Sound — 9
The evolution of the Foo Fighters sound has, over time, been a thing of brilliance; radio-friendly grunge merging into mainstream pop-rock and then forward into slow-burning radio rock - it's been a certain legacy. However this, their fourth studio record, might just top all that. A great blend of heavey, melodic and epic, it offers something for every alternate rock fan. They dont come a lot more enegetic and in your face than first single and opening track "All My Life," a chugging burst of enegy held together by the power of one almighty power-chord. "Time Likes These" may just be the finest Foo's melody ever written - a breezy backdrop of strummed guitars holding it all together and frankly, within the first forgetting why you contemplated spening the dough. Elsewhere, "Disenchanted Lullaby" offers a dreamy melodic canvas which could give "Aurora" a run for it's money, "Low" brings a whole new dark and brooding scope to the Foo's soundtrack and closer "Come Back" fuses great riff and simple chorus and maximises it as epic as possible. A stunning finale.
Lyrics — 9
Dave Grohl again further cements his reputation as one of the very best rock melody writers in the business. "All My Life" and "Times Like These" cement this high level of skill, however it's Dave utilisation of the simplest melody which is the greatest skill. Top stuff.
Overall Impression — 9
With each release, the Foo Fighters keep bringing more to the table. Better songwriting, a greater variation, deeper and more personal lyrics. Whilst there may be not as many "legendery tracks" as on "The Colour And The Shape" and "There Is Nothing Left To Lose" the album as a whole is very cohesive and there is no room for error. Some may neglect it because of its mature approach and lack of out and out mainstream belters (breakout), but I'd certainly add it to the Foo's collection.