Aural Pleasure: Foo Fighters' 'Sonic Highways'

Foo Fighters | Sonic Highways | RCA | ★★★★   
The Foo Fighters traveled to virtually every music mecca in the United States to harness each music scene into their eighth studio album, Sonic Highways. Dave Grohl and company went on a voyage to eight prominent cities (Chicago, D.C., Nashville, Austin, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Seattle and New York), making an HBO rock doc with the same title as their twin album.

The first track, “Something from Nothing,” shows an appreciation for the city and music scene of Chicago, featuring Windy City alumn and Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielson. Not to be out done, the second track and single “The Feast and the Famine” is a hard-hitting song inspired by the iconic D.C hardcore punk scene.

From Dolly Parton in Nashville to Willie Nelson in Austin; the Preservation Hall Jazz Band in New Orleans to the grungy sounds of Grohl's home in Seattle, Sonic Highways is an impressive and musically diverse connection between listener, musician and city. It's great illustration of—as Dave Grohl put it—“a love letter to the history of American music.”

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