Sound — 10
Probably the Foo's most musically technical album to date. Most of the CD comprises of a good solid rock sound for which they have been trademarked over the years. In my opinion they have redefined their "sound" once again as they do with every album which I think is one of the reasons their such an exciting band. However in several parts of the album, bouncy, slightly pop/punk rhythms appear reminiscent of their earlier work. The guitar work is easily their best to date with more complex riffing and a better variation of tones and techniques than we've heard before. I think Shiflett probably made more of a contribution this time round to acheive this. Drums and bass are solid as usual often serving as the power that drives grohls riffs and brings the songs to loud life. New musical turns for the Foo's on this album include use of piano on some songs and also their first instrumental track to date, which they dedicated to the beaconsfield miners.
Lyrics — 9
Haven't paid too much attention to all of the lyrics yet but they all fit the songs well and from my impression of songs such as cheer up boys, seem very uplifting and inspiring/positive lyrics. Only slightly bad point is they can get a bit repetitive in some songs such as Let It Die, Come Alive. Grohl's voice is amazing as usual with a good variation from soft and hard tones and from melodic singing to aggressive shouting as showcased in single The Pretender. His voice accompanies the music perfectly in my opinion and maybe his best performance to date.
Overall Impression — 10
In my opinion no one sounds like the Foo Fighters as I beleive their sound (although constantly changing) is always unique, but compared to other Foo's albums I rank this very near the top along with Colour And The Shape and Nothing Left To Lose. My favourite songs are bound to change as they always do with the Foo's but atm I'd say Stranger Things have Happened, Erase/Replace, Cheer Up Boys, and Summer's End are the most impressive after a few listens to the album but then again I think their all damn good. If Album were stolen/lost I would definately fork out for another copy!