I don’t often review music and I tend to stay away from commenting on it too much (exceptions being Music Videos and the disappointing Tron Legacy Soundtrack) because quite frankly most people would find my musical tastes somewhat boring and dull. Yeah I’m the kind of dude who listens to basically anything instrumental or lacking in vocals. That is to say I’m not opposed to singers and vocals in the music I listen to, in fact, most of my favourite music is from bands with a strong vocalist like Radiohead, Our Lady Peace, Husking Bee and recently Two Door Cinema Club. I really enjoy music, however I tend to be slow in catch on to some newer things and stick with ‘old’ music.
I don’t know if it’s just the shit I’ve been going through recently or I’ve been super long to take notice, but it’s only been the last month or so of contemplation that I’ve realised something about a specific album out there. This album been more or less standing in the background of my life occasionally coming out and playing its songs when needed, but only in the past year did I actually intensely listen to it entirely. Okay so cutting the suspense or mystery, the album in question has been the Foo Fighters The Color and the Shape, which came out like 13 years ago.
I guess my first exposure to the album was via Big Shiny Tunes 3 which had ‘My Hero’ on it and that’s a great song alone. For a lot of people it has a lot of meaning, myself as a kid we were all kind of encouraged to have heroes and such (I take it kids now have idols or some such crap. Heroes are dead.) I know I’ve seen the music video for it, but I don’t think I did at the time I found it. Either way, as good of an intro as any.
The next exposure I knowingly remember was to the ‘Walking After You’ music video and really at the time I don’t think I put two and two together in regards to who it was and wat was going on. But it was a song I really liked at the time and yeah it’s a bit of a clichéd thing to do the romance/lovesong thing (can’t say if that’s after the fact). The song though had power behind it, a strong romantic power much like the feeling you get listening to ‘I only have Eyes for You’ covered by The Flamingos. Maybe my good feelings were possibly swayed by potential love/loss love, that I don’t remember all too well.
And I guess the crux of everything good about The Color and the Shape is ‘Everlong’. Somehow I completely missed it until about two years ago. I kidd you not. And I gave it top billing in my Art of Music Videos primer. As I can remember it basically hangs in my memory as one of those songs you hear and go ‘yeah that’s a good song. I like that’ but you don’t really pay any more attention to it like you do with car traffic when walking. What I am sure of is that my ex was the one who pointed out why it’s a fucking great song.
When I sing along with you
If everything could ever feel this real forever
If anything could ever be this good again
The only thing I’ll ever ask of you
You’ve got to promise not to stop when I say when
So I could breathe you in
Hold you in
I know quoting lyrics doesn’t do the entirety of the song justice, but that to me is like a part of the essence of being in love and it was in love that it was pointed out to me. And it makes sense in that perspective. Seriously go listen to the song right now if you can. It’s just one of those powerful things you’ll find in life. It to me is beauty via song and is the on thing that makes The Color and the Shape one of the greatest albums you can find out there. I may not like all the songs on it but they shouldn’t be ignored either as they are part that makes the whole.
It may have been 13 going on 14 years since it’s release but there’s a lot that current artists can learn or relearn from this album. I mean a lot of other artists were writing sappy love tributes around the same time (Our Lady Peace is notorious for having at least two songs dedicated to two different women per album) but of all those who came and tried, The Foo Fighters came out on top and for me are still on top with this album. It’s one of the greatest albums I never had or never listened to while growing up and I’m glad in my older age I didn’t entirely pass on it before I became an old man.