The Colour and The Shape

By the Foo Fighters
This is the album cover for The Colour And The Shape
This is the album cover for ‘The Colour And The Shape’

Who are the Foo Fighters?

The Foo Fighters are a world known rock band that have been around for years. With the head man David Grohl paving the way for the band, they have made it very far. The band consists of 6 members: Dave Grohl as lead vocals and guitarist, Nate Mendel on bass, Chris Shiflett and Pat Smear also on guitar, Rami Jaffee on keyboard, and Josh Freese on drums. Releasing 11 studio albums so far since forming in 1994, they show no signs of slowing down. With the first album being released on July 4, 1995 to the most recent one posted on June 2nd, 2023, their music just keeps getting better. My personal favorite album is The Colour and The Shape. Released on May 20, 1997, it has become their second most popular album. Today, I will be reviewing each song, and telling you how I feel about it.

This is the Foo Fighters at the Glastonbury Festival in 2023. They tried to keep themselves a secret by going as the mystery band The Churnups.


Album Review

1.) Doll
This song is basically an introduction to the album, a bit strange in my opinion, but the guitar sounds nice. The song doesn’t really reflect the vibe of the band, but it’s still a good interlude. I don’t have much more to say about it.

Rating: 5/10

This was the Foo Fighters very first show. They performed in February of 1995.

2.) Monkey Wrench
This is one of the most hype songs I’ve ever heard. It gives off indie 90’s teen and coming-of-age movie vibes. It never fails to get me moving. Definitely a song to play when partying.

Rating: 9/10

3.) Hey, Johnny Park!
This song is not terrible, but it is not my favorite on the album. It could be a bit more hype honestly. It’s one of the slower songs on the album, but I like the way the drums and guitar mix.

Rating: 6/10

4.) My Poor Brian
The first time I listened to this song, I found it really weird, but the rest of the song is really catchy and has a good beat. The line “real life is so hard” is so relatable, and it gives the song a kick. It’s a pretty amazing song.

Rating: 8/10

5.) Wind Up
The song sounds similar to “My Poor Brian”. It’s catchy and has a good beat. The mini guitar solos and screaming towards the end of the song go very hard. Definitely another song to get the people going.

Rating: 7/10

6.) Up in arms
The song starts off super mellow compared to the first 5 songs in the album. It honestly surprised me. The song ends up speeding up towards the middle and the end, and I am a big fan of it. It gives another teen 90’s movie vibe.

Rating: 7/10

Dave Grohl and the band on stage for the first time without their late drummer. After the show, he wrote a letter thanking all of his fans for being there for the band.

7.) My Hero
The drums in this song are insane. I love the words and just everything about the song. The whole song just gives me goosebumps every time I listen to it. Definitely a song to sing along to.

Rating: 9/10

8.) See You
I’m not a fan of the beginning of this song, I don’t like the beat. I’m not the biggest fan of this song, and I have nothing else to say.

Rating: 1/10

9.) Enough Space
The buildup during the song is good and so is the baseline. The scream in the song caught me by surprise, but I really like it. Overall just a chill song that matches the album.

Rating: 6/10

10.) February Stars
The song is very mellow and chill in the beginning. I didn’t mind it, as it was a contrast from the rest of the album. The buildup to the pick up at the end of the song had me on the edge of my seat, and I love plot twist. Definitely another good song on the album.

Rating: 6/10

11.) Everlong
This song and I have quite the backstory. This was the very first Foo Fighters song I’ve ever heard. It’s crazy to me that at first I didn’t like it. It’s probably my favorite song ever. This song just makes you feel every feeling, and can go with any occasion. It is their most popular song, and I understand why. From the guitar, to drums, to singing, it’s truly perfect. This is my favorite song they have ever written.

Rating: 10/10

Here is Dave performing with his broken leg. He fell off of a stage in a previous show.

12.) Walking After You
I was not expecting this song to be with an acoustic guitar. The beginning tripped me out because it isn’t really like the rest of the album. The song itself gives sad vibe. It’s not bad, I’m just not a huge fan of it.

Rating: 2/10

13.) New Way Home
The song is pretty hype and reminds me of “Monkey Wrench”. I think that it fits the album well. I like the rhythm and the beat of the song, it’s good for a happy summer day. Overall this song is a fun listen.

Rating: 8/10

14.) The Color and The Shape
This was the first “heavy metal” song I’ve ever listened to. I love it. Just the overall screaming in the song is just a crazy thing to listen to. At first I thought the song was really weird, but then it grew on me. I love the plot twist, you think the song is over and then it’s not.

Rating: 8/10

My Final Opinion

Overall, I think that this is their best album yet. With great hits like “Everlong” and “Monkey Wrench”, this album is nothing like I have ever heard before. I definitely think you should check this album out, and all of their other works. You can find them on all streaming platforms. The Foo Fighters changed my opinion on music, and they definitely can change yours.

Works Cited

Cohen, J. (2023, July 11). Every foo fighters album, ranked. SPIN.

Foo Fighters. (1997). The Colour and The Shape. [Album] Roswell and Capitol Records.

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