Fans loved the Foos' 5th record upon release. "No Way Back" and the earth-shaking "Best of You" was exactly what the doctor had ordered. Definitely looking forward to the next one.
Wait... there's a disc 2? Oh yes, and it sounds nothing like disc 1.
The Foos' first double album was hard-hitting on the front end but featured primarily acoustic cuts for its second half. Suddenly the Foo Fighters were writing tracks that sounded like they belonged on a Norah Jones record.
Not only were these songs much more stripped down, but Dave Grohl took the time to write emotionally revealing lyrics. These songs ranged from fatherhood ("Miracle") to mortality ("On the Mend"), to paying tribute to late Nirvana bandmate, Kurt Cobain ("Friend of a Friend.")
Seeing the band in this new setting helped them gain the respect of people more in tune with songwriting than moshing. This gave the Foos free reign to combine mellow and aggro on future songs like "The Pretender" and "Something from Nothing."
A great song doesn't necessarily need to blow out your eardrums to speak to your soul.
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