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During the last dark days of Nirvana in 1994, tapes of Dave Grohl’s solo demos circulated among alt rock royalty — Greg Dulli commented positively about them in more than one place — but it never seemed that these home-made tapes would be the origin of one of the biggest modern rock bands of the post-grunge era. As it turns out, ... Read more in Amazon's Foo Fighters Store

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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 (297 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28 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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36 of 38 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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3 of 3 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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3 of 3 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 16 Jan. 2015
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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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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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By Grizzly on 24 Dec. 2014
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The latest great album from one of my favourite bands. At first I didn't get all the hype over the eight 'movie episodes' until I watched them, then understood. Each track was recorded in a seminal studio in a different town/city across the US, giving an individual sound and feeling to them all. The lyrics were added during the recording using facts, local history and memoirs of people interviewed. Ground breaking stuff, yet the album keeps regular Foo fans happy with the quality they expect. Cannot recommend this enough and while you wait for the cd to arrive in the post you can download the tracks to start playing them immediately - brilliant, what more can a I say?
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J Chapman on 11 Nov. 2014
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I'm a huge Foo Fighters fan, and have spent the best part of the last 20 years building up a huge collection of their music - so to say I was excited by the prospect of this album is somewhat of an understatement.

In short, it's a typical Foo Fighters album. There's nothing revolutionary here, and if you didn't know it you would be hard pressed to tell that it was recorded in 8 different cities, with their influences in each song.

But that's not a bad thing, the Foo's know how to make good, crowd pleasing music, and you can imagine pretty much all of the tracks on this album (with, IMO, the exception of Subterranean - which I just plain do not like) being banged out at gigs and festivals. Places where the Foo's excel.

Stand out songs for me are "Something From Nothing", the exceptional "Congregation" and the sweeping "I Am A River" (which is destined to be a first set closer) - but I do wish there was more, as 8 songs seems pretty stingy.

Overall though, if you like Foo Fighter, you're going to like this
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