Sound — 9
With the release of the single 'The Pretender' coming out before the actual album, Foo Fighters were suggesting returning back to their much rockier roots of 'Nothing Left to Lose'. The album however contains some more 'mellow tracks' which sound a bit out of place with likes of 'Erase/Replace' and 'The Pretender'. Even if this is the case the sound on this album is phenominal. Dave Grohl is at his peak on vocals and so are the rest of band.
Lyrics — 9
As ever, Dave Grohl has created a lyrical masterpiece. He can simply write anything and make it sound good. The lyrics have a much deeper feel than on albums like 'In Your Honour' or 'One By One'. His lyrics are as tight as ever and so is his voice. How ever, I think the faact Taylor Hawkin's(Drummers) singing as well as drumming may have affected the quality of his drumming on this album.
Overall Impression — 9
My overall impression of this is album is that it is a musical masterpiece. So what if we didn't get the new rockier sounding Foo's that we were all hyped up about before. What we got was still an insanely awesome piece of musical engineering. Foo Fighters are back on top.