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  • Summary: The 10th full-length studio release for the alternative rock band led by Dave Grohl was produced with Greg Kurstin.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. 90
    It's the zippiest Foos album to date. ... As a modern rock melting pot, Medicine certainly sounds like a spirit rediscovered. [Mar 2021, p.84]
  2. Feb 5, 2021
    84
    Grohl promised a record you can groove to, and he delivered, while still maintaining a quintessential crunch that’s fitting for a Foo.
  3. Feb 4, 2021
    80
    It’s an exhibition of just what a simply, fundamentally good band Foo Fighters are, and how skilled with a tune and a melody Dave Grohl is. You couldn’t call it stripped back as such, but its less hectic nature throws things into slightly sharper focus.
  4. 75
    An essential listen for fans and a fair introduction for newcomers, Medicine at Midnight feels like the rare late-career release that genuinely earns its spots within the legacy setlist.
  5. Feb 9, 2021
    70
    If you are cool with the lighter, quirkier, goofier version of Foo Fighters, you'll enjoy Medicine at Midnight for what it is – a fun, pop-rock album -- and it'll find its way to about the middle of your list of favorite Foo Fighters albums.
  6. Feb 1, 2021
    70
    Medicine at Midnight isn't good because of the ways it pushes the envelope, but because of how upholds the band's status as rock torchbearers. This is the Foos doing what they do best.
  7. Feb 8, 2021
    47
    Their 10th album, Medicine at Midnight, adds very little to their extensive catalog of interchangeable power pop and hard-rock sing-alongs. But you can’t hang them on their own music, because Foo Fighters would never dare to give you enough rope to do it.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 32
  2. Negative: 5 out of 32
  1. Feb 5, 2021
    10
    I love this album! Funky, pop filled, and full of energy and fun. Great work Fighters!
  2. Feb 5, 2021
    9
    Great album. Great songs. The only downside is the pick of the singles, which are the worst songs of the record in my opinion.
  3. Feb 5, 2021
    8
    Those in the "I want my band to always sound like my favorite album of theirs" crowd will likely be disappointed with this Foo and that's tooThose in the "I want my band to always sound like my favorite album of theirs" crowd will likely be disappointed with this Foo and that's too bad, because this is a really enjoyable album. The songs breeze by, and the band feels like they are having a blast. The arrangements, the backup singers, the drumming (Taylor is the star of this record), the "Let's Dance"-era Bowie vibe to some of the tunes... it all makes for a great listen. It's not as meaty as some other Foo albums, so we'll see if it has staying power. But if you're looking for a "we're gettin' the hell out of this pandemic and having some fun" rock record, this more than fits the bill! Expand
  4. Feb 8, 2021
    7
    This is a very catchy and breezy album coming off the back of the plodding and super-serious concrete and gold. Unlike most Foo records, thereThis is a very catchy and breezy album coming off the back of the plodding and super-serious concrete and gold. Unlike most Foo records, there isn't a single track here that I would consider as an outlier in terms of quality. On the contrary, no song sticks out as a Foos classic, either. Still, this is the most consistent record since C&S, and a nice change of pace for the band. Expand
  5. Mar 1, 2021
    7
    "Medicine At Midnight" is not a record you would expect from Foo Fighters, but it is still packed with contagious riffs, exciting tunes and"Medicine At Midnight" is not a record you would expect from Foo Fighters, but it is still packed with contagious riffs, exciting tunes and powerful drummings that have established the band as a staple of modern rock. The album opener "Making a Fire" has potentials to be a summer radio hit with singalong "na-na-na" and catchy hooks that provide a great vision of what Dave Grohl and co is aiming for. Leading single "Shame Shame" channels Grohl's admiration for David Bowie and Prince, as the band charges into new territories. "Cloudspotters" follow up with even greater surprises with verses that go as poppy as Foo Fighters can ever be, juxtaposed by a banger of a chorus. The album continues to keep listeners not knowing what to expect, from the slow-burn ballad "Waiting On a War" and the 80s dance rock title track to the Motorhead-inspired headbanger-worthy "No Son of Mine" and the party-all-night "Holding Poison". For me, the somber slow rock "Chasing Birds" is the most memorable surprise when Grohl demonstrates his rarely shown tender vocals, accompanied by soothing guitar strumming and drumming. The album closer "Love Dies Young" is the weakest track for me and it fails to end the record on a high note.

    Overall, I don't have much to criticize this record. Most songs are pretty enjoyable to listen. The band continues to expand their illustrious catalog with new sounds and they have done most things right. That said, I don't think this album or any song from it will end up in my 2021 favorite playlist. They are all fun songs that get me party hard but none of them establishes a strong personal bond with me and no song particularly stands out as a classic. There is no problem with that at all, as long as Foo Fighters had some fun creating the record and I had some fun listening to their creative and ever-evolving works. "Medicine At Midnight" is worthy a listen and enjoy jamming along it!

    Highlights: Making A Fire, Medicine At Midnight, Holding Poison, Chasing Birds
    Rating: 7.2/10
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  6. Feb 8, 2021
    6
    This dose of musical medicine was administered a bit too late.

    Foo Fighters are no strangers to branching out towards different musical
    This dose of musical medicine was administered a bit too late.

    Foo Fighters are no strangers to branching out towards different musical directions while still keeping their tonal core. Foo Fighters dip their toes into the water of movin' and grooving' dance music, but still pack the signature hard-hitting Foo flair. It's a solid album as a whole but there's nothing outstanding about it. Medicine at Midnight would have been much more well received if it wasn't held away from desperate ears for a year. When the world needed a dose of medicinal Foo Fighters music the most, they were nowhere to be found. It is still nice to have now, but it's not as effective as it could have been. It will probably be rembered as a lower-middle of the pack album in the Foo's discography.
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  7. Feb 7, 2021
    0
    Is this even Foo Fighters anymore?

    Whatever it is it sure is hot garbage. I doubt anyone will listen to this album or any single from it
    Is this even Foo Fighters anymore?

    Whatever it is it sure is hot garbage. I doubt anyone will listen to this album or any single from it more than once. These critics are being incredibly generous....There are so many people doing way better pop funk than this if that is what Foo is transforming into.
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