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The Pretender (Single)

The Pretender by Foo Fighters
Released: Aug 2007
Fresh off the 10th anniversary of The Colour and the Shape, the Foos release their first single from the forthcoming album, Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace. Don't be fooled by the song's lullaby beginning -- the Foos are ever the connoisseurs of fervent buildups and abrupt tempo changes. Thirty seconds in come trudging beats, brusque power riffs and Dave Grohl's ardent attempt at ripping out his own vocal chords. It's one of the Foos' most vibrant rockers to date, as well as one of their most political, hinting at hidden agendas, secrecy and ignorance.
Stephanie Benson