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In Your Honor

In Your Honor is the fifth album by the rock band Foo Fighters, released on June 14, 2005. It is the band's second best selling album behind 1997's The Colour and the Shape. It consists of two discs. All of the tracks on the second disc are acoustic.

Development

Much of the album's theme and content came after Grohl spent time on the campaign trail with John Kerry during the 2004 presidential election. "We'd pull in to small towns, and thousands of people would come to be rescued by this man," said Grohl. "It's not a political record, but what I saw inspired me.

Dave Grohl has stated that the song "Friend of a Friend" was written about himself and his former Nirvana bandmates Kurt Cobain and Krist Novoselic during the time they shared an apartment together in 1990. Contrary to the sombre tone of the song, it was written before Cobain's death in 1994.

In Your Honor features a number of special guests on its second, mellower disc, such as, for example, Norah Jones, John Paul Jones (of Led Zeppelin fame) and Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age. Dave Grohl has described John Paul Jones' guest appearance as the "second greatest thing to happen to me in my life."

On an episode of Making the Video on MTV, for the single "Best of You", Grohl said that he hopes that the Foo Fighters are most remembered for this album.

Release

There is also a special edition DualDisc set that contains a "making of" documentary, and the second disc in 5.1 surround sound.

In the U.S., the MediaMax CD-3 copy protection system is used. This copy protection only appears on the standard CD version of the album, but not on the DualDisc version.

Reception

Described by leader Dave Grohl as the "ultimate" Foo Fighters album, In Your Honor was generally met with receptive reviews. It entered the U.S. and UK charts at #2 behind Coldplay's X&Y (the worldwide best selling album of 2005) with the strongest initial sales of their entire career thus far. In Your Honor sold 310,500 copies in its first week of release in the U.S. and as of October 2006 stands at 1,261,000 units sold.

This album was the third Foo Fighters album to have a song reach the top of the Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart, and the first to top the chart with two songs, "Best of You" and "DOA". The band's sixth studio album Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace achieved the feat as well with three songs to top the chart, "The Pretender," "Long Road to Ruin," and "Let it Die."

Track listing

All songs written by Foo Fighters, except as indicated.

Disc one

  1. "In Your Honor" – 3:50
  2. "No Way Back" – 3:17
  3. "Best of You" – 4:16
  4. "DOA" – 4:12
  5. "Hell" – 1:57
  6. "The Last Song" – 3:19
  7. "Free Me" – 4:39
  8. "Resolve" – 4:49
  9. "The Deepest Blues Are Black" – 3:58
  10. "End Over End" – 5:56

UK/vinyl bonus track

  1. "The Sign" – 4:01

Disc two

  1. "Still" – 5:15
  2. "What If I Do?" – 5:02
  3. "Miracle" – 3:29
  4. "Another Round" – 4:25
  5. "Friend of a Friend" (Dave Grohl) – 3:13
  6. "Over and Out" – 5:16
  7. "On the Mend" – 4:31
  8. "Virginia Moon" – 3:49
  9. "Cold Day in the Sun" – 3:20
  10. "Razor" (Dave Grohl) – 4:53

Personnel

Band line-up during recording

Additional musicians

Production

Artwork

  • Dan Winters – photography
  • Danny Clinch – photography
  • Brett Kilroe – additional art and "Crest" concept
  • Robin C. Hendrickson – additional art and "Crest" concept
  • Kevin Reagan – art direction
  • Kevin Reagan – design
  • Bret Healey – design

Album charts

Year Chart Position
2005 Australian Albums Chart 1
2005 Austrian Album Charts 5
2005 Belgium Albums Chart 3
2005 Brazil Albums Chart 37
2005 Canadian Albums Chart 3
2005 Czech Republic Albums Chart 34
2005 Denmark Albums Chart 5
2005 Finland Albums Chart 1
2005 French Albums Chart 21
2005 German Albums Chart 4
2005 Greece Albums Chart 19
2005 Holland Albums Chart 5
2005 Irish Albums Chart 2
2005 Italian Albums Chart 20
2005 New Zealand Albums Chart 1
2005 Norway Albums Chart 2
2005 Portugal Albums Chart 20
2005 Spanish Albums Chart 31
2005 Sweden Albums Chart 1
2005 Switzerland Albums Chart 7
2005 U.S. Billboard Top 200 2
2005 UK Albums Chart 2
2007 UK Rock Albums Chart 1

Charting singles

Year Single Chart Position
2005 "Best of You" Official UK Singles Chart 4
2005 "Best of You" Official Australian Singles Chart 5
2005 "Best of You" U.S. Modern Rock Tracks 1
2005 "Best of You" U.S. Mainstream Rock Tracks 1
2005 "Best of You" Billboard Hot 100 (U.S.) 18
2005 "Best of You" Official Irish Singles Chart 20
2005 "Best of You" Official Italian Singles Chart 36
2005 "Best of You" Official New Zealand Singles Chart 38
2005 "Best of You" Official Sweden Singles Chart 41
2005 "Best of You" Official Holland Singles Chart 94
2005 "DOA" Official UK Singles Chart 25
2005 "DOA" U.S. Modern Rock Tracks 1
2005 "DOA" U.S. Mainstream Rock Tracks 6
2005 "DOA" Official Australian Singles Chart 39
2005 "DOA" Official Irish Singles Chart 40
2005 "DOA" Official Holland Singles Chart 33
2005 "DOA" Official New Zealand Singles Chart 34
2005 "DOA" Billboard Hot 100 (U.S.) 68
2005 "DOA" Official Holland Singles Chart 86
2005 "Resolve" BBC Radio 1 Chart 2
2006 "Resolve" Official UK Singles Chart 32
2006 "Resolve" Official New Zealand Singles Chart 39
2006 "Resolve" Official Holland Singles Chart 82
2006 "No Way Back" U.S. Modern Rock 2
2006 "No Way Back" U.S. Mainstream Rock Tracks 6
2006 "No Way Back"/"Cold Day in the Sun" Official UK Singles Chart 64

Grammy nominations

Although it was the band's first album since The Colour and the Shape to not receive a Grammy, it got the most nominations, with 5. (Which has since been tied by the album's successor, Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace. However, it won two of the Grammys it was nominated for, Best Rock Album and Best Hard Rock Performance for "The Pretender".)

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