1997’s The Colour and the Shape by The Foo Fighters is often overlooked, or more often only remembered for “My Hero,” “Everlong,” and “Monkey Wrench.” But it’s got some fantastic songs on it. The intro, “Doll,” is a great little warm up. Every song from “Hey Johnny Park!” through “New Way Home” is an interesting an solitary adventure. My personal favorite, “February Stars,” is keenly emotional, as is the slow “Walking After You.” At the same time, “My Poor Brain” and “Wind Up” make for poppish, faster tunes that really can inspire excitement. On top of that, all of the singles from the album have endured the test of time well, and all remain enjoyable rock songs that do not feel like overly faded denim.
Quite the contrary: The Colour and The Shape remains The Foo Fighters’ masterpiece, despite many subsequent hits. The Colour and The Shape proved that Dave Grohl could exist in a post-Nirvana band with its own identity.