic breakthrough that hopefully marks the start of an exciting new era in the band’s continued musical odyssey.
  4. 80
    A record that features some of the band’s most vital and impressive tracks in years.
  5. Kerrang!
    Sep 11, 2017
    80
    If you're expecting an album full of immediate anthems like Monkey Wrench and All My Life, dig out their Greatest Hits. Otherwise, bask in this hour of masterful '70s-flavoured jams. [9 Sep 2017, p.50]
  6. 80
    The finished product is actually more like AC/DC having a crack at making their White Album, in that it’s as varied, expansive and crammed with drug-crusted invention as a band embedded in blues and hard rock can get. For a record relatively light on pop-rock stadium slayers, it’s also easily the Foos’ most elemental album yet.
  7. Sep 5, 2017
    80
    In conception and execution, Concrete And Gold stands as Foo Fighters' most beguiling record to date. [Oct 2017, p.88]
  8. Sep 21, 2017
    73
    Grohl and company could have continued to make mundane arena rock. That they’ve managed to hunker down and create a collection that proves that they aren’t ready crawl fade away just yet.
  9. Uncut
    Sep 22, 2017
    70
    It packs plenty of the expected, full-throttle thrills, but there's more interesting, atypical action on winding, low-slung jam "The Sky Is A Neighborhood" and the six-minutes-plus of "Sunday Rain." [Nov 2017, p.26]
  10. 70
    What really sets Concrete and Gold aside from the rest is that you don’t feel this one has been written with stadiums specifically in mind.
  11. Sep 19, 2017
    70
    Grohl and his pals never set out to write the gospel on modern rock--they only sought to preach it, hammering it into our heads by way of biting hooks and anthemic melodies. There’s more than enough red meat to go around on Concrete and Gold, the band’s ninth album.
  12. Sep 15, 2017
    70
    Musically and emotionally, Concrete and Gold is their most balanced record yet.
  13. Sep 14, 2017
    70
    Foo Fighters show that they're in love with light and shade, fury and quiet, every twist and turn they can make with their instruments, and even if Concrete And Gold isn't about much more than that, it's refreshing to hear the Foos embrace to the logical flashing conclusion of Grohl's allegiance to real rock values.
  14. Sep 14, 2017
    70
    After remaining stagnant for so long, Concrete and Gold is a mini breakthrough for the Foo Fighters. Progress, at last.
  15. 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.
  16. Sep 12, 2017
    67
    Grohl’s music has cried out for, well, coloring and shaping for so long that it matters more that he’s finally sculpted an objet d’art, rather than Another Foo Fighters album.
  17. Sep 22, 2017
    65
    Once it settles the textures of a solid, workmanlike rock and roll album reveal themselves.
  18. 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.
  19. Sep 26, 2017
    60
    For the most part of Concrete and Gold, it's the same anthemic, meat 'n' potatoes arena rock we've come to expect; a little more punk or metal aggression here, a little more acoustic balladry there, but the mould is the same.
  20. Sep 22, 2017
    60
    While there’s nothing that will diminish their legacy or standing in rock music, there’s very little material that pushes the band forward either.
  21. 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.
  22. Sep 18, 2017
    60
    Grohl and co are on point, the tracklist has girth and depth. What Concrete and Gold lacks, perhaps, is actual concrete: fresh, modern, risky architecture, rather than Beatles tributes.
  23. Sep 15, 2017
    60
    Foo Fighters’ ninth is, then, more interesting than one might’ve expected.
  24. Sep 14, 2017
    60
    La Dee Da has a welcome edge, with a slightly sarcastic feel reminiscent of Grohl’s stint a few years back with Queens Of The Stone Age, and Dirty Water is a competent bit of mid-tempo, mid-intensity, mid-everything stadium rock, as indeed is pretty much the rest of this polished album.
  25. Sep 14, 2017
    60
    It’s an album that won’t frighten the horses, but provides enough fresh interest to keep the band ticking over: for the Foo Fighters, you suspect, that means mission accomplished.
  26. 60
    When they stray from their core heavy rock duties, there’s an Oasis-like magpie quality to the songs, be it the way that the acoustic harmony-pop of “Happy Ever After (Zero Hour)” recalls ‘60s pop trifle “Sitting On A Fence”, or the way Dave Grolsch’s Lennon-esque inflection on “Sunday Rain” is winkingly set within guitar and dynamics echoing Abbey Road’s “I Want You”.
  27. Q Magazine
    Sep 5, 2017
    60
    Concrete And Gold is a straightforward Foo Fighters album, albeit one that does occasionally fulfill its promise to deliver both aural lavishness and maximum heaviosity. [Oct 2017, p.102]
  28. Sep 20, 2017
    58
    Sure, the lyrics are better, the songs aren’t quite as boring, but it’s becoming harder and harder to defend this band on the charge of being dad rock.
  29. 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.
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 121 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 93 out of 121
  2. Negative: 7 out of 121
  1. Sep 15, 2017
    9
    I enjoyed all the tracks in this album aside from the title track which i thought was okay, not great. Stand outs are La Dee Da, Dirty Water,I enjoyed all the tracks in this album aside from the title track which i thought was okay, not great. Stand outs are La Dee Da, Dirty Water, T Shirt, Make it Right, and Happy Ever After. Overall im very pleased with this Foo Fighters albuum. Full Review »
  2. Sep 15, 2017
    4
    On one hand I appreciate the fact that the band is enriching its sound and exploring a new genre that integrates influences straight from theOn one hand I appreciate the fact that the band is enriching its sound and exploring a new genre that integrates influences straight from the roots of American music, on the other hand I miss so much the simplicity and impact of their most known hits. I personally don't like the path this band has taken and I hardly like any of the songs of this new album. In my opinion, since Sonic Highways, they are no longer making post grunge but something different. These new songs surely sound more mature and fancy, but also really uninspired and sometimes a little pretentious. Don't get me wrong, I still love the band...I just feel like they don't need to prove anything. Full Review »
  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. Full Review »