The Greatest Hits - Foo Fighters
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  • Summary: The 2009 Greatest Hits collection includes two new tracks, "Wheels" and "Word Forward," both recorded with producer Butch Vig (who also produced Grohl's former band, Nirvana). It also includes such Foo classics from the past 15 years as "The Pretender," "All My Life," "Learn to Fly," "Best of You," "Times Like These," "My Hero," "Everlong," and more. Expand
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  1. So few bands may be better suited to the greatest-hits treatment, and with the group going on hiatus (following 2007’s middling Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace), now is the time to do it. The standard edition collects 13 of the hits and features two songs, “Wheels” and “Word Forward,” recorded for this compilation, and a previously unreleased acoustic version of “Everlong.”
  2. Much of Greatest Hits will be familiar to people who've never heard a Foo Fighters album before: indeed, these are precisely the people it's aimed at. Like all such, Greatest Hits fulfills a function for fans too. [Dec 2009, p.134]
  3. Greatest Hits isn't arranged chronologically, which isn't a detriment; if anything, skipping through the years emphasizes just how consistent the Foos have been, always delivering oversized rock & roll where the hooks are as big as the guitars.
  4. As a compilation, Greatest Hits offers few surprises other than that Grohl somehow resisted the temptation to title this thing The Best of Foo. Though the record conspicuously lacks the band's breakthrough single, "I'll Stick Around", the first 13 tracks make good on the promise of the title and provide a relentless hit parade of modern rock radio staples.
  5. What Greatest Hits brings into clearer focus is how Foo Fighters have always been somewhat out of place and perhaps mischaracterized. It also shows how solid the band's catalog of tunes is, and how well it has stood the test of time. That is, if you like classic rock.
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  1. MateoG.
    Jan 15, 2010
    10
    Perfect compilation for every fan and every person who never have heard The Foos b4...A nice journey through a consistent catalogue of tunes!
  2. JamesM.
    Jan 29, 2010
    10
    A great collection of some of the Foo Fighters greatest songs! If you are a fan of the Foo Fighters its a must buy!
  3. TimH
    Feb 2, 2010
    10
    Great songs, great compilation. The new ones stand up with all the hits from through the years too.
  4. j30
    Sep 28, 2011
    9
    It's hard to rate a greatest hits album. Their collection goes far deeper than this, but if you haven't listened to this band, maybe this is a good introduction. I do believe Foo Fighters are one of the best bands to come out of the 90's and they deserve recognition. To not have The Colour and Shape listed on your best 90's albums is ridiculous. Expand
  5. CodyT
    Jan 25, 2010
    8
    One of the best, longest running alternative rock acts around. If anybody deserves a compilation of hits its Foo Fighters. A perfect buy for the casual listener or for someone you wish to become a fan! Expand
  6. tomg
    Jan 27, 2010
    4
    Want a greatest hits album from these guys? Listen to their first two albums and consider it a rock solid double-disk.
  7. SimonS
    Jan 22, 2010
    1
    A Best-of album by the Foo Fighters, ridiculous.

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