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      31.05.2010 19:21
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      An awesome offering from the Foos

      I really can't say enough good thing about The Foo Fighters. Being somewhat of a Nirvana superfan myself, it is even more impressive to me that Dave Grohl has managed to step out from under the shadow left by Nirvana's demise and create something fresh, original and hugely successful, without really trading on the sound of his former band-mates.

      There is Nothing Left to Lose is the 3rd studio album from The Foo's and followed the hugely successful Colour and the Shape. Being released late in November 1999 I have so many good memories of listening to this album as the new millennium came in. In many ways this album is something of a new beginning for The Foo's, being the first album to include their drummer Taylor Hawkins. It also see's the band taking a slightly more poppy shift with a few real chart pleasers in the mix for this album. Songs like 'Learn to Fly' and 'Breakout' did hugely well in the charts and probably helped to launch The Foo's onto the mainstream stage.

      This (temporary) shift towards a more poppy style actually works really well, because it is done with heart. As well as catchy choruses and riffs, this album drips with emotion. 'Aurora' is one of my favourite tracks on the album and is brilliantly emotive.

      There are definitely darker moments on the album. 'Stacked Actors' uses drop-A tuning for the guitars (similar to the set up used by Slipknot and Korn) to deliver a really hard rocking sound. That being said, it is definitely the softer more melodic numbers that dominate this insanely listenable offering from The Foo's.

      This is a good, solid album from The Foo Fighters, with a couple of real high points thrown into the mix (Aurora and Stacked Actors). It may be a bit to commercial for real metal heads but I am certain that the majority of music fans will find something they like on this album.

      Well worth 4 out of 5, check it out today!

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      16.11.2009 18:10

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      An excellent album, just as you would expect from the Foo Fighters!

      I am a great lover of all Foo Fighters music, and believe that they are one of the most amazing bands around. As all Foo Fighters albums 'There is nothing left to lose' is in my opinion one of those special albums you can play from start to finish without ever having the desire to skip a song. Featuring popular releases such as 'Learn to fly' and 'Breakout' (from the movie soundtrack, 'Me, Myself and Irene' I believe) and one of my personal favourites 'M.I.A', this album is quite upbeat throughout and always gets me in the mood to sing along.

      Another reason why I enjoy most Foo Fighters songs, with the songs on this album being no exception, is that I can find meaning in most of the lyrics which I can relate to and find my own understanding for. I believe this makes the music mean more to me, and maybe it will make the music mean more to you!

      The copy I have also has additional CD rom features which are worth having a look at!

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      13.09.2009 19:51
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      A juggernaught of mainstream rock

      Although it's not quite as amazing as say, The Colour and the Shape, There is Nothing Left to Lose is a cracking album from the Foo Fighters that mixes together Dave Grohl's seemingly endless talents as a musician, along with some great drum work and guitar work from his fellow bandmates also. Like I said in my previous reviews, they're among few musicians able to both please those who like heavier bands like Metallica, and those who also like soft and fairly friendly music. Grohl isn't called "the nicest guy in rock" for nothing.

      Perhaps the most well known song of the album is Breakout, in large part thanks to its outrageous video which was used to promote the Jim Carrey film Me, Myself and Irene. It's one of the heavier songs on the album and has Grohl singing in a way he usually doesn't - he is frenzied and very raspy at points here.

      Learn to Fly is a live favourite apparently, although the band have confessed before that they're quite fed up with it and don't like playing it so much. It's a lot calmer, and is basically about shooting for your goals and learning to reach them on your own. The video, again, is one to watch, especially as the band are dressed up in numerous zany get-ups.

      Generator's quite a strange one but I guarantee that you won't soon forget it - Grohl has made use of a strange microphone device that makes his voice sound quite odd, but it adds something new to the mix that more and more bands are adopting now anyway.

      Next Year is also another crowd-pleaser. It's quite heartfelt and not as light-hearted as most of the other tracks on the album. It's basically not heavy at all and in fact the guitar work seems mostly accoustic at times.

      This is just my favourites, but there are no filler tracks thankfully, and this is simply another win for the band. Grohl again proves why he has such an enduring presence in the music world outside of Nirvana. Great stuff, and many of his best singles are on this album!

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        31.05.2009 21:23
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        A great overall album

        Released ten years ago in 1999 this is the third album by the legendary Foo Fighters, and very significantly the first time that the amazing drummer Taylor Hawkins is seen with the band.

