Foo Fighters - One by One (Cover Artwork)

Foo Fighters

Foo Fighters: One by OneOne by One (2002)
Sony Music

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Following their commercially successful third album, There is Nothing Left to Lose, Dave Grohl and company suited up after a lengthy 2001 tour, to create one of the best albums of the year. Gleaming in the shadows of rock immortality, the Foo's have created an absolute classic, with no slowing down.
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Following their commercially successful third album, There is Nothing Left to Lose, Dave Grohl and company suited up after a lengthy 2001 tour, to create one of the best albums of the year. Gleaming in the shadows of rock immortality, the Foo's have created an absolute classic, with no slowing down in sight.

The Foo's previous three albums contained many songs that we all found ourselves humming at work, in the car or in class. Irresistable songs like: Monkey Wrench, Big Me, Everlong and Learn to Fly.

Well, we can't hum anymore, we have to scream.

Amidst a drinking problem with their drummer Taylor (I used to play drums for Alanis Morrisette) Hawkins, Chris Shiflett's departure to attend Me First and the Gimme Gimme shows, Nate Mendel's search for a cure for AIDS, and Dave's stint in QOTSA, the Foo's still found time in Dave's basement that seems to put an end to the "rock is dead" comments.

Dave grows from a mild-mannered rock singer to a wild, throat ripping screamer within a just few notes while the band keeps on.

The lyrics show vulnerability and have a taste of self-doubt hidden between the screams of the guitars and the thunder of drums.

"Down and out again/but I'm down and out with you."

Almost romantic at times with songs like Disenchanted Lullaby, which just cries out to be a lost song from the Frank Black or Neil Young catelogs. The first classic rock album since the 70's. Take your lighters out, sing every word, breathe every note. Their songs are stronger and better than ever before. Dave is finally growing up, in his own special way.

This album shows a lot of stuggle and confession in it's lyrics, but they make it certain that the Foo's will be around for a long time and they haven't yet begun to amaze you. They have nothing left to lose.

It's not quite grunge anymore, its better. Mixing great production with intelligent lyrics and crunching guitars, One by One takes every other album released this year, kicks their ass from behind, and then they turn around, never knowing who did it.

"Done, done, and I'm on to the next one."


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Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not respon sible for them in any way. Seriously.
PublicNudity (August 25, 2010)

"I'm a dirty hippie that shits his pants

I listen to the Foo Fighters too and masturbate to them."

Congratulations :P .

Anonymous (April 12, 2004)

I'm a dirty hippie that shits his pants

I listen to the Foo Fighters too and masturbate to them

Anonymous (January 15, 2004)

hippie shit..boring

Anonymous (October 5, 2003)

this record deserves a 10. sure. and i'd let my 7 year old brother spend a night with michael jackson.

VujaDe (February 26, 2003)

Haha !!! Its finally happening...Punk rocks finally dying and Alt. Rockis Coming back!! Music went downhill after soundgarden brokeup, and all we have left is Pearl Jam...but its coming full cirle. Bring back Bush, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Weezer....get rid of fuckin Rufio.

Anonymous (January 11, 2003)

hey, this album really touched me.

Anonymous (January 8, 2003)

this album does NOT DESERVE A TEN!!! I mean, you hand out tens like candy, then defend it by saying "it really touched me" or something. the foo fighters suck, but they has a cool name. I guess since I'm forced to give them 1 point, it'll go to that.

waste_elite (January 8, 2003)

the foo fighters have a message?

Anonymous (January 8, 2003)

i loved their s/t and colour and the shape. then nothing left to lose came out and they got bad fast. this record? eh, ok, but not worth shelling out $15 in my opinion. i'm going to put that $15 to something worth seeing like the casualties show next week. that's after i spend $200 on bondage trousers and hair gel.

Anonymous (January 7, 2003)

i don't know, i used to think the foo fighters were ok. now i just hate them, as they got louder it's like their message that i dont particularily like what they have to say really, got stronger and now i hate them

Anonymous (January 7, 2003)

punknews.org is selling out!!!!

