5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
An astoundingly great rock album,
This review is from: One by One (Audio CD)
I was never a Nirvana fan (as they and the whole grunge movement snuffed out my '80s metal and melodic rock favs), but I have always enjoyed the Foo Fighters. While some considered their last album a bit soft, I still found it a fantastic album. That being said, I did have to wonder how rocking future efforts by this band would be at the time. Often, when bands start to get soft they will continue along that path. Suffice it to say, that did not happen with the Foo Fighters on this exceptional album.
From the opening riff of the first track and single "All My Life", you can tell that this is going to be a rocking ride. The pace does not let up at all with "Low" and "Have It All". Then comes the mid-tempo but still-rocking track "Times Like These"--the second single. I agree with reviewers who state that this track should become a classic. "Disechanted Lullaby" picks up the heavier pace again before the only true slow track of the album.
"Tired Of You" is what I would call the one ballad on the album. Great track that is still not as slow as a couple of tracks on the previous album. "Halo", a mid-tempo track, then follows before the Foos totally rock out on "Lonely As You". "Overdrive" is a kind of mid-temp track again before the rocker "Burn Away" and epic, rocking anthem "Come Back"--a phenominal track that just builds and builds to an amazing cresendo to close out this remarkable album. The DVD included is also a nice add-on to an already-great collection.
The first time I listened to this album, I marvelled at its "live" feel and sonic quality. To this day, the album still blows me away. For a modern rock album, it just doesn't get much better than this.
The naysayers to this album, in my estimation, have one of two issues: (1) They hate any music that sounds remotely mainstream, and/or (2) they actually believe that Nirvana and Kurt Cobain were the pinacle of rock music history, the best there ever was or will be. For rock music fans like me, who enjoy various rock music from a good four decades, this one is a high quality entry for the decade we are in. Highly recommended.