Foo Fighters – ‘Medicine at Midnight’ | Album Review

Foo Fighters’, latest album, Medicine at Midnight, is out now via RCA Records/Roswell Records.

Foo Fighters released their 10th studio album, Medicine at Midnight, via RCA Records/Roswell Records on February 5. The self-described “Saturday Night party-album” delivers what it promises: sheer, dancing fun. In an interview with NPR Morning Edition frontman Dave Grohl described the delay of this album. He had hoped like many bands that the pandemic would be over sooner rather than later, allowing for a blow out premier; however, that day has yet to arrive, so why not release something everyone can get down to in the meantime?

Here are the highlights from this disco-beat, boogie inspired album:

  1. Making a Fire

Luck be damned
I took a stand and finally hit my stride
Bye, bye

  • The beginning strums grounds the listener in what he assumes is about to be a standard Foo Fighters’ album until the song confronts the reserved listener with nah-nah-nahs and claps, letting him know it’s okay to start tapping his foot. 
  • Vocals feature Grohl’s 14-year daughter, Violet, who has perfect pitch.

2. Shame Shame

I’ll be the one
Be the moon, be the sun
Be the rain in your song
Go and put that record on

  • A deep bass and staccato of strings sound like Halloween midnight rain, accentuating the playful lyrics. A beautiful cello crescendos before sliding back into drippy plick-plack-plucks.
  • We are subtly reminded of Prince’s ‘When Doves Cry.’
  • Would be a great soundtrack pick up for Big Mouth and their Shame Wizard.

3. Cloudspotter

Swing, swing guillotine queen
Cut me back down to size

4. Waiting on a War

I’ve been waiting on a war since I was young
Since I was a little boy with a toy gun

5. Medicine at Midnight

I remember dancing hard
Under the Dead Moon
Howling with you

  • If you were dead and couldn’t find your groove before, you will pulsate from the title track’s throbbing meter.
  • Grohl’s voice reeks of Bowie’s sex
  • The guitar solo rivals Clapton.

6. No Son of Mine

No son of mine will ever say
Under the power vested in thee
March into slaughter down on his knees

  • This song sneaks up on you. A Metallica space opera intro greases its way into a spooky, rockabilly rhythm. You can sense the presence of The Cramps howling at you from the corner.
  • The lyrics are clever and declare a stark contrast to the song’s gospel roots.
  • Perfect for the inevitable True Blood reunion soundtrack.

7. Hard Poison

Sometimes I dream, I can dream, I can dream
And then I bleed and I bleed and I bleed

  • Contains heated kick drum action that melts your frozen heart. 
  • Foo Fighters resuscitate the life of the cowbell and all its glory.
  • An archetypical Foo Fighters song that still finds new ways to experiment with percussion before going out with a phantasm of a guitar solo. 

8. Chasing Birds

The road to hell is paved with good intentions
Dark inventions of mine
The road to hell is paved with broken parts
Bleeding hearts like mine

  • This is the mellow, ethereal ballad created for you to whip your lighter out to and become family with the strangers that surround you at a stadium show.
  • Whispers of ABBA’s Thank You for the Music.’

9. Love Dies Young

Love dies young
And there’s no resuscitation
No regeneration

  • The album as a whole has catchy, artful lyrics, but these are my favorite.
  • The joy of this song has the same epic feeling as the Boss’ ‘Born to Run.’
  • The resounding happy beat is felt in your core, invoking an evolutionary response in the human makeup to drop everything and dance in the street.

Because the world continues to run low on COVID-19 vaccines, while not FDA approved, stocking Medicine at Midnight at drugstores may be the next best solution. In interviews, Grohl has stated that it was important to the band to not release an acoustic, on-the-wagon, middle-aged album, but instead use the band’s experience to dive deeper into the music that continues to inspire them in order to push new personal boundaries. This percussion driven album holds to the Foo Fighters’ tried and true formula while providing a new foxy consciousness to each song. All in all, here is an album that you and your dazed and confused parents can find common ground on.

Foo Fighters’ Medicine at Midnight is available now. 

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