There Is Nothing Left to Lose

There Is Nothing Left to Lose

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by Foo Fighters

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On the surface, it seems as if Dave Grohl has made the wrong decision. Just as bands like Creed and Sevendust are hitting Billboard pay dirt by amping, sludging, and, occasionally, hip-hopping up ye auld sounds of Seattle circa 1991, Grohl has decided to explore his more restrained, contemplative side. Sure, the Foo…  See more details below


On the surface, it seems as if Dave Grohl has made the wrong decision. Just as bands like Creed and Sevendust are hitting Billboard pay dirt by amping, sludging, and, occasionally, hip-hopping up ye auld sounds of Seattle circa 1991, Grohl has decided to explore his more restrained, contemplative side. Sure, the Foo Fighters' third album opens up with a punkified slug fest that could make the Melvins proud, but when it settles down we're whisked off to a weird private space between NEVERMIND and the Zombies' "She's Not There," where Grohl's vocals vacillate from folky tenderness to hopped-up moaning. And so it goes throughout THERE IS NOTHING TO LOSE, where each anthemic rave-up is a channel to a poppy maturity. Such tendencies are brilliantly balanced on the sweet, spiky "Breakout" and the dreamy single "Learn to Fly," which expand on the sound of the band's huge hit, "Big Me," and clear the way for the jangly "Next Year" and kicky pop-rocker "Generator." Still, Dave seems happy sailing past industry standard. The gorgeous country-rocker "Ain't It the Life" practically bellows the message that life's better here as it basks in its contented daydream believin', and the sound of Grohl maturing away from punk without getting soft or simple is quite a pleasure. Ultimately, he's proven that you don't have to be a slathering rap-metal meathead or a Goo-y pop tart to make potent, passionate alt-rock in the midst of the post-grunge boom he helped invent. Now that's maturity.

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Foo Fighters were the most unexpectedly mercurial band in '90s rock, boasting a different lineup for each of their three albums. The ever-shifting membership didn't help erase the image that the group was merely a vehicle for Dave Grohl, and made it seem like Grohl was something of a dictator, at least to some biased outside observers. That's why their third record, There Is Nothing Left to Lose, comes as somewhat of a surprise. It is the first Foo Fighters album that sounds like the work of a unified, muscular band, and the first one that rocks really hard. A lot of credit should go to Adam Kasper, who produced the record with the band. There Is Nothing Left to Lose has a stripped-down sound and an immediate attack that makes even the poppier numbers rock hard. The organic, natural sound is welcome, but the album also benefits from the strongest set of songs Grohl and Foo Fighters have yet written. There are the typical strong singles, but there's no fat or filler; each track has a memorable hook or melody, and they seem all the more catchy because they're delivered with conviction and confidence. And that's why the album sounds like the first true band album Foo Fighters have made -- the group sounds assured and confident, where they previously seemed like they had something to prove. It's as if they know they have few peers in straight-ahead post-grunge hard rock, so they're willing just to lie back and turn out a solid set of 11 songs. They make it sound easy and fun, and that's what really sets them apart from their contemporaries. That and the fact that they're getting better as they're losing members and growing older, which is certainly a rarity in rock & roll.

