December 8th, 2006 06:40 EST
Foo Fighters release first live disc
After five thrilling rock "n roll releases, the four men that continue to keep us safe from Foo recently released their first ever live album, Skin and Bones. The album was recorded during Foo Fighters all too brief (and all too sold-out) acoustic tour showcasing the softer side of the accomplished arena rockers.
In Your Honor, the double album released in the summer of 2005, was the first time frontman Dave Grohl and his fellow Foos devoted an entire disc to acoustic tunes. Some of these songs appear on Skin and Bones such as Razor, Over and Out and Friend of a Friend.
Naturally, these tracks from In Your Honor hold up on this stellar collection. The real gems, however, are unveiled when Foo classics like My Hero, Big Me and Everlong are performed in their rawest form yet.
Aside from these Foo standards, other standouts include the title-track, a new song which perfectly illustrates the stripped down side of this hard rockin` quartet. This album of subtle surprises also includes the song Marigold, a cover by that other group Dave Grohl used to belong.
Skin and Bones may in fact receive comparisons to that other group (aka Nirvana) and their haunting release Unplugged in New York. Both releases feature guitarist Pat Smear, cover songs and, most importantly, a dynamic frontman.
In addition to Smear, the Foos are accompanied by violinist Petra Haden and Rami Jaffee on keyboards, all of whom help to add some meat to Skin and Bones.
This acoustic album proves that Foo Fighters are a band that is greater than the sum of their parts; a rare thing in today`s music world which seems to focus more on showmanship than songs.
Skin and Bones is a treat for longtime fans and is also a breath of fresh air to people who have grown tired of modern rock. A live DVD has also been released, a perfect gift for that Foo Fighter fan this holiday season!