Anonymous (January 7, 2003)

I agree with earlier comments ... the first few songs are good, then it sort of trails off. Don't get me wrong, the rest of the album is "okay" ...Only incentive to buy it is the "Free Movie Ticket" offer they've been running. Typical movie ticket these days $13, price of CD $15 = not a bad deal.

Anonymous (January 6, 2003)

I wouldnt think that this album is all that special but they play a song in 7.......... Nobody does that now...........and it is alot different than most of the crap out there......Not even comparable to "The colour and the shape" though.... that was a classic

maverick (January 6, 2003)

To the guy who said this:

"I think Punknews should adopt the Maximum Rock N' Roll policy of not reviewing anything by bands affiliated with major record labels. Not because we should be snobs, but bands on majors get enough advertising and promo without sites like these. Punknews should be about distributing information about good bands that don't have the luxury or resources of getting their name out there."

We run 20 reviews a week. The majority of those are of bands on the smaller end of the scale, but we still run reviews for big bands. Let's look at what's in the new reviews section currently:
Red Hot Valentines/Retro Morning split - 429 hits
Turning Point Discography - 416 hits
Nekromantix - 579 hits

Then, on the other end of the spectrum, we have these:
AFI's 10" - 2023 hits
Get Up Kids - 1173 hits
Foo Fighters - 1647 hits

We publish tons of tinier bands reviews, but you guys never read them. The numbers don't lie. More people want to read about the new Foo Fighters album then the new Red Hot Valentines/Retro Morning split CD. Don't blame us for not providing diverse content; blame your peers for not wanting to be educated.

We can't spoon feed you.


siropsycho (January 6, 2003)

wow, that's surprising that someone said they were an awful live band

when i saw them live they kicked serious ass....i'm not a fool that's seen like 3 bands his entire life either

i've seen tons of bands and they were seriously one of the best...i guess i just got lucky then

Anonymous (January 6, 2003)

Haha! I pity the fool who forks over 18 bucks for 11 songs! SUCKAS!

Anonymous (January 5, 2003)

Their new single redefines awful.

Anonymous (January 5, 2003)

Yeah...but then that wouldn't be total anarchy!

Anonymous (January 5, 2003)

I think Punknews should adopt the Maximum Rock N' Roll policy of not reviewing anything by bands affiliated with major record labels. Not because we should be snobs, but bands on majors get enough advertising and promo without sites like these. Punknews should be about distributing information about good bands that don't have the luxury or resources of getting their name out there.

Anonymous (January 5, 2003)

god fucking dammit stop posting major label alterna crap here. you're not welcome.

Anonymous (January 4, 2003)

boy was i let down with this record. the first 5 songs or so are good but the rest of the record is horrible. its like dave ran out of new ideas and started recycling old material. major disappointment.

Anonymous (January 4, 2003)

I actually like the song believe it or not. It's catchy and reasonably "hard" for a song recieving airplay. It (in my opinion) some of the best stuff I've heard on the radio since Nirvana's days. I mean radio has had some good stuff recently (ie. Pennywise & Bad Religion).

evildeadalive (January 4, 2003)

Thanks for pointing that out. I don't think a single person said Dave Grohl sucks. Foo Fighters, on the other hand, well that's a different story... 'One by One'- you all need to get over that song, it's ridiculously overplayed, and, to tell the truth, kinda annoying.

Anonymous (January 4, 2003)

Grohl was in fucking Nirvana! If it wasn't for Nirvana, you wouldn't be have your shitty ass music you listen to today.

Anonymous (January 4, 2003)

The first four songs, "Tired," and "Comeback" are all great. The rest of the album isn't all that good, but still OK. Anyone else think that "Lonely As You" sounds like 311? But the Foo Fighters are still an awesome band, and I would definitely go and see them live.

Anonymous (January 4, 2003)

I have alot of respect for the foo fighters but this CD left me flat.I think that the foo fighters are at their best when their songs are crafty,hummable,memorable.It sounds to me like dave grohls running out of creative ideas.The melodies just dont go anywhere Like they have in previous records.I was pissed when I heard it.Very disappointed

Anonymous (January 4, 2003)

This isn't AMAZING but it is great in comparison to what is usually on MTV. I catch MTV from time to time and it seems everything else is either pop or pop rap. That video was a breath of fresh air as far as MTV goes.

