Written by: Rob Latham
Personally I’m not a massive fan of bands releasing greatest hits collections while still in their prime as it suggests that the rest of the music they continue to produce will not reach the same high standards.
However, after an incredible 14 years in which they have recorded six studio albums, it cannot be denied that the Foo Fighters‘ collection of Greatest Hits is a fantastic album, compiling a handful of their biggest hits all into one album that will please their most ardent fans and anyone new to the band.
The album opens up with the classic, high tempo “All My Life” with its instantly recognizable muted guitar chords during the opening verse, launching into a heavy frantic riff as the song bursts into life, then a classic singalong Foo Fighters chorus.
Next up is the epic “Best of You” with frontman Dave Grohl opening up a capella, followed by the floating guitar riff before another chorus that is simply impossible not to join in and sing along too.
The album is jam-packed with timeless classic upbeat rock songs, including “Everlong,” “The Pretender” and “Learn To Fly” but the pick of them all is the huge “My Hero” and the energetically raw “Breakout.”
The album is rounded off by the inclusion of two brand new, previously unreleased and fairly disappointing tracks “Wheels” and “Word Forward,” whose inclusion on a greatest hits collection is pretty dubious considering the wealth of Foo Fighters singles not selected on the album, namely “In Your Honor” and “Stacked Actors” to name but two.
A final hurrah on the album is an impressive acoustic rendition of “Everlong,” which ends the album very much on a high.
For anyone somehow still unfamiliar with Foo Fighters this album is an absolute must have, and for any die-hard fan of the band you probably already have all the tracks, be it on CD or on your IPod, so why would you bother?