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Foo Fighters - One By One
Review by Dan Grote

Foo Fighters - One By One
Label: RCA Records
All My Life 
Have It All 
Times Like These (One-Way Motorway) 
Burn Away 
Lonely As You 
Disenchanted Lullaby 
Come Back
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If there’s one word that can describe the Foo Fighters’ music best, it’s consistent. Their music is consistently played on modern rock radio, the band’s three previous albums have consistently sold well (not a one under platinum), and their songs, good for about three singles an album, are consistently enjoyable.

Of course, that’s the Foo Fighters’ music, not the Foo Fighters themselves. The band’s latest album, One by One, is Dave Grohl’s fourth Foo Fighters album, Nate Mendel’s third (though technically an original member of the band, Grohl hired his band after recording the first album), Taylor Hawkins’ second (original drummer William Goldsmith left shortly after the sessions for 1997’s The Colour and the Shape), and Chris Shifflet’s first (Shifflet is the band’s third rhythm guitarist, taking the place of Pat Smear and Franz Stahl).

However, it’s more likely than not safe to say that the band’s line-up has finally solidified, giving Dave Grohl plenty of freedom in the past year or two to… do everything but Fight Foo. With the exception of a movie soundtrack single in the beginning the year (Orange County’s, “The One”), Grohl’s most notable new millennium projects have not involved his current band. These projects include waging a battle against Courtney Love over the rights to release an unreleased Nirvana song, as well as drumming for both Tenacious D and the Queens of the Stone Age.

So the question is: Does Dave still have the touch when it comes to his day job? Well, surprisingly enough, the answer is yes. With One by One, the Foo Fighters have put out the hardest rocking record of their career, even when you recognize the distortion-punk wonderland that was Grohl’s 1995 debut. If nothing else, One by One is a far cry from the pop-infused VH1 rock of 1999’s There Is Nothing Else to Lose.

From the lead track/single, “All My Life,” the Foo’s let loose a modern rock assault that announces their return to business as usual. Grohl experiments with his songwriting technique a little, changing the soft verse/loud chorus dynamic to explore fast-singing his lyrics: “All my life I’ve been searching for something / something never comes, never leads to nothing / nothing’s what I what feel when I’m getting close, closer to the prize at the end of the rope.”

“Low” acts a great follow-up, with speedy guitars explaining that the darker sound of the first song was not a fluke. Gone are the quick and quirky songs of the Foo Fighters’ previous efforts. There are no “Big Me”’s, “For All the Cows”’ or “To See You”’s on One by One, no excuses for Dave and Taylor to dress up like women again.

There are more good songwriting moments though, as when Grohl says on “Disenchanted Lullaby”: “No one has a fit like I do / I’m the only one that fits you.” Then there is “Tired of You,” Grohl’s Brian May-assisted declaration of fidelity, built around the mantra, “I won’t go getting tired of you.”

VERDICT: Time and rock radio will determine this album’s final fate, but the fact of the matter is that One by One is the strongest showing the Foo Fighters have put forth in their seven-year career, with darker songs that don’t put the band’s previous work to shame but instead prove the band has a range that goes beyond goofy videos and screamer choruses. Don’t be mistaken, the goofy videos and screamer choruses are great; “Monkeywrench,” “I’ll Stick Around,” and “Breakdown” are great songs, but this is good too.

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Posted by hazz:
this album rules! it has classic songs on it and is the best album ive heard in ages!

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Posted by Fooatic:
hey bob 753 i think its called sarcasm!

Posted by Fooatic:
Album is class nobody plays bass like Chris!!!

Posted by cobuRn:
Foos r the greatest rock band in the whole world..

Posted by pepper:
foofighters are mind blowing

Posted by next:
this album is absolutly sh*t.... im jokin!! im jokin!! it rocks i luv the foos, low is a great song + overdirve has been on repeat for the last

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Posted by Tim:
all respect went from this review when he called breakout'breakdown

Posted by Whats emo?:

emo at its finest!!!

Posted by
foos rock but NATE MENDEL rocks more!

