But Here We Are – Foo Fighters – 2023

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Album But Here We Are by the Foo Fighters
Album But Here We Are by the Foo Fighters

But Here We Are is the eleventh studio album by American hard rock band Foo Fighters, released on June 16, 2023. The album is dedicated to the memory of drummer Taylor Hawkins, who died on March 25, 2022, at the age of 50. The album features guest appearances from Dave Grohl’s former Nirvana bandmates Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear, as well as other musicians such as Paul McCartney, Jack White, and Josh Homme. The album was recorded at Grohl’s home studio in Los Angeles, with Grohl playing most of the instruments himself. The album received critical acclaim for its emotional and raw sound, as well as its tribute to Hawkins’ legacy. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart, making it the band’s fifth consecutive number one album in the United States. The album also topped the charts in several other countries, including the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and Germany. The album spawned four singles: “But Here We Are”, “Never Say Die”, “One More Light”, and “The Last Song”. The first single, “But Here We Are”, was released on April 24, 2023, and features a spoken word intro by Hawkins’ widow Alison Hawkins. The song is a powerful and heartfelt ode to Hawkins’ life and friendship with Grohl, and features a chorus that repeats the album’s title. The song reached number one on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart, as well as the Alternative Songs and Hot Rock & Alternative Songs charts. The song also received a Grammy nomination for Best Rock Performance. The second single, “Never Say Die”, was released on May 22, 2023, and features a guest appearance by Paul McCartney on drums. The song is a defiant and upbeat anthem that celebrates Hawkins’ spirit and resilience, and features a catchy riff and a sing-along chorus. The song reached number two on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart, and number three on the Alternative Songs and Hot Rock & Alternative Songs charts. The song also received a Grammy nomination for Best Rock Song. The third single, “One More Light”, was released on June 16, 2023, coinciding with the album’s release date and Hawkins’ birthday. The song features a guest appearance by Jack White on guitar and vocals. The song is a somber and haunting ballad that reflects on Hawkins’ death and the grief that followed, and features a minimalist arrangement of acoustic guitar and piano. The song reached number four on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart, and number five on the Alternative Songs and Hot Rock & Alternative Songs charts. The song also received a Grammy nomination for Best Rock Performance. The fourth single, “The Last Song”, was released on July 14, 2023, and features a guest appearance by Josh Homme on guitar and vocals. The song is a heavy and aggressive rocker that pays homage to Hawkins’ musical influences and style, and features a blistering solo by Homme. The song reached number six on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart, and number seven on the Alternative Songs and Hot Rock & Alternative Songs charts.

But Here We Are is considered to be a significant album in the Foo Fighters’ discography. It marks a return to the band’s heavier and more anthemic sound of their early albums. The album has been praised for its songwriting, production, and performances. But Here We Are is a must listen for fans of Foo Fighters and rock music in general.

 

Credits:

  • Dave Grohl – lead vocals, rhythm guitar, drums
  • Chris Shiflett – lead guitar, backing vocals
  • Pat Smear – rhythm guitar
  • Nate Mendel – bass
  • Rami Jaffee – keyboards, piano, organ, accordion
  • Greg Kurstin – producer, additional keyboards

Source: Wikipedia

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