Anonymous (January 3, 2003)

They've done incredible songs (Hero, Everlong) and they've also done some pure shit (last record).

They are hit or miss with me, but I'd still take them over 95% of the mainstream rock bands out there now.

Anonymous (January 3, 2003)


waste_elite (January 2, 2003)

i never got what's so great about this band

Anonymous (January 2, 2003)

Gusto? I have all the Guttermouth CD's up to Gorgeous--but even I wouldn't wipe my ass with that piece of crap!

Anonymous (January 2, 2003)

All FF albums are really good--well written music and especially the vocal harmonies. But "One by One" has really 5 superb stand out tracks--1, 2, 3, 4, 12 and maybe 8. 5 really good ones--not 2 radio hits and 3 so sos--should prompt you to buy this album.

If you own TCATS right now already, then this one's got your number...

Otherwise, get TCATS first, and then get One by One to appreciate it better...

CallingLondon (January 2, 2003)

i bought this album a few days ago after reading/hearing so many good things about it. everyone said how it's their best album blah blah blah. with that said, it's a pretty good album. i wouldn't rate it a 10 by any means, but maybe an 8. there are some really good songs on there but then there are some stupid songs too. if you want to own a foo fighters album then this one wouldn't be bad.

rightcliqificus (January 2, 2003)

This is a pretty good album.. Anybody who favors "There is nothing left to lose" over this one is nuts, but thats their own opinion. Next, I'd have to say the ALL MY LIFE isn't anywhere near being the best song on the record. i almost didn't buy it cuzza that song. its generic. its a song i've heard a million times before. and somebody below said that they were a great live band. i've seen them twice live and i have a couple of bootlegs. they are one of the worst live bands i've ever heard, unless you're at one of the first shows of a tour. after that, dave kinda gives up. he chews gum while singing. he burps while singing and he's really sloppy on the guitar. they're still fun to see, just for the energy, but the music quality isn't that hot. i haven't seen them with shiflett. i saw them with franz once and pat before that. they always have a couple of really terrible songs on a record, but many songs are really fun to sing along to, even if the lyrics don't mean anything. it sounds like he's just trying to come up with cool sounding rock lyrics, rather than actually saying anything meaningful. and BIG ME is annoying. it was funny at first with the video, but he repeats the same thing over and over again for 3 minutes. kinda disappointing really. best song on each record? ST: Alone Easy Target. Colour and Shape: Hey Johnny Park! There is nothing left to lose: M.I.A. (great catchy chorus with a solid buildup.One By One: Times Like These. Those are my picks, so fuck you.

Anonymous (January 2, 2003)

This grade is for their single. The "done, done, and on to the next one" thing is so repetitive and stupid I have to mute my TV every time they show it on 120 minutes. But 120 minutes... man I hadn't watched that in years and I watched it last week and now all they show is emo and that teeny bopper fuck from Dashboard Confessional hosts it! I used to watch Dead Boys videos and Clash live clips, but now all they have is 30 year old acoustic strummers looking for cash!

Anonymous (January 1, 2003)

After watching that MTV new years eve thing I was laughing my ass off. Those bands (with the exception of FF) were terrible. Absolutely horrid. I mean, I didn't like any of them anyway, but I was curious as to if they were energetic live. Good Charlotte had ZERO energy, they sounded just like their record (which sucks by the way) and they just kind of stood there. After seeing Black Flag or Rise Against play live you just really can't watch this weak shit. Those of you who haven't don't know what your missing. Buy a dvd.

Anonymous (January 1, 2003)

Dave was actually in Scream near the end of their days. He wasn't the singer he was a drumer i believe, he wasn't in the original lineup. But he still rocks and Scream rocked. I may be wrong, but that's what I read in the Dischord book

Anonymous (January 1, 2003)

the colour and the shape is the best foo fighter album.

Anonymous (January 1, 2003)

dave used to be in the dc hardcore band scream way back in the day.

Anonymous (January 1, 2003)

I saw them on tv on their "mtv" performance last night. They were 10 billion times better than ANY other "band" mtv had playing that night. Dave pulled a few good screams. Plus Dave wore a Black Flag shirt and their guitarist had a Clash shirt on.

burstandbloom (January 1, 2003)

Great job on the review; very well written.

