Kurt Cobain’s suicide in 1994 left the rock world in shock. To his eternal credit, Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl pulled himself together smartly to create a platform for his own considerable talents: Foo Fighters – named after the US military’s nickname for fighter planes dispatched to investigate UFO sightings.
Their eponymous debut album (1995) was a tonic for forlorn grunge-pop fans, and a splendid vehicle to display Grohl’s skills.
It was an instant success, with radio-friendly hits like This Is A Call. Stardom beckoned.
Indeed, what appears a group endeavour was actually a solo project: Grohl composed the whole album, provided vocals, bass, guitars, and drums, and recorded it in one week.
The formula of soft verse/loud dynamic chorus (a Nirvana legacy) was incorporated neatly on much of the album, especially in I’ll Stick Around and For All The Cows.
The aptly-named closer, Exhausted, leaves the listener fatigued but not bored, and certainly up for more of the same.