Foo Fighters have unleashed their tenth studio album, Medicine at Midnight.
As teased by the band in the lead-up to its release, Medicine at Midnight takes its place as the “party album” in Foo Fighters’ extensive discography—but it also contests their 2005 double album In Your Honor for the title of being the band’s most diverse collection of songs.
While In Your Honor offers a suite of grungy moments and acoustic tracks, Medicine at Midnight flirts with almost all of the dominant genres over the last 50 years. After the funky “Shame Shame,” Foo Fighters dig into groove rock with “Making a Fire.” “Cloudspotter” evokes Guns N’ Roses, while the thrashy “No Son of Mine” was intended as an homage to Lemmy Kilmister from Motörhead. There are even choruses in the vein of glam rock luminaries like Queen.
In a recent interview with NME, Dave Grohl said the adventurousness of Medicine at Midnight marks it as an album the Foo Fighters could not have made before this point. “If this record came around any earlier in our career, it wouldn’t have felt right,” he said. “All of these sounds are rooted in things we’ve done before, but we’ve never taken it this far.”
Listen to Medicine at Midnight below: