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There Is Nothing

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4.0 out of 5 stars Live in Skin, Aurora...Really good stuff March 7 2004
Format:Audio CD
While I am a very big fan of the Foo Fighters, I will not be a homer to this bands every song. Sure, "Learn to Fly" got overplayed and old quickly, but there are some very "catchy" songs on this compilation. "Stacked Actors" grabs you quickly and doesn't really ever let go. Aurora has a nice spacey sound (Best song that they do live-lights, mood, whatever, if they don't play this song live...boo), and "Live in Skin" is one of those songs that you hear and at the beginning you go "is this just a filler song or something?" it turns out to be one of the better compositions that they have done. Real mellow songs like "Ain't it the Life" and "Next Year" were songs that I initially loved but they have worn on me to the point that I don't feel bad skipping them. If you like a rock c.d. that doesn't sound like AC-DC or Nickleback, these guys and this c.d. is for you...otherwise, just listen to your area rock station and get sick of the stuff that you get to hear time and time again...these guys aren't as big as Mt. Everest, so they still have that "small time" niche to them.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Solid, worth owning Dec 30 2003
Format:Audio CD
There Is Nothing Left To Lose shows a predictable turn by Dave Grohl and the Foos from poppy but still raw-ish melodic rock of the previous album, The Colour And The Shape, to more melodic and less raw radio rock. Riding the hit single "Learn To Fly," this album continued the mainstream success that "Everlong" and "Monkey Wrench" had brought the band.
That said, even though most of the music here is about as radio-friendly as you can get ("Next Year" was used as the theme song for the NBC chick comedy-drama "Ed," for crying out loud), Grohl delivers most of it with the kind of energy and sincerity that you don't often hear in this type of music.
"Stacked Actors" actually starts the album on a fairly raw note, with a heavily-distorted riff giving way to swirling, ethereal guitars behind lounge-sung lyrics. This, "Breakout," and "Learn To Fly" form a solid beginning to the album that declines in quality somewhat with "Gimme Stitches" and "Generator"--two songs that, though not bad per se, don't really hold the listener's attention, vocal distortions aside. "Aurora" is really the masterpiece of the album. A slower tune, with interesting instrumentation, and one of Grohl's better vocal performances to some of what I think are the best Foo lyrics ever ("I just kind of died for you, you just kind of stared at me.")
Throw in some more ballads and an energetic closer ("M.I.A.") and you've got a solid album that never pretends to be anything else.
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3.0 out of 5 stars middle of the road record Sept. 29 2003
Format:Audio CD
i agree that this is not a bad album but it is far from good as well. (i also agree that i dont think Dave and co. could make a bad record) the foo fighters 2nd album, the colour and the shape was a great record filled with enough melody and yet plenty (and i mean PLENTY) of raw edges and emotion to make it a masterpiece.
the foo's third outing , there is nothing left to lose has way too much sweetness in sound. there is not enough raw edges. the opener (called stacked actors) sounds like something from hell with that great groove that kicks off the album. (it also sounds like something kurdt cobain migh thave used via in utero)
but there are few songs like it. the album is far too overproduced and ends up being such a disappointment for me but that does not mean it is a bad album. songs like next year and M.I.A really hit a nerve with me. they are so beautiful and dave has one of the best voices in rock, if you ask me. for me i prefer the anger and emotion and utter rawness(both in music and lyrics) of the colour and the shape. the raw emotion that bleeds through is so wondeful and that, to me, is what is missing on this album. there has to be a blend of sweet and sour and this album has too much of the former and not enough of the latter.
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4.0 out of 5 stars That's More Like It July 3 2003
Format:Audio CD
There Is Nothing Left To Lose is an impressive outing from a band that in my opinion has always put out good singles, but just average cds. That theory is inverted on this cd. I'm not a big fan of Learn to Fly, but the album as a whole is great. Stacked Actors is an interesting song that can be taken on various different levels. Breakout is a solid rock song. Learn to fly is ok. Gimme Stiches is an another alright rocker. Generator is cool, but still nothing special. Aurora is beautiful, I like this song a lot. Tied with Ain't It The Life for best song. Live-in Skin, certainly not much coming after a song as good as Aurora. Next Year is a fun track. Headwires is fun as well. Ain't It The Life is awesome. Great guitar, just a great song all around. M.I.A. Good Closer. Sure my brief chronicle of each song doesn't sound all that enthusing, but the record as a whole is very good, and Aurora and Ain't It The Life definately make it worthwhile. Give this a whirl, it's the best Foo Fighters cd.
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3.0 out of 5 stars not too good, not too bad May 13 2003
Format:Audio CD
Now don't get me wrong, I like this cd, and I love the Foo Fighters, but I just can't understand how people keep giving this 5 stars. It just doesn't deserve it.
STACKED ACTORS - (7/10) the first time I heard this song I thought it was terrible, and I refused to listen to it for weeks. Now I think it's one of the best on the album, a great opening riff, and I can't stop singing the chorus.
BREAKOUT - (9/10) this ranks probably in my top 3 favorite Foo's songs, I can't get over how good this is.
LEARN TO FLY - (8/10) I liked this song a lot when I first heard it, but it is overplayed, and it should rock out more, instead of being so mellow. note - it is much better live
GIMMIE STITCHES - (7/10) different from most Foo's stuff, the lyrics kind of grossed me out at first hearing them, but the song is ok.
GENERATOR - (4/10) no matter how much people talk about how great this song is, I can never get into it. Too mellow, and I don't like the melody.
AURORA - (6/10) the first real ballad on the cd, but there are much better ones later. Aurora also lasts way too long to be good.
LIVE-IN SKIN - (2/10) no matter how many times I listen to this cd, I simply can not remember this song. For me, that qualify's as horrible. The point is to write songs that people will remember. 100% Filler.
NEXT YEAR - (7/10) I love this song, it is a great ballad, and it is beautiful, BUT the one problem is it goes on for WAY WAY to long, saying "i'll be coming home next year" and it gets very boring.
HEADWIRES - (2/10) another song that I can't remember.
AIN'T IT THE LIFE - (2/10) see above
M.I.A. - (8/10) this song is great, it is slow, and the melody is great, I couldn't stop humming the "you won't find me, I'm going M.I.A." for weeks.
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