Essentially a collection of solo home recordings by Dave Grohl, Foo Fighters' eponymous debut is a modest triumph. Driven by big pop melodies and distorted guitars, Foo Fighters do strongly recall Nirvana, only with a decidedly lighter approach. If Kurt Cobain's writing occasionally recalled John Lennon, Dave Grohl's songs are reminiscent of Paul McCartney -- they're driven by large, instantly memorable melodies, whether it's the joyous outburst of "This Is a Call" or the gentle pop of "Big Me." That doesn't mean Grohl shies away from noise; toward the end of the record, he piles on several thrashers that make more sense as pure aggressive sound than as songs. Since he recorded the album by himself, they aren't as powerful as most band's primal sonic workouts, but the results are damn impressive for a solo musician. Nevertheless, they aren't as strong as his fully formed pop songs, and that's where the true heart of the album lies. Foo Fighters has a handful of punk-pop gems that show, given the right musicians and songwriters, the genre had not entirely become a cliché by the middle of the '90s.
Performance CreditsFoo Fighters Primary Artist
Pat Smear Guitar
Greg Dulli Guitar
Dave Grohl Guitar,Vocals
William Goldsmith Drums
Nate Mendel Bass
Technical CreditsDave Grohl Composer
Foo Fighters Producer
Steve Culp Engineer
Barrett Jones Producer
Jaq Chartier Paintings
Tim Gabor Art Direction
Jennifer Youngblood Cover Photo
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
totally awesome considering its done all by dave grohl himself. Also its amazing that he did this not to long after Kurt Cobain died.
I Love this cd!!!!! Dave U ROCK!!!!!!! I Love You!HottiE!!!!!