Now that Dave Grohl has gotten through the intense scrutinyleveled at the Foo Fighters' debut, this follow-up finds him flexing his creative muscles a little easier. Forgoing theautocratic approach of FOO FIGHTERS, THE COLOUR & SHAPE allows the other members of the band a greater amount of influence, which quickly becomes evident. The punk-pop nuggets outnumber the thrashier moments on this record. Nevertheless, Grohl's time on the D.C. hardcore scene is never far from thecreative process, whether it's the first squeals and squawks that pop up around the hooks and screaming vocals of "Hey,Johnny Park" and "My Poor Brain" or the alternating, Nirvana-like dynamics of "Enough Space". Elsewhere, the dreamy popof "Walking After You" (recorded in one take by Grohl at Washington, D.C. radio station WGNS) and "Up In Arms" rubs shoulders with the Catherine Wheelish sheets of guitar flowing through "My Hero".