        This album has some songs on it which may be considered quite poppy for them but gladly it still has the rawness that make the Foo Fighters so unique and talented. Songs such as Ain't it the life and Aurora demonstrating this perfectly. What makes this album so good however is that we are still faced with some of the great powerful and energetic music that we like to hear from the Foo Fighters with tracks such as Stacked Actors and Break Out. David Grohl is simply a phenomenon and this album showed his continuing success. The songs on the album are heavy and rocky, yet beautiful at the same time, this surely being the most varied album they had produced up until this point. If you have not heard any of their stuff (if thats Possible) and want a nice introduction to the Foos, this would be a good start it shows their melodic and their heavy rock capabilities and has a large number of catchy tunes...A great album!


        Track Listing:

        Stacked Actors
        Breakout
        Learn to Fly
        Gimme Stitches
        Generator
        Aurora
        Live-In Skin
        Next Year
        Headwires
        Ain't It the Life
        M.I.A.

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          18.05.2009 14:47
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          another great album

          There is nothing left to loose was the third studio album release from the rock band foo fighters. Their first album was quite poor in content and quality but their second album was truly a masterpiece and contained some great hits so the pressure was really on them to deliver another great album like their second and not a flop like their first.

          The first song off the album, stacked actors in my opinion fails to get the album off to a great start. The intro is a bit jumpy and it doesn't make me want to stay listening to the song, the lyrics are quite weak and there isn't any catchy chorus to make it into a great song either.

          Well, from listening to the first song you might think this is going to be the way of the whole album but boy would that be wrong, as the second track off the album, break out really kicks the album off very well, it's a catchy song, a bit more of a pop rock song rather than a full rock song like a lot of their material is. It very catchy and it has nice little instrument and little versus going off the song which makes it very interesting to listen to.

          My favourite song off the album isn't break out though, it's the song after it, learn to fly. It has a fantastic opening verse, which is very relaxing with a nice little bit of guitar strumming going on in the background. The chorus has the usually foo fighters magical catchiness which they managed to somehow achieve on so many of their songs. It is fairly relaxed all the way through but still manages to hold its pace, it's a great song.

          M.I.A is another song off the album that is quite slow and relaxed however it does have a really rocky feel to it despite the high pitched guitar picking going on through the verses, I think this is just because of the sheer amount of distortion put onto the guitar, it does work though, and the lyrics and Dave's singing carries this one.

          Track Listing;

          1.Stacked Actors
          2.Breakout
          3.Learn To Fly
          4.Gimme Stitches
          5.Generator
          6.Aurora
          7.Live-In Skin
          8.Next Year
          9.Headwires
          10.Ain't It The Life
          11.M.I.A.

          This was another fantastic album from the foos, it features some really great songs, and had just about enough hits on it to make it a little better than their second album in my opinion, they improved as a band, their lyrics, singing and instrumental arrangement all got better and it really showed in the work they managed to produce.

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            02.03.2009 14:20
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            One of the best CD's from one of the best ever bands

            Its easy to review any Foo Fighters material because even before hearing it you just know its going to be excellent. I got into the band a bit later than most so this was the first album of theirs I bought, mainly because I loved their Learn to Fly song. The song became an instant favourite of mine and luckily for me it introduced me to the rest of the amazing work from this awesome band.

            The album is full of classic material and includes a wide range of musical types from the rocking 'Breakout' and 'Stacked Actors' to the slow 'Next Year'. In total there are 11 songs for you to enjoy and over 46 minutes of top quality music. Even now, almost 10 years on I still listen to this album and it sounds as fresh as ever. That shows that it is music that definitely stands the test of time and is only an example of just how good this band are.

            If you get a chance, and haven't already seen the Learn to Fly video I'd get straight onto Youtube to check it out since it has to be the funniest music video ever made. It even included Jack Black in it!

            If you like this album I'd happily recommend any of their other work as it all lives up to the high standards set from the first time I heard this. Even better for your pocket is that all their older material can now be picked up on the cheap which means you get to hear one of the best bands ever for less than the price of a new CD from a less than average band.

            Definitely give it a listen! 10/10

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            03.07.2008 15:14
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            Worth a listen, there are however better Foo Fighters albums out there than this.

