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  • Audio CD (10 Nov 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Columbia
  • ASIN: B00MIA0L9U
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (168 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Though not a soundtrack album by any stretch, Sonic Highways shares its title with the Dave Grohl-directed eight-episode HBO series described by Grohl as a love letter to the history of American music. For the album and series, Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett and Pat Smear wrote and recorded one song in each of these eight cities, delving into the local musical currents: how each region shaped these musicians in their formative years, and in turn the impact those people had on the cultural fabric of their hometowns.
All songs feature local legends sitting in, with 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 for the HBO series, and other local personalities who became part of the process.

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By MR PD on 18 Nov 2014
Format: Audio CD
I've never written a review before but felt compelled to write about Sonic Highways, if only because I want to be clear in my head what I think about this album. Kind of like getting something off your chest so you can move on...

When I first took a look at the list of songs I was disappointed at the shortage of tracks. I totted up the running time and again I was disappointed. Just like everyone else I'd waited ages for this, so where was it? Why is it so short?

So I started listening, not really knowing what to expect but I guess I still had that feeling of disappointment about me and I'm not sure if that tainted my first listen but I wasn't overly impressed. It was OK, a couple of tunes felt good but nothing to blow me away.

So I listened to it again. I actually listened to it about four times in succession (I'm one of those lucky types who can listen to music in work) and it started to work it's magic on me.

That was about a week ago and I can honestly say I have not yet got through a day without playing this album, I absolutely love it and I'm completely hooked.

All of the tracks have something different and there isn't a bad tune on the album. What is pretty cool is the way it makes you think about why they've written each song as they have, so if you are like me (a geek!) you'll be on Wikipedia doing your research.

One reason I want to write this is because I've read a lot of negative comments, not just on here but generally online, saying how it's not really an album in the image of the Foos and that it's more a soundtrack to support the HBO shows. Really? If you played me The Feast and The Famine and asked me to guess the artist it would be a no-brainer.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Mr Y on 10 Nov 2014
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After the first listen this morning I was a bit confused...thought I'd heard bits of Lynyrd Skynrd/Outlaws Tom Petty and even Robbie Williams. Nothing really grabbed me and it felt like a fairly restrained effort overall.

But I've listened again, three more times actually, and I think I can say there are at least two or three future festival pleasers in there now...Its grown on me a lot after I got rid of my expectations.

Don't dismiss it until you've listened to it properly....It'll be getting at least one more spin this evening in this place.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Simon Nicholas on 26 Nov 2014
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This is an okay album from the Foo's. Been a fan since the beginning, and thought that Wasting Light was a big step up for them, where they'd be coasting on the last 2-3 albums. Something from Nothing was a great intro to the album, but in my opinion is head and shoulders above the rest of the material. There is nothing here I don't like (which I actually couldn't say about Wasting light - Walk is a dreadful formulaic song imo), but nothing else really stands out as amazing, it's just more of the same on the whole. Expected a bit more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. Smit on 11 Dec 2014
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This album is so good, I doubt it'll leave my cd player (showing my age, I know) for the foreseeable future. Highlights include Something from Nothing (one of the most exciting tracks I've ever heard-instant favourite), Feast and the Famine, Congregation, What did I do/God as my Witness, Outside, In the clear, Subterranean and I am a river. Oh hang on, that's all of them. Ha, the whole album is one big highlight. Incredible! Play it loud! No, play it louder!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bilko on 8 Dec 2014
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Sonic Highways is a brilliant showcase of the passion and abilities of the Foo Fighters.
A mix of classic sounds with new influences, Sonic Highways is a must for all Foo fans and music lovers alike.

Would highly recommend anybody adding this to their collection!
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I found out about the release of sonic highways by foofighters through both iheartradio and a local rock radio station around the late September/early October timeframe. I then finalized my purchase of the cd around October 24 and felt like the purchase was worth it because of songs such as something from nothing, the feast and the famine, and in the clear. There is information online and on the cd jacket to support that the 8 songs represent different cities across the US where the songs were created. This group is also just as good live- I am fortunate to have had the chance to see them perform live back in November 2011. Anyhow sonic highways by foo fighters is perfect for those who are familiar with any of their previous songs and/or enjoy listening to hard rock/alternative rock music
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I find this album difficult to write a review about. I like the album a lot but I genuinely don't think it's foo fighters best album. That is not a slight on the huge amount of work that went not only into the album but the accompanying documentary series that was done alongside the album. It is a great piece of musical work and fun to listen to. If thats all you need then nothing to worry about as is the case for me. I do wonder though if the trip around America and the documentary was somewhat of a distraction for the band more than an asset. Still they were attempting to expand on the foo fighters sound by influencing themselves by the locations they chose. I could go on about this for sometime, instead I'll leave you with this summary.

It's Foo Fighters. It's great. Buy it.
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