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Foos come of age at last,
By A Customer
This review is from: One By One (Audio CD)
Having seen half of the songs on "One by One" performed live at this years Reading festival, it was with great anticipation that I awaited this new album, and the good news is, it does not dissapoint. 1997's "The Colour and the Shape" had tapped on the bands potential, but had one too many fillers in the middle, while 1999's overrated "There is nothing Left to Lose" was a better album, but somehow lacked the punch we have come to expect from Grohl and his cohorts. With their forth album "One by One", we get the best of both worlds, a riff heavy begginning which slows, then builds up to a truly awesome finish.
Its not unusual for an album from Mr. Grohl and co to start explosively, but the opening four songs on "One by One" are truly exceptional. As well as this, its the diversity of these songs that particularly impresses. All my Life, with its crunching QOTSA influenced riff youve heard already, jumps to the very moody "Low" which features some classic foo riffing, and then on to "Have It All", surely the albums biggest grower. Then comes "Times Tike These", which Grohl himself describes as the best song hes ever written, and he may not be too far off the mark. It will surely be released as a single at some stage. Then comes "Disenchanted Lullabye" & "Tired of You" (the latter featuring a great guitar cameo from Brian May). These two songs both build up nicely in classic Foo Fighters style, Lullabye has a very trippy feel, while the beautiful "Tired" is a sparse, dreamy guitar/vocal ballad(?) reminisant of "walking after you". As with every foos album, the late mid part of the record reverts to a few Foo standards, which showcase the Foos ever present pop sensibility, the pick of which is the superb "overdrive", but the band truly save the best till last with the magnificent "Come Back". On this track the band finally prove themselves as more than just riff masters with a 4 minute instrumental middle section that builds and builds untill it blows your doors off! Undoubtedly the best closer to any Foos album, Dave might have to reassess his earlier "Best song ive ever written" statement.
All in all the best Foo Fighters album to date, and the one I have been waiting to hear for 5 years. However, with media speculation of the bands demise, and the ongoung Love/Nirvana saga, it has risen from unlikely circumstances. There are plenty of blatant references to this in the lyrics to be found, but what makes this album stand out is the 11 stunning songs that the mand put together in an amazing 3 weeks. Fans of the Foos should rejoice, while fans of great rock music should do likewise. Buy it.