Review: Foo Fighters – ‘Congregation’


An anthemic track which sits well in a recognisably atypical Foo Fighters album.

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‘Congregation’ is the third track off the most recent record from rock outfit Foo Fighters; entitled Sonic Highways, this is the bands eighth studio album to date. ‘Congregation’ was recorded at Southern Ground Studios in Nashville, Tennessee and features country music singer Zac Brown with whom Dave Grohl, Foo’s frontman, had previously collaborated with on Zac Brown Band‘s extended play The Grohl Sessions, Vol. 1.

The first three minutes are every bit the gentle Foo Fighters anthem, running at mid tempo on a smooth, country-inspired road reminiscent of ‘Wheels’ from their Greatest Hits album which, as a record, set Foo Fighters firmly at the table of the gods of rock: “Open your eyes, step in the light, / A jukebox generation” Grohl screams through the chorus.

After the three minute mark, this track transforms into a high tempo, high energy blast from the recent past. The remaining two minutes are punchy, Grohl’s rusty, grungy scream stamping his signature on the track. It fits neatly into an album which, above all else, is a statement of classic rock that only Foo Fighters can effectively pull off today.

‘Congregation’ is out on March the 2nd via RCA Records.


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