Those searching for veiled Nirvana / Courtney Love references will no doubt unearth them (or unearth what seem like veiled references), while longtime fans can relax in the knowledge that a seasoned pro like Grohl knows better than to meddle with a truly winning formula. True, there's a certain sameness to the spiky, percussive bursts of punk-pop tabled by the Foo Fighters. Yet it's pretty hard to fault players as palpably enthusiastic as Dave Grohl and his gang. --Kim Hughes
(Note that the track order that Amazon lists is incorrect. What I have listed below is the actual order of the songs)
The CD starts out as good as any CD possibly can: All My Life, Low, Have it All, and Times Like These are all A+ songs and make for an extremely exciting introduction when put together. However, the album takes a massive nosedive after this. Disenchanted Lullabye is by no means a bad song, but after the glory of Times Like These it feels like a massive letdown. And Tired, which comes next, annoys me to no end. The song is built on tension, that continually rises but never bursts (think Nirvana's Lithium without the fast chorus). The song goes and goes but never gets anywhere, and is ultimately a wasted effort.
However, the CD becomes amazing again with Halo. What a glorious song, one of the most beautiful I have ever heard. Lonely as You is rather experimental sounding but works well, and Overdrive is a great song to just rock out to. After Overdrive, however, Burn Away just seems superflous: Overdrive feels like a great 2nd to last song, and the CD should conclude right after it with Come Back (typical Foo ending, has fast and slow elements and ends on a very high note).
Overall, great CD with the exceptions of Lullabye, Tired, and Burn. These songs are all inserted at very innapropriate moments in the CD and break up an otherwise perfect flow of excellent songs. Check out this CD anyways, though, as it is the best overall CD that The Foo Fighters have done, and any fan of them will not at all be disappointed.
These songs get under your skin, like other Foo Fighters songs of past albums. In their punk drum bursts stattaco, pop song craft manages to seep through on almost every song. "All My Life," opens this disk with a bang driving hammershot reckless. A song of this intensity is rare. It's a must for driving in to work and headbanging behind the wheel as fellow commuters stare. The chorus soars pop rock and then later in the song, Grohl growls done, done, and I'm on to the next one, done, I'm done, I'm on to the next...and then out and out screams in punk fury, "DONE, DONE, and I'm on to the next." It's a cathartic wind machine blowing Night Ranger kinda moment.
Some of the FF's music could benefit from a less frontal assault drumming approach...it broaches on sameness. But that is but a small detractor when the album reaches track 6, "Tired of You." This is where Grohl's musical gift shines through. A minor tinged blues downplayed gem, Grohl pines, "Shame on me for the ruse/shame on me for the blues/another return that I'll never use/I won't go getting tired of you," Clues the bluesy boozey sustained hum of wailing guitars and you have one heck of a song.
This one's best played on drive, humming the optimistic lyrics of the hits, "It's times like these you learn to live again/It's times like these you give and give again/It's times like these you learn to love again/It's times like these time and time again." Hallelujah brother Dave!!