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Foo Fighters have confirmed that the making of their upcoming eighth album--due out this fall on Roswell/RCA--will be accompanied by an as yet untitled HBO series documenting the eight-city odyssey during which the record was created.

In the series, directed by FF founder Dave Grohl, the Foo Fighters tap into the musical heritage and cultural fabric of eight cities--Chicago, Austin, Nashville, Los Angeles, Seattle, New Orleans, Washington, DC and New York--basing themselves at a legendary studios integral to the unique history and character of each location.

One song was recorded in each city, every song featuring local legends sitting in, and every lyric written in an unprecedented experimental style: Dave held off on putting down words until the last day of each session, so as to be inspired by the experiences, interviews and personalities that became part of the process.

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  • Audio CD (November 10, 2014)
  • Original Release Date: 2014
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B00MIA0L9U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (697 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #193 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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52 of 62 people found the following review helpful By E. Binder on November 14, 2014
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No, this is not Wasting Light. I'm glad it isn't because it shouldn't be.

Upon first listen, my first thought on every track was "wow this is different, thank God." As much as I love Foo Fighters, I have been growing tired of the homogenous rut they have been in since One by One. While there have been a few songs that have been exceptions to that, over all it felt like Dave just hit auto-pilot for the last few albums and called it a day.

Enter Sonic Highways.

I have been a huge fan of this bands early material (everything before There is Nothing Left to Lose) since 1997, and this is the first time since The Colour and the Shape came out where I feel like Foo Fighters put out an entire album that has genuine inspiration behind it. This album feels real.

Those of you looking for the predictable 3-minute-long Foo Fighters single that you've grown accustomed to, keep looking. You won't find it on Sonic Highways.

Instead, you'll find arguably the most progressive album this band has released that sounds both familiar but brand new at the same time. Whether you're headbanging to the modern hard rock outro of "Something From Nothing", driving through the countryside with the southern rocker "Congregation", staring out the window at a gloomy, rainy day with the indie/shoe-gaze sounding "Subterranean", or dusting off your record player to jam out to the classic rock sounding "Outside" you can be sure this album will keep you engaged.

I've long wondered what happened to that 'spark' that can't be explained that was present on the band's first two albums.
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46 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Liquid Frost™ TOP 500 REVIEWER on November 10, 2014
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UPDATE 11.16.14: To each their own, but I don't understand all the hate for this album. Maybe it won't reach out and grab you like some previous releases, but spending some time with it - it is pretty damn good. My 5yr old son is already a fan of FF and watching him dance around to this album - I call it gold. Hell, I'm starting to like The Feast and The Famine, which was at the bottom of my list.

Buy it. Here or elsewhere. CD. Vinyl. MP3. This is a fun album with some front-runner hits yet more to experience with subsequent listening.

Sonic Highways is the Foo Fighters' eighth studio release. There are enough variances in this album (as well as previous releases) that even if you don't like the entire album, there is something for most everyone. For this release, if by chance you missed being inundated by all the promotion, news, etc., the Foos travel to eight US cities to record one song in eight different studios. Butch Vig (Garbage) is behind the board again.

My top three at this specific moment in time are: What Did I Do?/God As My Witness, Something From Nothing, and Congregation.

A little Skynyrd, a little old Foo's, and some dramatic change-ups in the song have coalesced into a rather fun song. "What Did I Do?/God As My Witness" is a comfortable, yet fresh medium-rock song. Gary Clark, Jr. joins in Austin, Texas for the recording at KLRU-TV studio 6A. "Congregation" doesn't have the complexity of "Something from Nothing," and is straight-up rock with a little bit of Nashville; featuring Zac Brown. There is a nice transition around 3.20 and it comes back strong. Something From Nothing (Chicago): Features Rami Jaffee and Rick Nielsen.
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76 of 96 people found the following review helpful By S. Jones on November 12, 2014
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I love Foo Fighters and love Dave Grohl. I think they are one of the last great rock bands left and they put on a hell of a live show with tons of sign along anthems. I have to admit I was not expecting a ton out of this album when we started to get word of the concept. 8 songs recorded in 8 cities with lyrics that are made up of quotes from musicians that Dave interviewed in that city.

I sort of got what I expected. It has great music although a little safe. The lyrics are just OK. What is missing is the mood. FF songs usually have a lot of angst, anger, frustration, whatever you want to call it that most of us can relate to. FF songs have big choruses that make you want to sing along. None of this is plentiful on this release. It isn't missing, just not plentiful.

I keep wondering if I had HBO and was watching the documentary of the same name - Sonic Highways - that I might have a finer appreciation for the songs themselves. But I don't have HBO so I have to wait until you can buy the DVDs or stream or download.

With that said I am still a big FF fan and will continue to support them, will happily see them on tour. This was a lofty project and I give them props for aiming high and doing something different. Hardcore fans will buy this and either love it or at least, like me, take it for an OK FF record. Casual fans I am not so sure.

I seem to enjoy this CD best while chilling out playing a game or reading a book or browsing the net. I've tried to listen with headphones, cranked up in the car and tried to get into it without a huge amount of luck.

After a few days with it, these are the standout songs for me - all the songs have their moments - but these seem best as a whole:
- Something from Nothing
- Feast and the Famine
- Outside
- In the Clear

Give it a go - just keep your regular Foo Fighters expectations in check. Then go buy a ticket to the tour - it will be worth it.
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Why does everyone on here just assume that longer = better? I don't know how old all of you are, but before the invention of the compact disc, pretty much ALL albums (excepting double albums and such) were in the 40-44 minute range (or shorter), owing to the space limitations of vinyl. Just... Read More
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Consider that these buildings are a collection of famous buildings/landmarks from the 8 cities where the 8 tracks on their 8th album were recorded.
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AutoRip added today...
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My guess is that all of these cities had some connection or special significance to the band. Grohl is from Washington DC, and Seattle obviously played a big part in his career.
Dec 8, 2014 by B. Murray |  See all 5 posts
Foo Fighters - Sonic Highways - Will it be "autorip" when released?? patient, yo.
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