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, havethe 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. Mr.Foo
    Aug 12, 2003
    10
    well let me be honest and try not to hurt any feelings. I'm not a fan of Nirvana...I really like Foo Fighters. I have listened to maybe well let me be honest and try not to hurt any feelings. I'm not a fan of Nirvana...I really like Foo Fighters. I have listened to maybe a couple of Nirvana songs but I just don't like them. I think Foo Fighters just have this thing that I can't explain and it makes them, in my opinion, ONE OF THE BEST BANDS OF ALL TIME!! Ok well I also don't like that other group Good Charlotte. I'm really not a fan of there's either. I think all that crap sounds the same. Well that's about it. And If any of all are Nirvana fans, well yall may like that but It just don't work for me. FOO FIGHTERS RULE!!!!!! THEY ARE THE BEST!!! NIRVANA DOES SUCK AHHHHHHHH THEY STINK THEY ARE WORSE THAN GOOD CHARLOTTE!!! me and my friend are at an argument if you have anything to say about this matter please complain at the guestbook www.geocities.com/jd242007 thank you for your time... Expand
  3. HectorG
    Feb 28, 2008
    10
    The Foos are the ONLY real rock band out there today... and that isn't just a situational statement. They could hold their own against The Foos are the ONLY real rock band out there today... and that isn't just a situational statement. They could hold their own against ALL the great bands. Anyone who tries to deny the brilliance of Dave Grohl is just being foolish. This is our modern-day LedZep, folks. As close as we'll ever get to "all original sound rock-and-roll". Expand
  4. JoshH
    Oct 28, 2002
    9
    Much better than their last one. Only a few songs are uninteresting. Very good album.
  5. bobujfg
    Mar 27, 2005
    9
    Great album! but it is the foo fighters so what else do you expect! Second best foos album but still very good.
  6. Andy
    Feb 25, 2004
    9
    Stephen Thomas Erlewine mentioned in his review of this CD that "it's hard not to wish the songs stuck in your head the way they used Stephen Thomas Erlewine mentioned in his review of this CD that "it's hard not to wish the songs stuck in your head the way they used to". While I agree with his assessment (there really isn't anything quite as catchy as, say, "Everlong"), that's hardly a reason to give this CD a mediocre rating. Personally, the only song that was a letdown to me was "Tired of You" - the rest are all good. Even the lesser moments, however, eclipse most or all of the music on a CD by your average neo-punk-clone or nu-metal-survivor. It's not really fair to judge, say, the Rolling Stones' later CDs by the greatness they used to come up with. Along the same line, this most excellent CD doesn't in any way deserve an "average" rating. Expand
  7. 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-rockingSorry 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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