            'There Is Nothing Left to Lose' is the third album from the American rock band that is the Foo Fighters. The album was released through RCA Records in 1999 and features my personal favourite Foo Fighters track that is 'Breakout'. There are a number of Foo Fighters tracks that I absolutely love, 'Breakout' is my very favourite of them all however and every time I hear the track I smile. 'There Is Nothing Left to Lose' features eleven tracks and this therefore provides for 46 minutes of music. 'The Colour and the Shape' is the bands best album by far in my opinion, this one certainly still contains a number of excellent tracks however and I therefore often quite enjoy listening to this fine album from the band.

            The music is not consistently excellent throughout this album, a number of tracks do however highly appeal to me here and those that stand out most strongly from this release are those of 'Breakout', 'Stacked Actors', and closing track 'M.I.A.' also. The reason I originally gave this album a listen was because a friend of mine suggested that I'd love 'Stacked Actors' and therefore lent me this album to see what I thought. He was certainly right about 'Stacked Actors', it's the first track on this album and is absolutely brilliant. The track is just over four minutes in length and features some fine instrumental work and a strong vocal tone also. The vocals of Dave Grohl are smoothly spoken here, the instrumental accompaniment is excellent and nothing about this track disappoints in the slightest. It's a great track for the band to begin this album with, one that certainly starts this release on a high and as the album continues the fine tunes further flow.

            'Breakout' possesses such an infectious chorus, the guitar work also is stunning here and never do I tire of hearing the track. Every time I hear this track my love for it increases, it's a fine rock track and one that I highly recommend to everyone. Such power is attained by the band here, it's a brilliant piece of music and I fail to find fault with the track whatsoever. 'M.I.A.' on the other end provides this album with an absolutely fantastic finish, it's another of my favourite Foo Fighters tracks and a definite highlight from this 'There Is Nothing Left to Lose' album. Always Foo Fighters albums seem to possesses fantastic opening/closing tracks, never do the bands openers/closers disappoint and you just know when the band brings out a new album that with two tracks at least you're going to be in for a treat.

            The inconsistent nature of this album is really quite disappointing, whilst there are some absolute highs there are also some definite lows. With the tracks I've outlined the band gets the music spot on; the guitar work is excellent and the vocals also are exquisitely put across in the sound, all too often here however the music of the Foo Fighters fails to really ignite. The sound created is not bad as such, it just lacks passion and there's a lack of intensity and drive showcased on the behalf of the band. The vocals often sound more than just a little half hearted, instrumentally the sound created by the band never disappoints but vocally there are some horribly bland moments on the behalf of the bands lead vocalist Dave Grohl. He just seems a little reluctant to give it his all at times, there's a definite feeling that the man is holding back and the tracks created by the band here are therefore not as strong as they could and perhaps should be.

            This is not a bad album from the Foo Fighters, there are some incredibly strong tracks present here but there are also a number of others that are really quite disappointing. 'Breakout', 'Stacked Actors', and 'M.I.A.' are definitely well worth listening to, not much else shines through in the bands sound here however and for the most part the music created by the Foo Fighters here is really rather average. Dave Grohl's vocal passion is at times a little lacking, this I feel detracts away from the overall quality of the bands sound but instrumentally the music always has much to offer. It's my belief that 'Breakout' is the best track that the band has ever written, this is one track which is certainly well worth listening to but much of the rest of this album from the band is really quite sorely disappointing. Give this album a listen if you love that Foo Fighters sound, for the bands best album I would however look to the 1997 release 'The Colour and the Shape'.


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              31.03.2003 02:28
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              Dave Grohl has certainly achieved a lot in his career. Before he joined Nirvana, Kurt Cobain had admitted that he wanted him in the band, citing his extraordinary drumming technique and skill. Grohl joined Cobain and Novoselic to produce what is arguably one of the best albums in history, 'Nevermind', a record that is still bought today by people across the world, and is still as powerful as it was when first released. The demise of Cobain and Nirvana had led many to think that Grohl would too disappear, but he emerged again with his new band, Foo Fighters. This, the Foo Fighters third studio recording is perhaps their most commercial album so far. From the popular single, 'Learn To Fly', through to the radio-friendly 'Next Year', Grohl and friends have created a record so catchy and flawless that you have to ask where they can go from here. 'Stacked Actors', the opening track, is the heaviest and harshest song here. Supposedly about Cobain's widow, the controversial Courtney Love, it has unsurprisingly become a live favourite with fans. 'Breakout' and the aforementioned 'Learn To Fly' follow before the album generally mellows with quieter, but beautiful songs such as 'Aurora' and 'Ain't It The Life'. While this album may not have been to the liking of fans of their previous two offerings, 'There Is Nothing Left To Lose' is no doubt an immense recording that can bring the music of the Foo's to the masses. On this evidence, the Foo Fighters will be around for a long time.

