It is refreshing to see bands and musicians that came into the music scene during my teenage years continue to remain musically relevant after all of these years, especially when those same idols from my misspent youth can still Rock.
The Foo Fighters have been a big part of my life’s soundtrack. The mid to late 90s was a vibrant time for Rock music. In the 90s, bands like Foo Fighters, Oasis, Green Day, The Verve, Bush, Red Hot Chili Peppers, U2, Rage Against the Machine, Radiohead, and Korn put out some of my all-time favorite albums. Admittedly and proudly, I still listen to those albums frequently.
This is why I’m beyond static to see how well Foo Fighters, the Band, is aging. Dave Grohl’s voice remains virtually intact in terms of energy and power — and the band, as a collective unit, continues to evolve while at the same time still making creative and impactful music.
Medicine At Midnight is Foo Fighters’ 10th studio album; It was completed in early 2020, and they were supposed to go on tour during the summer of the same year, but we all know what happened….
It took me about 3 to 4 listens, and I was all in.
I love this album from start to finish; It is the shortest and fastest full-length studio album in the entire Foo Fighters discography; it’s a quick listen — I really dig the short length of it, just 9 tracks and coming in at 37 minutes. Somewhat similar to Green Day’s 2020 Father of All Motherfuckers (10 tracks, 26 minutes).
Medicine At Midnight was supposed to be their version of Bowie’s Lets Dance album — and although this is supposed to be a dance, party album, and somewhat of a departure from the Foo Fighters sound we all know and love, it still feels very much like a Foo Fighters album. It is fun, groovy, and energetic with plenty of 80s Rock dance vibes. I liked how all those elements blended well with the unique sound of the Foo. I think this will be a perfect album for future live shows — if I ever get to go to live shows again.
In general, this is an excellent Rock album — there is no doubt that I’ll be spinning Medicine At Midnight on my turntable at home for the foreseeable future. Additionally, this album has constantly been streaming on my Apple Music during my Subway work commute this year.
Here is my track by track breakdown…
1 — MAKING A FIRE:
This opening track sets the party mood of this album — It starts with lots of firepower. The energetic background vocals are great, which tells you that this is a different type of album.
2 — SHAME SHAME:
First single. It feels like an experimental track that actually works well as a first single.
3 — CLOUDSPOTTER:
Fun track, no idea what a Cloudspotter is, but this song grew on me after a few listening sessions, and I really like the chorus. It is a classic Foo Fighter-sounding type of song.
4 — WAITING ON A WAR:
Upon first listen, I was not much into it; however, it has grown on me. Solid vocals.
5 — MEDICINE AT MIDNIGHT:
Title track, full of David Bowie vibes — good beat, and probably my favorite track from this album. Refreshing, fun, and the most danceable beat from the entire record.
6 — NO SON OF MINE:
I heard that this track was a tribute to the late Lemmy from Motorhead. I Love the tempo; it is definitely a head-banging song.
7 — HOLDING POISON:
The intro rocks pretty hard, and it just keeps up the pace from thereon.
8 — CHASING BIRDS:
I fucking love this track. It is by far the most mellow song here. It is the lone ballad of this album. I think that every great record should include a ballad.
9 — LOVE DIES YOUNG:
Interesting how this song is full of sad lyrics but with an upbeat tempo. It brilliantly wraps up the whole dance/rock concept, blending most of those elements from the entire album into this final track.