Songs to Listen to While Me and the Fellas Raid the Capitol in D.C.


R E V I E W – M U S I C  A L B U M


Faiyaz Ahmed


I had a piercing headache as I started listening to this album and I can safely say that those 36 minutes were more excruciating than the headache itself.

Medicine at Midnight is the 10th full-length album by the Foo Fighters and sadly, they have not been able to keep up with their legacy. This album has been a weird mix of pop-rock, grunge, and whatever it is that was left of their legacy of being one of the biggest names in rock and grunge in the 90s and the early 2000s. 

The opening song, “Making a Fire”, sounds like a theme song for a bad 2000s sitcom that got cancelled after the first two seasons. The riff in the song feels weak, lazy, and not up to their own standards. The Second song, “Shame Shame”, has a “Red Hot Chilli Peppers” vibe to it, except it is nowhere near as fun or enjoyable as a “Chilli Peppers” chorus. Although the song manages to bring out some groove and is somewhat a salvation after the disappointing opening track, it is still quite substandard. 

The title track, “Medicine at Midnight”, is pretty decent, enjoyable, and saves the album from being painfully bad by a slight margin. Definitely one of the better songs of the record.

“Waiting on a War”, one of the nicer tracks in the album, sort of reminds you of the good old Foo Fighters songs. It resembles their previous, more established and beloved sound.

The songs “No Son of Mine” and “Holding Poison” feel like they belong to a playlist named Songs to Listen to While Me and the Fellars Raid the Capitol in DC.

There is a lingering feeling that truckers and Trump supporters would definitely enjoy this album throughout a few of the songs in this entire record, which is ironic considering Dave Grohl and company have always held contradictory views about the very idea.

The overall album is weak and lacklustre and I had a hard time picking out the songs that I genuinely enjoyed and would listen to for a while. It’s disappointing to see artists of such stature produce music that can’t even live up to their glory days. At this point, it feels like they are doing it just for the sake of doing it. The whole record feels like it lacks inspiration, and the energy they used to have in their works seems to be gone.

It really makes you wonder the purpose behind making such a record. Did the band really lose their touch or is it just a record to make money off of? How I feel about this whole album can be summed up in a Pitchfork quote.

“Dave Grohl’s lawful-good lifestyle presents an eternal conflict between being unable to hate the guy and being unable to enjoy the music he continues to make.”

 


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