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Black Sabbath   Contributor
Stewart Copeland   Contributor
Queen   Contributor
Richard Gibson   Contributor
Ian Beveridge   Contributor
Gary Gersh   Contributor
Adam Kasper   Producer,Engineer
Bob Ludwig   Mastering
Krist Novoselic   Contributor
Allen Sides   Contributor
Geoff Turner   Contributor
Foo Fighters   Composer,Producer,Art Direction
Lee Johnson   Contributor
Henry Marquez   Art Direction
John Cutcliffe   Contributor
Tim Gabor   Contributor
Craig Overbay   Contributor
John Silva   Contributor
Jim Swanson   Contributor
Earnie Baily   Contributor
Basich Family   Contributor
Michelle Bedrick   Contributor
Muill Berrliner   Contributor
Black Cat   Contributor
Gus Brandt   Contributor
Anton Brookes   Contributor
Bethann Buddenbaum   Contributor
Chickdaddy   Contributor
C.Ore Hard   Contributor
Ric Creason   Contributor
Dou Dou   Contributor
Henry Fields   Contributor
Grohl Family   Contributor
Lisa Grohl   Contributor
Hawkins Family   Contributor
John Kleemola   Contributor
Paul Masterdone   Contributor
Michael Meisel   Contributor
Nasty Little Man   Contributor
Tos Niewehuizen   Contributor
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Gabby Skolnek   Contributor
Stahl Family   Contributor
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Tenacious D   Contributor
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There Is Nothing Left to Lose 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
but THIS album was the last great one by the foo fighters, then that ear soar one by one was released last album of any interest was echos...the latest good...
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you thought that their first two C-D's were great, you aint seen nothing yet. This is definetely their best ever
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Foo Fighters newest creation have given us some of the best melodies I've heard in years...excellent job boys... keep it up..
Guest More than 1 year ago
I believe that this is a CD made in heaven! Myself and my friends listen to it all the time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
well as a fan of the foo fighters since 1995, i thought this band was going to be sick of everything well i was wrong after hearing there is nothing left to lose. the sound of this cd just clicked hard in my mind and i was shocked so fast. major good job by the foo fighters.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album has a little bit of everything in it. For the kinda soft yet good songs, they have Aurora, M.I.A., Next Year and Live-in-skin. For the faster songs they have Breakout, and Stacked Actors. Plus, for the Alternative/pop songs there are, Learn To Fly, Generator, and Gimme stitches.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i love this this album man! it is the BOMB!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is their staple in the Rock world. They will be around for a long time after this album. This is one of a few albums that I can actually listen from start to finish. I feel this is only the beginning.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this CD from start to finish! Especially the song stacked actors. It has earned a perma place in my CD case. Line up those bs all I want is the truth! Wooo-Hooo!
Guest More than 1 year ago
While the first two albums had memorable songs, and strong hit singles, you tend to go back to those tracks over and over again. There Is Nothing Left To Lose makes you want to listen to the album over and over again. Every track is memorable, and leaves you with a certain sense after listning to it. It starts with ''Stacked Actors'' a strong track about Hollywood and how it glamors everything up. ''Breakout'' supplies energy in strong force and leaves you aching for more. The hit single ''Learn To Fly'' (the hilarious video accompanies the CD on the Enhanced CD section) is more in spirit to the first album. ''Aurora'', described as the dreamy prom-night song, leaves the listner calm and peaceful. ''Next Year'', my favorite track, with lines like 'I'm in the sky tonight, there I can keep by your side' and 'Everything's all right up here if I come down--I'll be comeing home next year' provides the listner with a sense of everything being all right in the end. The album ends with ''MIA'' a track of fellings with wanting to get away from it all, getting away from everyone. This is the Foo Fighters best album yet.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I rarely purchase any music genre outside of r&b and funk/jazz. I am at most a casual listener of alternative, so when I heard Learn to Fly during a typical station jumping episode, I decided to listen to song samples and see if I might like the cd. Not only did I like it, I play it constantly. It is rare to find a cd where every song is as good as the singles. There is not a bad track on here. I haven't purchased any of the older cd's, but I am certainly now I fan.
Guest More than 1 year ago
"Aurora" is without doubt the most gorgeous song you will ever find on a Foo Fighters album. It is a beautiful and transcendent work of art, full of that urgent, fleeting essence of living. I'm not kidding. Many tracks here are very good, such as "Stacked Actors" and "Headwires", but it is "Aurora" which secures this album as the Foo Fighters' masterwork. Listen closely for Nate Mendal's bass lines (it's not just Dave that makes this band great).
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