Friday, March 31, 2006

Rarities #12: Foo Fighters In Your Honor (2005)

I know I'm in a Foo Fighters phase recently, so bear with me haha. Anyway, In Your Honor is Foos' fifth studio album, following the commercial and critical success that was One By One, which won them two Grammy Awards - Best Hard Rock Performance for All My Life and Best Rock Album.

Even with the accolades dished out on One By One, they weren't totally satisfied with the album and Dave Grohl admitted that he didn't feel that good performing songs from the album on their tours. Somehow the songs didn't feel right.

So the Foos went on a break and responded with this album. The first disc features some of the loudest songs they have ever done, while the second disc showcases a softer and gentler side of the Foos. The album is cleverly being marketed as "20 songs on 2 CDs. One loud, one not so loud."

Anyway, the first disc isn't that loud. It's quite rocking, but it isn't balls-busting loud. But I'm not complaining cos I love them when they rock out loud. Outstanding tracks from the loud side include the title track, new single No Way Back, first single Best Of You, second single DOA and third single Resolve. Heck, I've listed half of the songs in there already. So you kow how much I like the CD now.

I haven't been listening much to the mellow CD though. As I always remind you, the most brilliant track on this side is Virginia Moon, a duet with Norah Jones. It's so un-Foo Fighters and you will fall in love with it once you hear it.

Foos have already wrapped up their "loud" tour and they'll be embarking on an acoustic tour soon, after Dave Grohl welcomes his baby to earth. Not sure what the response to their acoustic tour will be, but Foos are quite capable of turning the volume down. Just listen to their acoustic versions of Times Like These, Everlong and Walking After You for proof.

The limited edition album as featured above comes with a bonus DVD featuring the entire second disc in 5.1 surround sound, as well as a making-of documentary. The whole package is quite nice, but too bad there aren't lyrics in there. It got sold out by the third week of release, so if you have a copy of this, lucky you.


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