Sonic Highways

Sonic Highways

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Nobody ever would've thought the Foo Fighters were gearing up for a hiatus following the vibrant 2011 LP Wasting Light, but the group announced just that in 2012. It was a short-lived break, but during that time-off, lead Foo Dave Grohl filmed an ode to the classic Los Angeles recording studio Sound City, which in turn inspired the group's 2014 album, Sonic Highways. Constructed as an aural travelog through the great rock & roll cities of America -- a journey that was documented on an accompanying HBO mini-series of the same name -- Sonic Highways picks up the thread left dangling from Sound City: Real to Reel; it celebrates not the coiled fury of underground rock exploding into the mainstream, the way the '90s-happy Wasting Light did, but rather the classic rock that unites the U.S. from coast to coast. No matter the cameo here -- and there are plenty of guests, all consciously different from the next, all bending to the needs of their hosts -- the common denominator is the pumping amps, sky-scraping riffs, and sugary melodies that so identify the sound of arena rock at its pre-MTV peak. There are a few unexpected wrinkles, as when Ben Gibbard comes aboard to give "Subterranean" a canned electronic pulse and Tony Visconti eases the closing "I Am a River" into a nearly eight-minute epic, but the brief eight-song album just winds up sounding like nothing else but the Foo Fighters at their biggest, burliest, and loudest. They've become the self-proclaimed torch barriers for real rock, championing the music's history but also blessedly connecting the '70s mainstream and '80s underground so it's all one big nation ruled by six-strings. That the mainstream inevitably edges out the underground on Sonic Highways is perhaps inevitable -- it is the common rock language, after all -- but even if there's a lingering predictability in the paths the Foo Fighters follow on Sonic Highways, they nevertheless know how to make this familiar journey pleasurable.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/10/2014
Label: Rca
UPC: 0888430900820
catalogNumber: 309008
Rank: 31072

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Foo Fighters   Primary Artist
Joe Walsh   Guitar
Charlie Gabriel   Clarinet
Pat Smear   Guitar
Chris Goss   Background Vocals
Dave Grohl   Acoustic Guitar,Cymbals,Vocals,Background Vocals,Ebo
Rami Jaffee   Organ,Piano,Tuba,Background Vocals,Clavinet,Mellotron,Wurlitzer
Ronell Johnson   Background Vocals
Freddie Lonzo   Trombone
Rick Nielsen   Guitar (Baritone)
Benjamin Jaffe   Tuba
Nate Mendel   Bass
Kristeen Young   Background Vocals
Skeeter Thompson   Background Vocals
Barrett Jones   Ebo
Chris Shiflett   Guitar,Background Vocals
Taylor Hawkins   Drums,Background Vocals
Ben Gibbard   Background Vocals
Mark Braud   Trumpet
Drew Hester   Percussion,Tambourine
Zac Brown   Background Vocals
Clint Maedgen   Saxophone,Background Vocals
John Lousteau   Background Vocals
Gary Clark   Guitar
Pete Stahl   Background Vocals
Jim Rota   Background Vocals
Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles   Strings

Technical Credits

Butch Vig   Producer
Tony Visconti   String Arrangements
Foo Fighters   Composer,Producer
James Brown   Engineer
Stephan Martiniere   Cover Illustration

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