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                Nothing left to lose??? - Advantages: Its is a great album - Disadvantages: Some of the last few songs aren't as good as the rest

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                23.05.2002 14:59
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                An amazing blend of sharp drumming, distorted bass lines, and the perfect rock voice of Dave Grohl make this fantastic album. If you have not heard of the Foo Fighters, then look into it, they are excellent. The singer is Dave Grohl, who was, before, the drummer for Nirvana. Nirvana were also outstanding, and if you knew them, and liked them, you will like the Foo Fighters too. At present, Dave Grohl is doing a lot of work with Queens of The Stone Age, he is touring with them, and he recorded their album with them. This could affect the future of the Foos, as their next album has been delayed until September. In the mean time, make the most of this: eleven of the Foo Fighters finest songs are crammed onto this album: 1) Stacked Actors This track is one of my personal favourites ? in my view this grows on you. With its heavy guitar?s and stomping beats at the start, you will find yourself tapping your feet along to the beat. Then it calms down a bit, but the chorus is still loudish. You will like this when you hear it. 2) Breakout This is almost the opposite of Stacked actors, with a lot faster beat, and with some lovely distorted chords. That is what the Foo Fighters are all about 3) Learn to fly More distorted chords, and more passionate singing, if you get a chance; I strongly advise watching the video for this. 4) Gimme Stitches A huge blend of smashing drums and electric guitar ? this is another of my favourites. There is a great riff that melts in perfectly with the rest of the music. 5) Generator A ?weird? but good effect opens up this song, with excellent lyrics: they make you stop and think. Quite a slow build up, but the build up itself is very good. The song is sad, but only to a certain extent. 6) Aurora Different style from all the others: carefully placed chords, and light drum beats. This is one of the slower, mellower tracks of the album 7) Live in skin Top gui
                tar line in this, which is backed by a heavy drumbeat. 8) Next Year This HAS to be my favourite: It is really saddening, with seriously light guitar chords to begin with, but it soon builds up, and there is a short but sweet drum solo somewhere in the middle. This is the best in the album 9) Headwires Huge intro, of just a sharp drumbeat, and a mixed up/confused sounding guitar line. 10) Ain?t it the life Very sad sounding, and yet somehow merry intro. The singing in this song is very soft and quiet. 11) M.I.A. Another sad one, similar to Ain?t it the life. What a combo ? these tracks are nearly all of superior quality. This music is half metal, but don?t worry if you are not a metal fan ? I think it is more of an inde album. I first got this album on my birthday, and thinking that it was just a pretty average album (I had never heard of the Foo Fighters back then) dismissed it. Three months later, I picked it up, wiped the dust off the cover, and through my friend?s advice, started to listen. Within a day I was glued to my Hi-Fi ? the Foo Fighters are that good. That was a long time a go, and I still find them great. Just give them a go, and you are 99% likely to like them if this is your type of music. This is a great album to start with. 8.5/10

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                  Nirvana gave use the beginning of the foo fighters in the form of Dave Grohl the drummer and were now all very glad there around especially with this album ‘there is nothing left to lose’. What does this album have for the eager listener ? 11 great tracks the first stacked actors, which starts off slowly you sort of fooled that this is just a mellow song until the chorus kicks in and you find its just an angry song, and you end up shouting along with the words (ok maybe that was just me). Breakout was realised as the single for me myself and Irene, the more I listen to this to this song the better it sounds Learn to fly is less in your face then some of the other songs but still I very good song. The video that went with when it was realised as a single was so funny. Generator use some weird voice effect and you cant figure out whether he’s singing or its just a noise but that just add to the effect of the song. Its one of my favourites on the album at the moment. Auroa is not one I listened to that much it’s quite slow but it can be quite relaxing. Its still got a good feel to the song. MIA now I pondered for along time on what MIA really stood for yes I know now that it’s missing in action. Another one of my favourite’s because it builds up during the chorus to so good instrumental bit in the middle. Conclusion- you’ll like this if you like past foo fighters albums, your into Nirvana or you just looking for a good album which give you a mix of everything.

