Foo Fighters – ‘Medicine At Midnight’: Album Review


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You still on the Foos hype? Foo Fighters produce follow-up to 2017’s Concrete and Gold – with little ambition.

Medicine At Midnight? More like Valium at Midnight, eh?

After Concrete and Gold in 2017, many fans were dubious upon their return – and they were absolutely right to be.

What Medicine At Midnight offers, is very little. Slotted in between their pre-released singles of Waiting on a War, Shame Shame and Making A Fire, are – quite frankly, lazy – songs that muddle within one another and become a rock assortment of confusion.

To be quite frank, a lot of fans – me included – did not have massively high expectations if Shame Shame and Waiting on a War were the singles they were promoting the album for. With these singles that never really got going, we were waiting for a repeat concoction that Concrete and Gold offered to us. That’s two albums now, have the Foos lost their spark?

Now, don’t get me wrong, you can’t expect the Foos to produce the same quality year-in, year-out as we saw in The Colour and the Shape and There is Nothing Left to Lose at the start of the band’s career, but most bands in the rock world, would certainly divert from the drib and drab of what Medicine At Midnight offers.

Making A Fire is the redeeming quality that blows the cobwebs away. Having the potential for the intro song for kicking off their tours when they return, I imagine the band wanted to pick up where they left off and trail-blaze throughout the album with the same satisfaction, but it slowly spirals into an abundance of sedated album fillers that never really get going. I even listened to them over and over again, trying to find something in it, but sometimes, we create our own heartbreaks through expectation.

I guess I could say the redeeming factor is the collective back-to-back of No Son of Mine and Holding Poison that work well together, where we see a presence of old Foos somewhere from the Wasting Light era. But other than that, there is nothing to write home about.

“Hallelujah, spread the news, but don’t believe the hype”

Making A Fire, Foo Fighters

Sorry Dave, I think I’ll take your advice with this one.

7 responses to “Foo Fighters – ‘Medicine At Midnight’: Album Review”

  1. Jay Bleu avatar
    Jay Bleu

    Sounded good but didn’t hear any hits on this one. Like you said, can’t win them all

    Liked by 1 person

    1. manvmusic avatar

      Yeah absolutely, they’ve given us so many hits over the years, as well. Take this as a notch on the belt and move on. I’ll still see them live of course – thanks for stopping by Jay!

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  2. Darlene Pritchett avatar
    Darlene Pritchett

    Superb blog! Do you have any recommendations for aspiring writers? I’m planning to start my own blog soon but I’m a little lost on everything. Would you propose starting with a free platform like WordPress or go for a paid option? There are so many options out there that I’m completely overwhelmed .. Any recommendations? Thank you!


  3. brtlrocker avatar

    This post is great! I agree that Medicine at Midnight lacked the Concrete and Gold’s force. “Shame Shame” was a kind of letdown single when I first heard it!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. manvmusic avatar

      Thank you for your words. You’re spot on with that; it is certainly a let down single. Though, I’ve got to be honest – the singles from this album have certainly grown on me since this review. Not changed my opinion on the album though. We can let Grohl and the gang off though, as they’ve made so many albums in the past. It is clear that their legacy will lead them on, that’s for sure.


  4. H.G.O avatar

    I really really loved “Waiting on a War”. I even wrote a post about it, but other than that, the album was really disappointing.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. manvmusic avatar

      Yeah, I prefer “Making A Fire” – which is fittingly the first song on the track; after that, I just stop the album entirely lol. I’ll make sure to catch your post about that, though!

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