Posted by bob753:
I just made that name up right now. Anyways, I LOVE the Foo Fighters! Dave Grohl is SO awesome! He can do anything! Hey Kat! Thats my friend for anybody who cares. All their songs rock! Hey "better than u"- you aren't! And I can't beleive that you are so isolated in your stupid little self-centered world to not realize that! What is your problem? I bet someone just told you that and that you have never even head of Nirvana! FREAK!

Posted by Endra-Indonesia:
Dave Grohl kicks ass!!he is one of great drummers who can sing too.thumbs up!

Posted by better than u:
The singer in Foo Fighters is like the drummer in nirvana, any one else noticed that?

Posted by Jagstang:
this is an amazing album.Go to for the lyrics to every Foo song

Posted by jesse:
I think that this album is great i love every song...........

Posted by Robert:
Nobody added that enlisting Chris Shifflet to play guitar also added to the harder sound? He was great in No Use For A Name and so having him and Nate (Sunny Day Real Estate) really adds to the line up. Dave should play drums on this though too. Great album none the less. Also check out Chris' brother Scott in Face To Face, he plays bass like a champ.

Posted by Andrew:
I think "low" is a great song. Taylor is a genius on the set. His talent has become incredible in the last two albums, and this is by far his best work!

Posted by laren:
This is by far the best album Foo Fighters has put out. They are a very smart band and this album is very well put together. I think it is amazing and im wearing it out already. Queens of the Stone Age- Songs for the deaf is also awesome as well. I suggest picking it up.

Posted by Boycey:
Quite simply, this album is the tits!

Posted by Darko:
One of the best CD's of the year, One by One is a constantly changing music experience where every song sounds different, yet they all seem to come together in the end to form a perfect consise package. Despite a few slow spots on the poppy "Halo" and "Overdrive", One by One is an excellent CD, and the Foo's best to date.

Posted by the max:
I've been hoping Grohl would do some darker singing like he did on Tony Iommi's album. I hope he sticks with this stuff for awhile.

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Posted by RockerRick:
This album is pretty damn good. But I'd still rather see Grohl drumming for the Queens of the Stone Age, which is a hell of an album itself.

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Posted by southofheaven:
As good as this CD may be, TD is a moron. Long live Kurt Cobain - but that again, we're all partial to fight the foo in times of late.

Posted by ritalin:
aww, i think you underrated the album...

Posted by Tequila:
The last song "Come Back" is great. Its the first thing i listen to when I play that CD and the last thing I get to hear at the end of it. Brilliant

Posted by ??:
look at queens of the stone age website for the lyrics, I mean after all this was really a qotsa album not a foo fighters cd wasn't it? I didn't hear the foo's anywhere but sure heard a lot of qosta aspirations there.

Posted by Weazel:
yes, of course its great...I wouldn't expect otherwise! The only prob is, I cant find the bloody lyrics! Id really like to know where to get em from cos I cant find it even on the official site. Prolly not looking hard enough...bah

Posted by Obi Wan Foonobi:
The album rocks! All the songs rule and they don't sound alike like some albums.I can't name a favurite. All the songs rule!

Posted by Ann:
This album rocks!!! Every track on this CD is great. You know how sometimes when you buy a new CD, the first few times you listen to it, you kind of skip around to the best songs then eventually get around to listening to the "fillers"? Well, this album has NO "fillers"! EVERY song has hit potential. Dave Grohl is truly the most talented singer/songwriter out there today!

Posted by Raviol:
I bought the cd a few days ago and I think I´ve listened to it about 3000 times. It´s addictive, it´s amazing. Dave is a musical genius, and so is Taylor. The chorus in "Lonely as You" is simply fantastic.

Posted by DT:
After a couple of loops through the cd I was hooked. "All My Life" is bad #ss. A lot of energy but yet still foo. I always said the best thing that ever came out of Nirvana was Dave Grohl. Don't get me wrong, I like Nirvana but Dave sounds better to me. Never seen a guy with so much talent.

Posted by Nugi:
I think the Album is a perfect mixture of Foo-Rock and Alternative.

Posted by Helen (upraw dudette):
I got the album a couple of days ago, its totally different to the other 3 and its great! one of my favourites is 'halo', and theres none i dont like! brilliant work! is there nothing dave cant do?

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