One By One - Foo Fighters
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  • Summary: Former Nirvana drummer (and sometime Queens of the Stone Age drummer) Dave Grohl returns to the front of the stage for his role as vocalist, guitarist, and bandleader of the Foo Fighters on this, their fourth studio recording.
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. The Foo Fighters' One by One, the band's first album since 1999, is densely packed with glum song titles, grinding beats, and moaned vocals. The result? Unexpected exhilaration.
  2. Let's just hope it doesn't take another near-death experience for their next album to be this good.
  3. 80
    They may have just failed to make a Great Rock Album--though it has many moments of greatness--but they have unquestionably become a Great Rock Band. [Album of the Month, Nov 2002, p.90]
  4. There is no denying the power of this album.
  5. [It's] tight and competent in both musical and production value, lyrically intelligent, rhythmically driving, and yet -- like the boyfriend who seems perfect but just doesn't give you butterflies -- ultimately unsatisfying.
  6. 60
    Grohl's every intense metal rave-up quickly passes into a sweet, breezy melody that makes it hard to take most of the songs all that seriously. [#11, p.137]
  7. With every album, the Foos get slicker than before; the passion behind their songs waxed off by an ever-thickening veneer of overproduction. Right now, the Foos are so polished you can see right through them.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. Apr 8, 2014
    10
    the second best foo fighters album since All My Life till Come Back, real rock, & a great album that have the worth listening & why not, have it in the private collection, a great album of a great band Expand
  2. j30
    Sep 28, 2011
    9
    Some of their best work is a product of this record. All My Life, Low, Times Like These, the whole record comes together nicely without any filler tracks. Expand
  3. Dec 21, 2011
    8
    Excellent album - most of the tracks are great and the opener is a classic. My favourite Foo Fighters album to listen to and really put the "There is Nothing Left to Lose" disaster to bed. Not sure if they've produced anything quite as good since. Expand
  4. Mar 8, 2013
    8
    Good album, but I like it less than There Is Nothing Left To Lose. This sounds like Queens Of The Stone Age's Songs For The Deaf, but I think One By One is better. All My Life is a great song, Times Like These and Come Back are very good, too. Expand
  5. Nov 9, 2013
    4
    Sorry I don't mind the Foo Fighters but I found this to be a very sterile and uninspired album. For a band of this type hard-rocking crowd-pleasers these songs try their best to tear town walls but just sound stilted thanks to the smooth, slippery-slick production and formulaic songwriting. Even "One By One" doesn't do as much as penetrate the eardrum. These melodies just don't amplify. "Low" in particular is just horrible.

    Ironically, it's where the Foos sit back and run on autopilot that the best track on this album comes about. "Time Like These" is by far the catchiest song on here and doesn't actually TRY to shatter the room. It is just a well-constructed power-ballad that hits the mark. The rest, though, is so polished you can't keep hold of it.
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