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                    The album was again recorded in difficult circumstances – the band parted from their record label (Capitol) and guitarist Franz Stahl. Subsequently, however, the band signed to RCA, a label not known for their rock roster, and thus were allowed to do largely what they wanted with this album, recording it in Dave’s own studio with a back-to-basics approach, in contrast to the smooth production of ‘The Colour and the Shape’. And the result? Well, the short version of this opinion is: yes, it’s good, but not as good as ‘The Colour…’ Although they’ve continued to progress in a more poppy direction, and increasing commercial success, the album opens with one of their heaviest songs to date, ‘Stacked Actors’. Quite lyrically vehement. It’s about fake Hollywood lifestyle. Being quite a straightforward angry rock song, this was quite immediate, and an early favourite of mine. By the time it received a low-key single release (the fifth from the album!) I’d gone off it somewhat though. It’s not particularly deep or significant and, to be honest, there are other bands that do shouty angsty rock better. Next up, we have a quirkier offering. ‘Breakout’ (third single, from the ‘Me, Myself & Irene’ soundtrack) begins with a strange vocodered sound, “You make me dizzy, running circles in my head/ One of these days I’ll chase you down” and launches into a rocky chorus once more. This time, it’s more happy bounce-around rock than the anger of the previous song, and it’s pretty catchy too. Not my personal favourite, but one of many highlights on the album. The same could be said of ‘Learn To Fly’, although it’s a much more laid back, acoustic and commercial song. This was the first single from the album, and probably best remembered for it’s video – it features the band goofing around on a
                    plane a foiling drugs smugglers, with Dave himself playing about five parts! It’s a very funny video, which I still saw recently on MTV (as in summer 2001, although the single was originally released October 1999) and I’m sure many of you will know it. The video’s included on the enhanced CD-ROM bit, and the song itself is very good. Although it’s a bit bland and MOR (mainstream oriented rock) it’s still quite catchy and undeniably commercial... Overall conclusions: Well, at times this seems to drift by in a slightly repetitive way, but there are enough variations between songs to keep it interesting rather than boring. It could be a bit longer than 46:24 too (although it isn’t boosted by any annoying ‘hidden tracks’). Dave’s voice isn’t all Kurt’s was, but it doesn’t really show here, more on live b-sides. This album’s poppier and more commercial than ‘The Colour…’ but not, in my opinion, quite as good. If you’re new to the Foos, that may be the better start, unless you’re slightly scared of rock. If you’re an established fan, I don’t think this will disappoint. If you like pop-rock such as Feeder, Everclear, Weezer, Nirvana, Offspring, etc and haven’t heard Foo Fighters, I suggest you check them out, but again, ‘The Colour…’ maybe the best start. Despite slight faults, this is still a very good album and one of the best of the year in my opinion. 9.5/10

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                      There are some days when it seems as though every stone in rock'n'roll has been overturned and there is just nothing new out there. But then the Foo Fighters come along with their third album, There Is Nothing Left to Lose, and hope for the genre is renewed. Now it's not that the Foos have done something on their latest release that is so out there and over-the-top that makes me say this. It's the fact that they've accomplished something even more difficult. Their music is simple, relatively understated, and provocative. They're not banging heads or screeching lyrics, but they manage to grab your attention and hold it. Perhaps it's due to Dave Grohl's innate charm and humor, not to mention his musical prowess. Even when he's rocking out, he's amiably low key. That takes a special finesse. There Is Nothing Left to Lose opens with ""Stacked Actors"" -- a great, grinding, head-wagging track about Hollywood phoniness. ""Stacked dead actors/ Stacked to the rafters/ Line up the bastards/ All I want is the truth."" Yeah man. Are we talking about a certain Seattle-rocker-turned-actress here? Nah... Dave would never. It's then onto ""Breakout,"" about the kind of love that wreaks havoc with your complexion OR about the kind of love that imprisons you. Who knows. The single, ""Learn To Fly,"" is an exuberant tune with a spiritual bent. Maybe. ""Run and tell all the angels/This could take all night… I'm looking to the sky to save me/ I'm looking for a sign of life."" Again, I'm pondering… ""M.I.A."" is about bowing out to avoid being consumed by another... perhaps. ""Aurora"" is a lovely, ethereal rock song about remembering Aurora. Aurora Borealis, I believe. But I can't be sure. It could be that special groupie Aurora from Austin. That&#
                      39;s the beauty of it. There Is Nothing Left to Lose is at times angry, sweet, savvy, sarcastic, and I'd swear -- spiritual in nature. Perhaps the Foo Fighters decided to go for broke on this album, or at the very least, get you rollicking and thinking with their listener-friendly brand of fresh Foo provoco-rock.

