Album Review: Foo Fighters – Medicine At Midnight

Foo Fighters are back with yet another album, with their latest release being titled Medicine At Midnight. We were excited to hear what the band would come up with time around, and we weren’t disappointed! See how we got on below…

By Jane Howkins

Medicine At Midnight is Foo Fighter’s tenth release, so fans probably know what to expect by now – the songs here don’t stray too much from the typical sound of the band, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing considering how good the band are. One thing we did pick up on was just how upbeat the tracks on display here are, which seems surprising considering the events of the last 12 months (although apparently the majority of the music was written before the pandemic began.) It’s also a lot poppier than previous releases (something which the band themselves agree with), but don’t let that put you off – they’re still a rock band through and through.

Waiting For War is perhaps one of the poppiest things Foo Fighters have ever done – most of the instrumentation is performed on an acoustic guitar and the main melody has an addictive quality to it – it’s catchy, but it’s still a cracking track. The end of the song provides something more for the rockers, as the track suddenly changes into a much harder and faster rock song. It’s a good example of the songs on this album – they may sound mainstream or poppy at first, but there’s still a rock backbone there.

Our only real issue was that some of the tracks do sound a little generic at times – this is a criticism that Foo Fighters have faced before and songs like No Son Of Mine sadly sound more filler than killer to us. It’s a bit of a shame as the rest of the album shows great promise for the band, however that’s not to say that there aren’t some surprises in store though. Shame, Shame is a particularly interesting song, featuring a jazzy rhythm and a string section that works very well with the music. One of the good things about a band like Foo Fighters is that they’re so big that they have the freedom to do whatever they want with their music (within reason), and songs like this are very welcome considering the fact that they’re sometimes criticised for not being inventive enough with their music.

Medicine At Midnight is another worthwhile release from Foo Fighters, showing a band that hasn’t lost their spark yet! There are improvements to be made and this release may not change the world, but with a band like Foo Fighters, it doesn’t necessarily need to. Fans may be concerned about the pop aspects, but they’re still a rock band through and through, and we think it’s definitely a good thing that Foo Fighters are trying out new things! There’s plenty here for fans to like and we’re intrigued to hear what the band come up with next time, so we highly recommend fans check Medicine At Midnight out.