Sound — 9
The first Foo's song I learned was "Best of You", which is one of my all-time favorites today. I later got this album when I was returning an unopened Offspring CD to a store, and they told me I could swap it for another one. Then I saw it on the shelf, recognized it, and got it. I listened all the way through several times, and realized how much I loved it. There's some great variety of of style of the songs, so to speak. Like the calm but energetic verses, exciting bridges and crazy screaming choruses of Free Me, the catchy tone of No Way Back, and the distorted strumming of Resolve. Grohl rocks my socks.
Lyrics — 9
I think the lyrics are very original and creative, and nearly every line fits very well with the song it comes in. Most of the time you can totally understand what the song is about, like in the tracks In Your Honor, Best of You and The Last Song. Grohl is a musician of three instruments (well, technically, his voice is not an instrument) which I find impressive. His voice varies from the sweet vocals on Virginia Moon to the the hoarse screaming on, well, most of the other tracks. Lurics and singing: absolutely fantastic.
Overall Impression — 10
You could never compare Foo Fighters with any other band, by skill, sound or anything else. I don't mean to say that they are superior to all others in these categories, but are just like no other. Unique. I believe that nearly all bands have their own sound, so if you were familiar with a band, and someone plays a song by this band that you haven't heard before, you almost immediately know it's them. The Foo's have a great guitar sound, for example, that's sounds like a cross between clean and drive, as if it had the distortion, but also that "duhm" sound when you pick a string on clean. The impression, on both the hard rock and acoustic CD, is impressive, melodic, and unique, above all. I recommend that any guitar fan listen to one or two of the songs first. If you like them (which you almost certainly will) you will love the rest of the album.