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                        They say that the third album is alway the one that makes or breaks a band. Well, the Foos didn't exactly need any more success after the last record. Anyway, I think this album is definitely more experimental. As it the first album to be recorded by the current line-up (except for the new guitarist Chris), this is probably more like what we can expect from the Foos in the future. Dave writes the riffs on guitar, then plays them with Taylor, when they make a demo to get the ideas down. Then they play the songs to the rest of the band to work out melodies/lyrics and everything else. This is quite a unique songwriting situation, as the drummer would not usually have so much input. The album opens with "Stacked Actors". Listen to the lyrics. Is it about Courtney Love? Who knows. Dave sort of denies it. This song is very heavy, and I think its quite a strange choice for the opening track, as I wouldn't say its very typical of the rest of the album. My favorites are "Auroura", a cute track which starts with a weird delayed riff and includes a great cross-picked bridge section; also "Ain't It The Life", a sweet song which sounds almost (dare I say it)... country. Of course there are plenty of standard rock tracks on this record, like the excellent "Learn To Fly", and the aggressive scream-fest "Breakout". Also worth a mention is "Generator" in which Dave uses a Talk-Box effect - very cool. Overall, this album isn't as good as "The Colour And The Shape", but is still very good. Note that the CD (at least the limited edition version) is "enhanced" - and has pictures, lyrics etc. that you can access from your PC. Pretty cool, but I'd rather have the lyrics printed on the sleeve. A minor gripe. A cool album.

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                          • "could be longer"

