In 1997 the Foo Fighters released 'The Colour and The Shape', the record considered by many to be their best. In the intervening decade there has been much superb music and an ever-expanding fanbase, but it remains the collection you would steer newcomers to.
After the disappointment of 2005's half-loud, half-acoustic double 'In Your Honour' - the expectation was that it would be Dave Grohl & Co's 'Physical Graffiti', the reality was far more run-of-the-mill - Foo Fighters reunited with 'Colour...'s producer Gil Norton, and so rose the expectation that the quartet now had something to rival their best.
Working off a more compact 'In Your Honour' template, Grohl is still hung up on being as good at the rock as the mellow, but it is on the former that 'Echoes...' works best - even if you know what to expect by this stage.
In 'The Pretender', 'Erase/Replace' and 'Home' he shows once again what his band are the masters of; when the music gets more subtle it's not as affecting.
'Stranger Things Have Happened', 'Ballad of Beaconsfield Miners', 'Statues' and 'Home', all show a songwriter intent on being remembered for more than bluster, yet none are as moving as the beautiful 'Walking After You' from 'The Colour and The Shape'.
This is a good album with a few songs destined to become live favourites. However it won't be the first Foo Fighters' one you reach for in the future.