Foo Fighters
Foo Fighters



by DhA USER (19 Reviews)
June 25th, 2009 | 11 replies

Release Date: 1995 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Nirvana in a candy shop.

I want the Foo Fighters to break up. For two reasons - one admitadely pessemistic, and one selfish but certainly elss offensive. The first reason si that i hate seeing videos for songs like "The Long Road To Ruin" when I turn on MTV2 - it's not that funny and the song's not that good to be honest. The other reason is that, to be honest, forcing patients to listen to a whole Foo Fighters album would probably be a cheaper alternative for pre-operation anaesthetic - put simply, too much filler tends to crow what I feel are the Foo Fighter's best songs - the singles (blasphemy!). Now, if they broke up, they'd almost certainly release a "Best Of" CD of some sorts, and I wouldn't have to sift throug hthe mediocore stuff to get to the good stuff. Yes, what I'm saying is the Foo Fighters career has really spawned only one decent albums worth of songs - or so I thought, until I decided to check out their 1995 debut, written and performed almost exclusively by Dave Grohl.

In terms of tracks, there's generally a strong showing all round - Foo Fighters have never, ever been a band to "wow" at every turn, but they certainly come closest here. "I'll Stick Around" is the first stand out, with Grohl's cries of "I don't owe you anything" a clear example of his own take on the ever popular 90's angst rock trend. The track "Floaty" has a slightly menacing, "Nirvana in a candy shop" guitar line that sticks in the head, and is the first hint that this album has perhaps inherited the catchy, hook laden legacy of "Nevermind" that was pretty much shunned on Nirvana's final release. "Big Me" exhibits their pop influences to the extreme, the catchy, album highlight having a defintie Weezer/Pixies (think "Here Comes Your Man") vibe that really htis a sugary sweet, playful note, and is instantly likeable. Far be it for Grohl to totally forgo his roots, the track "Weenie Beenie" is a straightforward rocker, enjoyable for nothing else if not the awesome distorted vocals that prevent the song from sliding into the type of mediocrity that would plague the band in the second half of their career. "For All The Cows" is an initially subdued, slightly strange, eccentric turn, that, whilst far from the best song on the album, shows a variety and not to say amanteur but raw element of a "band" (read: man/musician) finally allowed to express his musical ideas on the big stage, before the band really had a definite "sound" and fan base to aim for.

Although the album is by no means perfect (it does tend to peter out towards the end, without ever quite reaching the level of "boring"), it doesn't change the fact that I started with low expectations - perhaps more middle of the road, average, "Dad-rock" in twenty years time material - what you'll find is a solid, enjoyable collection of songs not as far removed from the "Nevermind" forumla than you'd expect - with the increase on the pop factor merely adding to the appeal.

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June 25th 2009


Spell check please sir.

June 25th 2009


Album Rating: 4.5

album rules

June 25th 2009


Album Rating: 4.0

Nice review. Direct and to the point. I agree with most you say here. Just watch out for typos.

Dave gets a sweet fuzzy guitar-soundscape going in this album, it's by far my favorite Foo Fighters album

June 25th 2009


Good review. I havent heard the whole album, but I didnt particularly enjoy the songs that i did hear

June 25th 2009


Album Rating: 4.0

Fingernails are pretty.

June 25th 2009


Review's opening paragraphs are Wanker City.

June 26th 2009


I never got round to this album because I kinda gave up on them. TCATS was a brilliant album, one by one had 3 great songs at best, In Your Honor was fun at the time but grown off me and the new album only had a strong first half.

June 26th 2009


Yeah, I never got around to this either. I actually bought TCATS as a spur-of-the-moment kinda dealies and loved it to death. I really should check into this.

June 26th 2009


same actually. It was cheap and I was like, what the hell I need something to listen to, turns out it was a great album.

February 22nd 2013


Album Rating: 4.5

This album never gets old

Digging: Slade - Keep Your Hands Off My Power Supply

October 7th 2014


Album Rating: 4.5

Their best one. The only FF record I still listen to every now and then...along with TCATS. A wonderful 'noise-pop' album.

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