'Skin And Bones' is a live CD recorded earlier this year in Los Angeles.
Features 15 songs, and coincides with the release of the DVD of the same name.
2. Over And Out
3. Walking After You
5. My Hero
6. Next Year
7. Another Round
8. Big Me
9. Cold Day In The Sun
10. Skin And Bones
11. February Stars
12. Times Like These
13. Friend Of A Friend
14. Best Of You
Foo Fighters: Chris Shiflett, Dave Grohl, Nate Mendel, Taylor Hawkins.
Personnel: Petra Haden (vocals, mandolin, violin); Pat Smear (acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Danny Clinch (harmonica); Rami Jaffee (accordion, piano, organ, Mellotron); Drew Hester (vibraphone, percussion).
Additional personnel: Pat Smear, Petra Haden, Rami Jaffee, Drew Hester, Danny Clinch.
Audio Mixer: Nick Raskulinecz.
Recording information: Pantages Theater, Hollywood, CA (08/2006).
Recorded during Foo Fighters' 2006 acoustic tour, SKIN AND BONES finds the perennially popular alternative-rock band drawing from its decade-plus history, even going so far as to include a spare rendition of "Marigold," a tune by frontman Dave Grohl that was originally issued as a Nirvana B-side. Augmenting the group's usual guitars/bass/drums line-up are pianist/organist Rami Jaffee (the Wallflowers), violinist Petra Haden, and additional percussionist Drew Hester, who add subtle flourishes to the stripped-down renditions of revered FF tunes such as the emotive "My Hero." While this concert release (also available on DVD) inevitably showcases the more sensitive side of the typically revved-up ensemble, it also reinforces Grohl's status as one of the most sincere and committed rock performers of his generation, as best revealed on the Foos' raw, intense take on "Best of You." Though SKIN AND BONES is a must-have disc for fans, its unplugged setting makes the album inviting to newcomers not as partial to Foo Fighters' rocking sound.
Rolling Stone (p.127) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he mostly guitar-and-voice opener, 'Razor'; the plaintive, folky take on 'Big Me'; and the climactic, slow-building 'Everlong' -- illustrate how Grohl's songwriting gift moved him out of Kurt Cobain's shadow in the first place."
Q (p.141) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t adds extra dimension to familiar songs. The title track -- an obscure B-side from 2005's DOA single -- is both gently cantering and creepily off-centre."
Alternative Press (p.139) - "The sound quality is top notch and includes the appropriate audience reactions to create a great concert atmosphere."
Kerrang (Magazine) (p.56) - "[V]iolins, harmonicas and percussion twinkle in and out, adding depth, changing perspectives."
Skin and Bones is an acoustic album done right. The Foo Fighters are a rock band who have punk and grunge roots but this is very different, it is like mixing Cat Stevens with Black Sabbath. Dave Gorhl being the musical geneis he is knew which songs he could convert into acoustic masterpieces, a much needed album for your Foo Fighters collection
skin and bones is an absolutely fantastic album, no other foo fighters live album comes close to this one in my opinion. if you are a foo fighters fan then you need to make sure that you buy this album, they sound great live and the energy on here is fantastci, it feels like you're right there in the audience.
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