Fool For The City
Foghat Bearsville BR 6959
Released: September 1975
Chart Peak: #23
Weeks Charted: 52
Certified Platinum: 10/13/86
Having toured persistently, and with five energetic and unpretentious albums to their credit in three years, the members of Foghat have secured for their modest talents a niche as a middle-level act.
Original album advertising art. Click image for larger view.
Fool for the City, the fifth album, reveals a band keenly aware of both its strengths and limitations. They have the knack for turning a simple riff into a dense, driving number free of the excesses that so often overextend other similarly limited rock groups. Foghat fares especially well with the title song and with the Righteous Brothers' "My Babe." Lonesome Dave Perverett's howling vocals (he sounds like he's singing from the far end of an aluminum drainpipe) and the biting, dual rhythm guitars of Peverett and Rod Price give the band a cutting edge and an identifiable sound -- all given a boost in the studio by longtime producer/engineer Nick Jameson who recently joined the group on bass and keyboards. Foghat's music is so sturdy, succinct and infectious that one wonders why they haven't attained the prominence of, say, BTO or the Doobie Brothers. This band may well be only a single away -- and "Fool for the City" may well be that single.
- Bud Scoppa, Rolling Stone, 12/4/75.
Fool For the City is Foghat's best album and houses hits in the funk-rocker "Slow Ride" and the driving title track. * * *
- Gary Graff, Musichound Rock: The Essential Album Guide, 1996.