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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 (515 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 871 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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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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I bought this album after watching the first episode of the TV series, which I loved. I had a quicky listen on Spotify and immediately had to have this excellent collection on CD so that I could listen to it properly (MP3ers you don't know what you're(literally) missing).
I've never been a fan of the Foo Fighters before this. Not because I didn't like them, I just seemed to have missed them somehow, but on the evidence of this album I'm happy to start discovering them.
I absolutely love this. What Did I Do/God As My Witness, Something From Nothing and Congregation are the stand out tracks for me and I Am A River is the perfect closing- I do like it when the sequencing of an album has obviously been subject to some thought.Beautifully produced and superbly played this is Rock and Roll like I like it.
I'm looking forward to the TV series becoming available to buy, it's the perfect accompaniment to this CD.
I think I'll go and give it its 20th play this week now!
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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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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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This is not the best Foo Fighters album but a good collection of tracks. If you also watched the BBC4 series tracking the making of this CD you will appreciate the tracks that little bit more. The programmes showed how each track was put together and what specific influences where present during the making. There is a lot of history in these songs with some great collaberations/guest appearances. Good stuff
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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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