Colour and the Shape [Expanded]

The Colour and the Shape [Expanded]

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by Foo Fighters
     
 

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Since the first Foo Fighters album was a collection of Dave Grohl solo recordings, their second, The Colour and the Shape, is in many ways their official debut, and it certainly does sound different than its predecessor. Producer Gil Norton has tightened up the sound considerably -- his control was so tight that drummer

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Since the first Foo Fighters album was a collection of Dave Grohl solo recordings, their second, The Colour and the Shape, is in many ways their official debut, and it certainly does sound different than its predecessor. Producer Gil Norton has tightened up the sound considerably -- his control was so tight that drummer William Goldsmith left the band during the recording, leaving Grohl to record the rhythm tracks for the bulk of the album. Certainly, Norton's big, shiny production makes The Colour and the Shape sound more professional than the debut, but the presence of a full band makes a difference, too. The full Foo Fighters make Grohl's songs heavier, not punkier, which may be a little unsettling to fans of the debut's ragged, amateurish edge. It's also strange that the album has such a glossy, arena-ready sound, since Grohl's songs are introspective, quite different than the endearing punk-pop of its predecessor. They're also not quite as catchy as before, but the band compensates by delivering them with a brutal energy. Still, the lack of immediate hooks prevents The Colour and the Shape from truly catching fire. [The 2007 expanded Legacy Expanded Edition added six bonus tracks.]

Product Details

Release Date:
07/10/2007
Label:
Rca
UPC:
0886970918329
catalogNumber:
709183
Rank:
21129

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Foo Fighters   Primary Artist
Pat Smear   Guitar
Dave Grohl   Guitar,Drums,Vocals
William Goldsmith   Drums
Nate Mendel   Bass Guitar
Andy Engel   Rendering
Chris Bilheimer   Hand Clapping
Ryan Boesch   Hand Clapping
Taylor Hawkins   Drums
Lance Bangs   Hand Clapping
Giacomo Marchesi   Rendering

Technical Credits

Killing Joke   Composer
Gary Numan   Composer
Gerry Rafferty   Composer
Bradley Cook   Engineer
Dave Grohl   Composer
Gil Norton   Producer,Audio Production
Jamie Starr   Composer
Foo Fighters   Composer,Producer,Art Direction
Jeff Turner   Engineer
Tommy Steele   Art Direction
Simon Askew   Producer,Engineer
Nate Mendel   Liner Notes
Jeffery Fey   Art Direction
Barrett Jones   Producer,Engineer

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The Colour and the Shape 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Colour and the Shape is a masterpiece of music, ranging from your harder styles of songs, like Monkey Wrnech, to your softer listening, such as February Stars. My personal favourite is My Hero, but you will see that it is a\hard to decide between each song's personal worth.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Colour and the Shape is one of the best rock CDs I have ever heard. "Monkeywrench," which you've probably heard on the radio, is a fair indicator of how super cool this whole album is. Buy it if you like modern rock at all.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For those of you who are familiar with Green Day's DOOKIE, you'll know how a great album should flow. Though RollingStone rated DOOKIE 193 out of their top 500 greatest albums, The Colour and the Shape still comes first in my book. This album flows more smoothly than any album I've ever heard. There isn't one bad song on this album, and songs like "Everlong" and "Hero" have become rock classics. But what really makes this album rock is the Dave Grohl's contrast between songs: The short and sweet "Doll" gets slammed head-on with "Monkey Wrench", which also shows Dave's punk roots. And then comes the uncreative but very entertaining screaming of "Enough Space", which is followed by the quiet rock ballad "February Stars". Let me put it this way: IF YOU DON'T BY THIS ALBUM, IT'S BECAUSE OF A CHARACTER FLAW
Anonymous More than 1 year ago