Anonymous (January 1, 2003)

"gleaming in the shadows of rock immortality?" what the fuck is that supposed to mean? intelligent reviews are great and all, but that's puzzling...


siropsycho (January 1, 2003)

see this band live, that's all i have to say.

Anonymous (January 1, 2003)

This score is for TenderBransonX's name. Survivor is a great book.
Oh, and it can go to some of the Foo Fighter's songs as well. I seem only to enjoy the songs on the radio, and none of the others, surprisingly enough.

Anonymous (December 31, 2002)

i like that theres a gimme in the band

Anonymous (December 31, 2002)

i agree tenderbranson. on this record (being 3rd best behind s/t and colour and the shape), it seems that many songs went a bit too long into 5 minute song territory. not that its a bad for a song to be 5 minutes long but the foos were always better at the short rockers. i thought the first 4 songs on the record were among the best the foos have ever written but it goes straight downhill from there.

TenderBransonX (December 31, 2002)

I love Foo and it doesn't matter how much people tease me about it I'll keep listening to their cd's. I seen them live one time in Detroit at the State Theatre with Queens of the stone age opening and it was without a doubt THE BEST LIVE SHOW I'VE EVER SEEN. And yes, I've seen alot of shows. There let the comments come on that one. Now on to this cd. Good fucking music but one problem; it seems that every song is just a minute to long. Ever chorus is just repeated once to many. I think they could have shaved a chorus off each of these songs. In some cases maybe two repeats. That said I can't wait to see them live again.

Huey (December 31, 2002)

This sounds like Nirvana and Jawbreaker trying to have sex with Green Day. I'm not digging it. The Foo Fighters are nothing breathtakingly original, and this album goes to show that. This is garbage.

evildeadalive (December 31, 2002)

I can't believe the popularity on here of this radio friendly fodder. Come on, this shit is not that great, and definately nowhere near a five star album. The Foo's are decent for radio music, but that's it. Oh, and Monkey Wrench was a fucking terrible song.

Anonymous (December 31, 2002)

I hate to break it to everyone, but the rest of hte album isn't as good as All my Life. That's by far the hardest song on the album. Now while the Foo Fighters ARE kick ass at making slower, softer songs like "My Hero", "Everlong", "Learn to Fly", "Big Me", etc. the softer songs (the whole album when compared to "All My Life") are not as good as the ones on their older albums.

Anonymous (December 31, 2002)

I have always thought the FF were great people and an okay band. I haven't heard much from this album. But the single "All My Life" that I heard on the radio is REALLY good, so if the rest of this album is up to that then great.

Anonymous (December 31, 2002)

i think the whole QOTSA thing rubbed off on Dave but thats a good thing.

Jake BLues

irish_joo (December 31, 2002)

the foo fighters are one of the more consistent bands in music today

Anonymous (December 31, 2002)

i disagree. i think color and the shape is the best album (everlong is definately their best song i think). the first album is classic. this album is good , the first few songs are amazing, and it tops their last album, but the first 2 are still the best.i put this one third.

Bryne (December 31, 2002)

This album is good.

Not as good as There is Nothing Left to Lose, however.

I've mentioned this before, but "Come Back" is the best song the Foo Fighters have ever recorded.

Anonymous (December 31, 2002)

i think 'all my life' is probably the best new song ive heard on popular radio in years. if the rest of the album is anything at all like that im game.

Anonymous (December 31, 2002)

I don't know. The Foo Fighters don't do much for me. Not only that, but I think this is probably their worst record. I like some of their poppier, more melody-based stuff, but the "rockier" edge they take here seems a bit contrived. Oh well...

Anonymous (December 31, 2002)

cool. i wanted to buy this a few weeks ago, but decided against it because the foo fighters have had such a bad track record making cd's with more than a few good songs on them.
first off it was exhausted. all alone on that boring brown album.
next it was my hero and everlong, mingling amongst all that shit on that poppy blue album.
then it was then first half of that cardboard encrusted white album.
i guess their averages have been getting better.
well, off to the shops i go.
PS. it better be as good as you say or i'm tacking you down and kicking your arse.

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