Foo Fighters, Medium Rare (2011)Released for Record Store Day 2011 this is a collection of covers – some of them already existing as B-sides and live favourites – here now on one LP as a limited edition. I bought this because I thought it was a nifty idea. I’m not a big Foo Fighters fan. I enjoyed the band’s first two albums, since then it’s been (nothing but) diminishing returns. I still stand by everything I said about the band here – but I did enjoy Medium Rare. And it’s possible I might even enjoy it once or twice more before I die. It strikes me that this is the best album the band has released since The Colour And The Shape – not Wasting Light. This of course further serves one of the main points in the Blog On The Tracks entry I linked to above – that the Foos don’t really write very good songs. Covers albums are in most cases novelty only (Twilight Singers did a good one; an album that stacks up with any of their original material). And this covers album is the third best thing the Foo Fighters have done, after Colour And The Shape and that self-titled debut/set of Dave Grohl demos. That said, none of the covers here improve on the originals – and the hype behind versions of Baker Street and Band On The Run seems to come from troglodyte Foo fans unable to express/admit that what they’re really enjoying is a quality song from Gerry Rafferty or Paul McCartney.
Sample Track: Darling Nikki
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