Foo Fighters, ‘Concrete and Gold’


Aidin Vaziri | You can depend on the Foo Fighters. Dave Grohl’s band has pretty much been there since the dawn of the dinosaurs (or the dissolution of Nirvana), cranking out meat-and-potatoes rock anthems to be played in arenas and stadiums at maximum volume. The group has a way of making peers like Red Hot Chili Peppers and Green Day sound risque, yet there’s nothing inherently wrong with its output — some of its songs you wouldn’t even mind hearing twice. For “Concrete and Gold,” the band recruited producer Greg Kurstin, who produced and co-wrote Adele’s “Hello,” as well as guests as diverse as Justin Timberlake and Paul McCartney. But the net result is the same as always: hammering riffs, crashing rhythms and Grohl howling through tracks like “Run” and “La Dee Da” not so much with angst but an interminable sense of duty.