There Is Nothing Left to Lose

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Barnes & Noble - Jon Dolan
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Jon Dolan
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.
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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/2/1999
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 078636789224
  • Catalog Number: 67892
  • Sales rank: 25,844

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Stacked Actors (4:17)
  2. 2 Breakout (3:20)
  3. 3 Learn to Fly (3:56)
  4. 4 Gimme Stitches (3:42)
  5. 5 Generator (3:49)
  6. 6 Aurora (5:51)
  7. 7 Live-In Skin (3:53)
  8. 8 Next Year (4:38)
  9. 9 Headwires (4:38)
  10. 10 Ain't It the Life (4:15)
  11. 11 M.I.A. (4:07)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Foo Fighters Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Technical Credits
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
Preston Gates Construction Contributor
Gabby Skolnek Contributor
Stahl Family Contributor
Cathryn Suko Contributor
Tenacious D Contributor
Trouble Contributor
Verben Contributor
Nixon Watches Contributor
J.J. Contributor
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2011

    years late...i know

    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 one...no good...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Thank You Nate Mendal

    "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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    casual alternative listener

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Nothing to Lose, All to Gain

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    this is an awesome CD!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    awsome

    i love this this album man! it is the BOMB!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I love this album!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    great cd

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    What a Fantastic CD!

    I believe that this is a CD made in heaven! Myself and my friends listen to it all the time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Unbelievable

    If you thought that their first two C-D's were great, you aint seen nothing yet. This is definetely their best ever

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Finally????

    The Foo Fighters newest creation have given us some of the best melodies I've heard in years...excellent job boys... keep it up..

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