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05:35 AM on 04/13/11
Mirrorsandfevers
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Great album, great review.
06:05 AM on 04/13/11
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Great review of an absolutely phenomenal record.
06:05 AM on 04/13/11
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Amazing CD. Gonna half to go into town and pick this up
06:23 AM on 04/13/11
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AOTY contender for sure.
06:26 AM on 04/13/11
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I'm going to take issue with that last paragraph. Why take a shot at Katy Perry for putting out formulaic pop after spending the entire review praising Foo Fighters for formulaic rock. Although you use different language for both, Foo Fighters have been on autopilot since they broke into the mainstream. These guys have literally been putting out the same brand of single-drive radio rock albums every two years since before most of us even listened to music. Foo Fighters aren't "filling a void," they're playing into it. Take away the guitars and drums and replace them with synthesizers, put Katy Perry in Grohl's place, and I guarantee no one would tell the difference. Take Katy Perry's "Extraterrestrial" and change the instrumentation around, put Dave Grohl in front of the mic, and it could be a Foo Fighters song (given it'd need different lyrics).

I'm not attacking you so much as I'm taking issue with your seemingly random praise of one artist for being mainstream while taking a shot at another for doing the same thing. People want to sing the chorus of "Fireworks" because it's a huge, homerun of a pop chorus, the exact same kind of choruses Dave Grohl has built his career upon.

tl;dr Foo Fighters = Katy Perry
06:45 AM on 04/13/11
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I'm going to take issue with that last paragraph. Why take a shot at Katy Perry for putting out formulaic pop after spending the entire review praising Foo Fighters for formulaic rock. Although you use different language for both, Foo Fighters have been on autopilot since they broke into the mainstream. These guys have literally been putting out the same brand of single-drive radio rock albums every two years since before most of us even listened to music. Foo Fighters aren't "filling a void," they're playing into it. Take away the guitars and drums and replace them with synthesizers, put Katy Perry in Grohl's place, and I guarantee no one would tell the difference. Take Katy Perry's "Extraterrestrial" and change the instrumentation around, put Dave Grohl in front of the mic, and it could be a Foo Fighters song (given it'd need different lyrics).

I'm not attacking you so much as I'm taking issue with your seemingly random praise of one artist for being mainstream while taking a shot at another for doing the same thing. People want to sing the chorus of "Fireworks" because it's a huge, homerun of a pop chorus, the exact same kind of choruses Dave Grohl has built his career upon.

tl;dr Foo Fighters = Katy Perry
That was rough to read. Foo Fighters may release the same sorta music with each release but it is consistently good. Not every song makes it to the radio and the ones that do should be praised because real rock is scarce on the radio.A shot at Katy Perry or not, Foo Fighters have a discography that fans can get by. A pop formula that pop stars use these days will not last them forever.

Foo Fighters =/= Katy Perry *sigh*
07:12 AM on 04/13/11
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Awesome review! The only thing I disagree with is your opinion on "I Should Have Known," but other than that you hit the nail on the head.
07:18 AM on 04/13/11
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07:21 AM on 04/13/11
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Take away the guitars and drums and replace them with synthesizers, put Katy Perry in Grohl's place, and I guarantee no one would tell the difference. Take Katy Perry's "Extraterrestrial" and change the instrumentation around, put Dave Grohl in front of the mic, and it could be a Foo Fighters song (given it'd need different lyrics).

you mean if you changed everything about the song and turned it into a katy perry song? if you changed the time signatures, had the band work with nigel godrich, and dave grohl was able to do one of the world's finest falsettos, then they'd be radiohead.
07:27 AM on 04/13/11
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I Should Have Know is a great song, especially in the penultimate position. And while Back & Forth is a great song and one of the album's most instantly memorable, the best song on the album it is not: that title belongs to Walk, which is the best closer these guys have ever penned.
07:30 AM on 04/13/11
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You write with such conviction, great review..
07:30 AM on 04/13/11
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great review
07:38 AM on 04/13/11
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I agree with your last paragraph. I have told people for the last five years this: Dave is the only true (living) rock star. Period. There may be bands like Foo, but no one is as commanding as Dave.

It was a nice review, but I do have one tip, one writer to another: watch those cliches. They sound hokey and I know you can come up with something better in those cases. That's not to say you do it all the time, it's just my two cents.
07:40 AM on 04/13/11
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Great review. I just don't see Back & Forth being the best song on the record and I Should Have Known being a track to skip over. I actually see I Should Have Known being one of the strongest and most honest songs on the record, and Back & Forth being the skip worthy track.
07:46 AM on 04/13/11
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pretty sure if you've heard one Foo Fighters song, you've heard them all. They are the AC/DC of the 90s-2000s...everything sounds the same.

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