Dave Grohl has developed a reputation for reliability with Foo Fighters. Others may call it predictability. Unlike, say, Jack White, who typically works within a similar guitar-bass-drums format but is prone to more audacious experiments, Grohl doesn't color outside the margins all that much. That consistency gives his seven previous albums an increasingly homogenous feel.
The eighth Foo Fighters album, "Sonic Highways" (RCA), hints at something different. It was designed as a multi-media, multi-studio extravaganza: Grohl and bandmates Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett and Pat Smear recorded a song apiece in eight cities with local musicians sitting in, and ...
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