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Album Review

Given that the Foo Fighters released a double-album comprised of one electric record and one acoustic album, it's no surprise that they performed several acoustic concerts on its supporting tour. One of these, a stop at the Pantages Theater in Los Angeles, is documented on the 2006 live album Skin and Bones album, which culls 15 highlights from the show. Although the Foo Fighters are performing on acoustics and are buttressed by such guest musicians as Petra Haden and Dave Grohl's former Nirvana running partner Pat Smear, the band doesn't sound radically different here, nor do they reinvent their material: they merely play their music, culled largely from the last album plus the hits, with the skill of professionals and the heart of true believers, which makes this an engaging show if not necessarily a truly compelling one. Part of the problem is that the production is too crisp and clean, which only accentuates the group's seamless performances: there may be grit in Grohl's voice, but not in how it's recorded. This isn't a deal-breaker, but it makes an album that could have been special into one that is merely good. One for the fans, then. [Skin and Bones was also released on LP.]

Customer Reviews

I love the Foo Fighters

Are you serious that I'm the first review?! Am I the only person on Earth who likes the Foo Fighters?! These acoustic versions of these songs are incredible. Acoustic songs really show how good the singers voice is,and Dave Grohl is an incredible singer. Don't not buy the album because it's acoustic. Its just like a normal live cd. I actually forgot it was acoustic. Thats how good it is. The best song on this album is best of you because its just like on In Your Honor,and just as good. If you dont buy the whole thing,buy Best of You.Youll love it

Foo Fighters are much more than hard core rock

It is sometimes missed by people the talent level of Foo Fighters and David Grohl in particular because it is often hidden beneath their hard core alternative rock and Grohl's screaming, gum chewing and cussing. But make no mistake, Grohl is a musical genius and Foo Fighters are his homage to music. This acoustic Foo Fighters ages well and demonstrates not only Grohl's talent as a musician, but also as a song writer. This digital recording is no fluke. Anyone who has read anything about Grohl knows Grohl has spent his whole life honing his craft. This is a special talent. Enjoy.

More is not always better...

The problem with this album, while it is nice to get that Foo Fighters instrumental edge in a more acoustic rendering, there is too much of the live atmosphere recorded. The screaming crowd interruptions, especially on "Razor," can really ruin an otherwise great track.


Formed: 1995 in Seattle, WA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

When Foo Fighters released a debut album written and recorded entirely by leader Dave Grohl -- at that point known only as the powerhouse drummer for Nirvana -- in the summer of 1995, few would have guessed that the group would wind up as the one band to survive the '90s alt-rock explosion unscathed. Other bands burned brighter but they flamed out, breaking up after scoring a hit or two, while the Foos steadily racked up success after success, filling stadiums around the world while staying on top...
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