THE PAST year has seen the incessant use in the UK of the word hygge. This tired, insipid Danish word isn’t directly translatable but loosely means cosiness, warmth, and contentment.
But bid hygge farewell. Apparently, 2018 is the year of lagom, another stale Nordic word (Swedish this time) approximately meaning ‘just right’. Getting ahead of the lagom trend are the Foo Fighters.
What’s on offer in their ninth studio album, “Concrete and Gold” is predictable, albeit satisfying. Rock-licks merge with slick production, thanks to producer Greg Kurstin (Adele, Katy Perry, Lily Allen, Beck), giving a nuanced, polished sound.
Tracks like “Run” and “Happy Ever After (Zero Hour)” are memorable. Others such as “Arrows” and the title track itself accurately represent the sound of songwriter fatigue.
Goldilocks’ porridge that is neither too hot nor too cold is lagom. A takeaway curry that’s reliably flavoursome, yet somehow pleasantly unsurprisingly, is lagom too.Concrete and Gold? Lagom.