AOTY 2019

Concrete and Gold

Foo Fighters - Concrete and Gold
Critic Score
Based on 26 reviews
2017 Ratings: #578 / 725
User Score
Based on 174 ratings
2017 Ratings: #681
September 15, 2017 / Release Date
LP / Format
Roswell, RCA / Label
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Spill Magazine

I am certain that Concrete And Gold exceeds all the surrounding hype to deliver a collection of eleven songs that stand amongst the band’s strongest records.

A.V. Club

On Concrete And Gold, Grohl and the Foos rework rock history into an album that pays homage to, and uses their love for, the late greats to reinvigorate the band. It’s an album for rock fans and rock stars: The Foo Fighters rank among the best of both.

Kicking off the ninth Foo Fighters album with one minute and 22 seconds of Queen-worthy bombast, the glistening sonic flare that is ‘T-Shirt’ sets the tone for a blistering, high-gloss ‘Concrete and Gold’, a record that features some of the band’s most vital and impressive tracks in years.

In conception and execution, Concrete And Gold stands as Foo Fighters’ most beguiling record to date. There is much to admire here as they grind rock and pop’s tectonic plates together in a deliberate gamble to widen their sound.


Concrete and Gold is easily the finest album of the Foo Fighters’ 20-plus year recording career, an artistic breakthrough that hopefully marks the start of an exciting new era in the band’s continued musical odyssey.


Throughout their ninth album, the Foo Fighters juke and pivot between genres at a dizzying pace. Leaning heavily on stoner and psych rock and prog metal, with a splash of classic rock as well, this ambitious fusion of sound—as weird as it may seem—makes Concrete and Gold a welcome deviation from the reliable radio songs.

Like so many Foo Fighters albums, then, Grohl and co don’t quite manage to land an effort as consistently punchy as its best moments but far more of ‘Concrete And Gold’s ideas land than was so on ‘Sonic Highways’; and although the album doesn’t rank alongside the group’s strongest efforts, it’s significantly more accomplished than their weakest.

After remaining stagnant for so long, Concrete and Gold is a mini breakthrough for the Foo Fighters. Progress, at last.


Foo Fighters show that they're in love with light and shade, fury and quiet, every twist and turn they can make with their instruments, and even if Concrete and Gold isn't about much more than that, it's refreshing to hear the Foos embrace Grohl's allegiance to real rock values to the logical flashing conclusion.

Rolling Stone

Musically and emotionally, Concrete and Gold is their most balanced record yet.

The Line of Best Fit

Grohl wanted this to be the “biggest sounding Foo Fighters record ever”. But after a run of albums that could really be interchangeable with each other, what really sets Concrete and Gold aside from the rest is that you don’t feel this one has been written with stadiums specifically in mind.

Consequence of Sound

This is unquestionably Grohl’s best-sequenced album since The Colour and the Shape, with a sum of parts that doesn’t just improve the parts but actually feels like these songs need this album.


There are boring Foo Fighters albums and pretty good ones; C&G is a pretty good one, and in two years there will probably be another.

Under The Radar
Subsequent listens may not wholly break new ground, but once it settles the textures of a solid, workmanlike rock and roll album reveal themselves.
The Independent
For this latest album, Foo Fighters rang the changes by drafting in pop producer Greg Kurstin ... It’s not a natural fit, and one suspects the stridency and bluster conceals a lack of purpose
The Guardian
It’s an album that won’t frighten the horses, but provides enough fresh interest to keep the band ticking over: for the Foo Fighters, you suspect, that means mission accomplished.
Foo Fighters’ ninth is ... more interesting than one might’ve expected.
The Telegraph

Concrete and Gold is an ambitious and entertaining album. But when it comes to a comparison with Sergeant Pepper, it doesn’t earn its stripes.

While there’s nothing that will diminish their legacy or standing in rock music, there’s very little material that pushes the band forward either.
The Needle Drop

Post-grunge veterans Foo Fighters drop a raw but spotty album with Concrete and Gold.


There are slight variations, sure, but for the most part of Concrete and Gold, it's the same anthemic, meat 'n' potatoes arena rock we've come to expect; a little more punk or metal aggression here, a little more acoustic balladry there, but the mould is the same.


It’s difficult to locate just when Foo Fighters became Grohl’s vehicle for radio rock nostalgia, but Concrete & Gold certainly represents its nadir.

Drowned in Sound

In the end, it’s the lack of direction that’s fatal for Concrete and Gold; at least the last three records, scored through with problems as they were, had a sense of what was driving them, even if it was something as superficial as Sonic Highways’ city-hopping.

Kind of a boring and generic release, Concrete and Gold feels like a disappointing mess.

Best Track: Run
Worst Track: Sunday Rain
There is a sense that musically Foo Fighters wanted to change things up here. There are more bluesy/garage-y and even psychedelic elements, even to the point that one might think that Jack White snuck into the studio to assist in the instrumentation on a few of these tracks. It feels more like a straight up rock n' roll release rather than the same generic sound they had accustomed to over the last few decades.

The problem is, however, the sound just doesn't work.

Well, maybe the sound has ... read more
No se puede esperar mucho de foo fighters a estas alturas, pero no es más que relleno en todo el repertorio de rock moderno, no aporta mucho mas que algunos ritmos poco convencionales, que igualmente puedes encontrar en otros discos de manera mejor desarrollada
I love Dave Grohl. But let's be real, we've all heard this album several times already in various forms.
It's a good album. It's a painfully good album. Grohl and the lads blue-ball listeners with some of the most creative sounds this band have developed in their entire career, only to fall completely flat during the latter half of the album. It's another case of the Foo Fighters creating an album that features sounds they have produced time and time and time and TIME again, and listeners are becoming increasingly unforgiving of this. Fortunately, when this album is good, it is pure rock ... read more
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Year End Lists

#3/Classic Rock Magazine
#49/Rolling Stone

Track List

  1. T-Shirt
  2. Run
  3. Make It Right
  4. The Sky Is a Neighborhood
  5. La Dee Da
  6. Dirty Water
  7. Arrows
  8. Happy Ever After (Zero Hour)
  9. Sunday Rain
  10. The Line
  11. Concrete and Gold
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