Fine Effort Lacks Staying Power
Nathan | 02/15/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I always felt that a song's ability to withstand the test of time was the true measure of its value, and not much can be said in that regard for There Is Nothing Left to Lose. Now, don't get me wrong - it's a fine album. But it's not the Foo Fighters' best album. There are plenty of catchy songs on it, but compared to other efforts in the band's collection, there is nothing remarkable about this album, as much as it pains me to say it.
"Learn to Fly" got a lot of radio play (and a hilarious video to go along with it, as the Foo often do), and some other solid songs are sprinkled into the album - my favorites being "Headwires" and "Generator." Ultimately, though, the delivery is more or less flat. I think the biggest problem with the album is that there's nothing musically new or challenging for the band; it's almost as though they're beating a dead horse. This was corrected on every subsequent album.
I am an enormous Foo Fighters fan, and I adore all their CDs. This one just happens to be the weakest in the collection."