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There's a certain sameness to the spiky, percussive bursts of punk-pop tabled by the Foo Fighters. Yet it's pretty hard to fault players as palpably enthusiastic as Dave Grohl and his gang. Every Foos record, up to and including their fourth studio disc,One by One, fluently merges rock menace with unabashedly cheery melody and thoughtful if cryptic lyrics. (And those videos!) So while insistent, guiterrorized tracks like "All My Life" and "Times Like These (One-Way Motorway)" don't expand the Foos' oeuvre, they're catchy as hell and well worth the price of admission. Those searching for veiledNirvana/Courtneyreferences will no doubt unearth them (or unearth what seem like veiled references), while longtime fans can relax in the knowledge that a seasoned pro like Grohl knows better than to muck with a winning formula.--Kim Hughes
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Label:  RCA
ArtistFoo Fighters
Release Date:  October 22, 2002
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review by . June 09, 2003
posted in Music Matters
This is Foo Fighters at their hard rocking best. Their prior album was just a bit too mellow...we'd like to hear them rock out more, yet keep it melodic. ONE BY ONE delivers this. That's not to say there aren't some "slow" songs, but they are in the minority.First of all, ALL MY LIFE is their best song ever. It's rare for me to really LIKE a song after just one listen, but this one grabbed me instantly. It really drives, and after many listens, I'm still not the least bit tired of it. TIMES LIKE …
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