                          Nothing! If you’re already a fan of Foo Fighters (or Nirvana) then I reckon you’re probably going to like this, the latest offering from Dave Grohl’s Foo Fighters. Yes, just in case anyone doesn’t know, I’ll provide some background… Ahem. Once upon a time there was a band called Nirvana that practically ruled the planet. Well, that’s not really very good is it? No, but everyone must know this bit. More importantly, for anyone who lost interest after Kurt’s suicide (or otherwise) is the fact that drummer of said band (the aforementioned Dave Grohl) has since continued with his own band under the moniker Foo Fighters. Their self-titled debut (really little more than a glorified one-man demo) was released within a year of Kurt’s death. Despite this, it was a very good record and the Foos were voted best new band in Kerrang! that year. The follow up, ‘The Colour and the Shape’, was even better, spawning classics like ‘Monkey Wrench’ and ‘Everlong’ and winning the Foos a considerable fan base of their own (rather than them relying on Nirvana’s). So, how does this measure up? Well, the album was again recorded in difficult circumstances – the band parted from their record label (Capitol) and guitarist Franz Stahl. Subsequently, however, the band signed to RCA, a label not known for their rock roster, and thus were allowed to do largely what they wanted with this album, recording it in Dave’s own studio with a back-to-basics approach, in contrast to the smooth production of ‘The Colour and the Shape’. And the result? Well, the short version of this opinion is: yes, it’s good, but not as good as ‘The Colour…’ Although they’ve continued to progress in a more poppy direction, and increasing commercial success, the album opens with one of their heaviest songs to date, ‘Stacked Actors’. Alleg
                          edly about Courtney Love (also the subject of ‘I’ll Stick Around’ from their debut) the song is not only musically fast-paced and rocky, but quite lyrically vehement too. It’s about fake Hollywood lifestyle: “You look so messy when you dress up in dreams One more for hire, a wonderful liar I think it’s time we all should come clean Stack dead actors, stacked to the rafters Line up the b*****ds, all I want is the truth’ Hey, hey, can you fake it” (It could well be about Ms Love, but is ironically like ‘Celebrity Skin’ in theme!) Being quite a straightforward angry rock song, this was quite immediate, and an early favourite of mine. By the time it received a low-key single release (the fifth from the album!) I’d gone off it somewhat though. It’s not particularly deep or significant and, to be honest, there are other bands that do shouty angsty rock better. Next up, we have a quirkier offering. ‘Breakout’ (third single, from the ‘Me, Myself & Irene’ soundtrack) begins with a strange vocodered sound, “You make me dizzy, running circles in my head/ One of these days I’ll chase you down” and launches into a rocky chorus once more. This time, it’s more happy bounce-around rock than the anger of the previous song, and it’s pretty catchy too. Not my personal favourite, but one of many highlights on the album. The same could be said of ‘Learn To Fly’, although it’s a much more laid back, acoustic and commercial song. This was the first single from the album, and probably best remembered for it’s video – it features the band goofing around on a plane a foiling drugs smugglers, with Dave himself playing about five parts! It’s a very funny video, which I still saw recently on MTV (as in summer 2001, although the single was originally released October 1999) and I&
                          #8217;m sure many of you will know it. The video’s included on the enhanced CD-ROM bit, and the song itself is very good. Although it’s a bit bland and MOR (mainstream oriented rock) it’s still quite catchy and undeniably commercial. In case anyone thought the Foos were selling out, they do their best to disprove it with the next two tracks. ‘Gimme Stitches’ is a pretty similar sound, quite slow and gentle, but hardly the kind of song you’d expect in the charts: “Dress me up in stitches it’s now or never Dying to get my blood on you Take another stab at me I promise in time I’ll heal… How can you go on when you’re murdering someone Killing me like you do” Then ‘Generator’, which was actually released as a five-track limited edition single (meaning it wouldn’t be chart eligible). Similar to ‘Breakout’, we again get the funny wooaaahhh woooaaaahhh intro, but this time the song itself is a quiet, sad affair, rather than rocky stomper. The softer mood is taken up by ‘Aurora’; the longest song on the album at 5:50. It’s another gentle acoustic number, with again fairly sad reflective lyrics, but still a good song, if somewhat unexciting. Rather relaxing in fact. The second half of the album is lacking so many hit singles and, although the songs are still good, they start getting a bit samey in places, almost like ‘Foo-Fighters-by-numbers’, although that’s not a major complaint. ‘Live-In Skin’ kicks this off, beginning with a simple guitar and becoming a radio-friendly soft rock song, faintly protesting about boring, mundane life. Actually one of my favourites, in an understated sort of way. ‘Next Year’ was the fourth single, another soft one, this time with a slight country feel. It’s quiet and radio-friendly again, but once more Dave demonst
                          rates that he must have caught Kurt’s knack of writing pop hits (only without Kurt’s angst). The gentle mood continues on to ‘Headwires’ although it is slightly more upbeat, it seems less inspired, and strikes me as possibly the worst song on the album, though still a good one. Penultimate track ‘Ain’t It The Life’ repeats the formula. A slow-paced, country-tinged reflective look at life, but again calm, relaxing and enjoyable (if in a slightly sad way). Although the album seems to have been drifting to a gentle finish for the last few songs, closer ‘M.I.A.’ (missing in action) is actually more upbeat, with a return to the catchy sing-along chorus “You won’t find me, I’m going M.I.A.” That’s not all though, the album also includes an enhanced multimedia section. Stick it in your computer and you can see the ‘Learn To Fly’ video (mentioned earlier), pictures of the band and read the lyrics (although I’d have preferred to have them printed in the sleeve). Overall conclusions: Well, at times this seems to drift by in a slightly repetitive way, but there are enough variations between songs to keep it interesting rather than boring. It could be a bit longer than 46:24 too (although it isn’t boosted by any annoying ‘hidden tracks’). Dave’s voice isn’t all Kurt’s was, but it doesn’t really show here, more on live b-sides. This album’s poppier and more commercial than ‘The Colour…’ but not, in my opinion, quite as good. If you’re new to the Foos, that may be the better start, unless you’re slightly scared of rock. If you’re an established fan, I don’t think this will disappoint. If you like pop-rock such as Feeder, Everclear, Weezer, Nirvana, Offspring, etc and haven’t heard Foo Fighters, I suggest you check them out, but again, ‘The Colour…’ m
                          aybe the best start. Despite slight faults, this is still a very good album and one of the best of the year in my opinion. 9.5/10

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                          Disc #1 Tracklisting
                          1 Stacked Actors
                          2 Breakout
                          3 Learn to Fly
                          4 Gimme Stitches
                          5 Generator
                          6 Aurora
                          7 Live-In Skin
                          8 Next Year
                          9 Headwires
                          10 Ain't It the Life
                          11 M.I.A.