1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Melodious and highly recommended, 3 1/2,
This review is from: There Is Nothing Left to Lose (Audio CD)
These guys are fighting foo, or, as the bands' name might suggest. But seeing this is one of the few good albums in 1999, well, around the time of this release anyway, they really were the poo fighters. That's a new persona for the band; 'we are the Poo Fighters. While every other band makes mediocre, underwhelming or just plain bad music, we keep going along steady!'
And around 1999 the FF made music that was effortlessly melodious, so much so you'd find yourself singing along to one of these ditties, while out shopping or paying bills, during the day to day of life.
And they sure proved, with the diverse array of styles here, that they weren't a bunch of numb-skulls who just blew up amps, not that we don't like numb-skulls who just blow up amps! (We Love 'em!) But The Foo were something more 'sophisticated', perhaps, without explicitly saying it, more 'significant'. Even if they're really just a bunch of numb-skulls who blow up amps.
Well, they can rock like the best (Stacked Actors, Gimme Stitches), write pop rock with wonderful melodies (Generator, MIA, Next Year) or throw up surprises (Ain't it the life).
But if you're writing a song about relaxation and sweet love, saying 'Hell Yeah' over and over doesn't always add to the mood, and it has a similar effect on a song that might be about the joys of 'intimacy' (Headwires). Otherwise, I'd see no reason for this albums getting 4 stars.
And count yourself lucky if you are in certain countries, you get 'Fraternity', a cutesy punk-pop song that makes you wonder why they robbed the poor USA of hearing it? Rating ***1/2