Its amazing how our music styles change. When I was an early teen, I actually liked this band's firs recording. Their third single, Long Long Way From Home was a fabulous tune to my ears.
However, as my ears matured I discovered that each song by this band had nearly th same formula. Two cheaply written verses and hard edgy guitar solo with little passion and singer Lou Gramm singing the repetitve chorus over and over again. Example: Your as Cold As Ice....Cold as Cold as ice. It soon left me very cold. Little instrumental prowess except for the session sax man.
Foriegner relseased several recordings up thru the 80's and they were spotty at best. Today in the year 2010, there are a few songs I like by the band, most notably Long Long Way From Home. I still appreciate the synthesizer effect with the guitar riffs plus the saxaphone captures my ears. Midnight Blue, Blue Morning Blue Day and I Want To Know What Love Is are pretty memorable as well. However the overall sound from song to song just leaves me cold.....maybe colder than ice!!!!!!
Had a string of hits, always on the radio, then faded in the 90s. I saw them recently in NYC warming up on the streets for a Good Morning America (or some such morning show) gig. Sounded great with a new front man (Lou Gramm was no where to be seen).
Even though Boston, Heart, and Styx, among others, deserve credit for inventing '70s arena rock, no band parlayed the stadium sound with such dependable know-how as Foreigner. The key to the band's suc-cess has been main man Mick Jones. A battle-scarred, hit-savvy veteran who played with the artful organ-rock outfit Spooky Tooth before founding platinum-selling Foreigner, Jones is not only a master of the hook but also a guitarist of unerring efficiency. In Foreigner's early days, former King Crimson multi-instrumentalist Ian McDonald added a touch of class, but Jones' passion for a streamlined sound meant that the band was soon reduced to a smarter, trimmer rhythm-section core.
And, of course, there's ace vocalist Lou Gramm. Not quite a stylist on the order of Bad Company's Paul Rodgers, Gramm is still one of the finest singers in all of pop metal. Gramm's gift lay in roughening up Jones' shimmering grooves; Gramm brought an R&B, almost bluesy style to bear on the band's rockers, and in time, he became the Pavarotti of the power ballad.
Foreigner's catalogue of car-stereo hits is nearly unrivaled: "Feels Like the First Time," "Cold as Ice" (Foreigner); "Hotblooded" (Double Vision); "Dirty White Boy" (Head Games); "Waiting for a Girl Like You" (4). The canny Jones kept the sound fresh by working with different producers on each album and supplying the perfect surprising flourish ...