Day Two of My Week with the Foo Fighters and today its 'The Pretender'.
'The Pretender' was released as a single in 2007. It was the first single from their album Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace also released that year. It reached number 8 in the UK singles chart, so in that regards, one of their biggest hits.
I would say for this song to brace yourself. Its not for the fragile. It is a big stomping rock song, which fools you at the offset with a gentle melodic intro. It starts with Grohl quietly singing, with a bit of guitar and strings. Then it kicks in with a huge, big, head banging, anthemic, belting rock song with huge guitars and snarling shouty vocals. Wow.
This is an awesome song. I love how it tilts from one edge of the spectrum to the other, quiet, loud, quiet loud, gentle, hard, gentle, hard. It blew my mind on first listen, and continues to do so. Dave Grohl has the most powerful voice. It makes you wonder how he ever became a drummer sounding like that vocally.
The video is the band in a large white room with a big red screen behind them and stark bright lighting. A riot policeman stands in front of them looking like he's going to charge at them. More police arrive and as the song drops to the quiet point again they do in fact charge. The red screen explodes in a rain and the police are overpowered. The band play on, until the end. I'm not entirely sure what its all about, but it looks fab and sounds epic.
What a song this is. I had actually forgotten how utterly brilliant it is. I'm having a bad day as I write this, very grumpy before I played this (loudly) and now I feel better. Its released my angst as it were. Powerful stuff!!
So there we have it. Day two - done. Fabulous. Go take a listen and let me know if it made you feel good. Check out Day One plus loads more over at My Music page - just click here. Happy listening :)