I’ve been hanging out for a Foo Fighters greatest hits for years, but respectfully so, since many a group releases such a collection after a couple of albums, or more precisely, after a contractual break from their record company. But this is not the case here, with easily enough material behind them to justify such a release, Dave Grohl & co comfort us with a warm glow of life after grunge, being amongst the forerunners of making it ok to enjoy rock music again.
My main gripe would be the transformation to m.o.r rock, a label I didn’t think possible, but when you hear the new song ‘wheels’ on the local easy listening pop station it all but screams ‘adult contemporary’, which most of the fans who discovered the Foo Fighters in their youth would be loathe to admit. Even if it might, alas, prove true of the core, reserved seating type fan base these days, yet gladly, not alienating the hard rock, general admission, standing-for-the-whole-concert, preferring punters just yet either.
Its top heavy on the newer tracks, notably there’s no I’ll Stick Around or Resolve. One doesn’t really need an acoustic version or more than one new track, at least, not at the expense of some of the earlier classics which would’ve more accurately rounded out the band’s career progression, but the DVD of music videos is Pretty. Darn. Awesome. And also further reaching on the material. If you’ve seen the videos you know what I’m talking about, the marvellous parody of the Mentos commercials in Big Me and the cheesy, role-playing, saving the world-esque majesty of Learning to Fly, complete with Tenacious D cameo…a valid exchange for Dave Grohl’s demon performance in their Tribute clip.
Overall, a sound collection and perfect for casual listeners who like the radio singles and aren’t interested in a more diverse discography snapshot.