Anyone who has paid any attention to rock music since the mid-nineties knows and inevitably loves Foo Fighters. Their fans are the first to admit their music does not particularly stand out from album to album. The band has kept a very consistent sound since their formation. Medicine At Midnight is no exception to holding that well-rounded sound.
Foo Fighters open their tenth album with ‘Making a Fire’, a song that reaches out and grabs the listener’s attention. The song feels as though it was made with the intention of it being blasted while you and your friends drive down back roads at 100 miles per hour in the summertime. It is clearly a Foo Fighters song, only it is a bit groovier than that drum-driven rock ‘n’ roll their fans love. This slightly groovier sound is held onto in the second track, ‘Shame Shame’. The second track is one of the singles off the record and is another drum-driven, catchy song.
‘Cloudspotter’ is a song that shows hopeful imagery only to tear it apart in the next line, a very rock ‘n’ roll lyrical move. The song is catchy and easy to sing along to.
Track four, ‘Waiting On a War’, has been released as a single. The track is a Foo Fighters style ballad, complete with strings and their coveted crescendo at the end of the song. This song stands out on the record; it’s a commentary of everyone in our society being on edge and constant talk of the possibility of war that we are all seemingly prepared for. The song takes that dark commentary and creates a beautifully haunting rock ballad.
The title track, ‘Medicine At Midnight’ somewhat blends into the rest of the album. The song features a handful of harmonies and enough groove for an entire album, but it is not anything special as one might expect a title track to be.
‘No Son of Mine’, the final single on the album, holds a heavy guitar sound. Foo Fighters have established their love of drums that drive most of their music, but this track lets the guitars have their shining moment. The guitars get a second call in ‘Holding the Poison Down’. The riffs meet and mix with the drums to create a very classic feeling rock sound without sounding dated.
‘Chasing Birds’ is a softer, slower song that is all about trying to do and be good but falling victim to the temptations in life with the best intentions. The song’s lyrics and instrumentals convey that idea perfectly.
Medicine At Midnight closes out with an anti-love song: ‘Love Dies Young’. The lyrics of hopelessness are met with instrumentals that are a bit more hopeful. This album is not crucial because it is new and different or even groundbreaking. This album is important because it proves after 27 years and ten albums Foo Fighters still has a firm grip on the talent that makes them rock n roll legends.