Sonic Highways

Foo Fighters - Sonic Highways
Critic Score
Based on 32 reviews
2014 Ratings: #793 / 956
User Score
Based on 186 ratings
2014 Ratings: #502
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November 10, 2014 / Release Date
LP / Format
Roswell / Label
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Time Out London

Grohl drew inspiration from the musical icons of each city before writing, granting a nostalgic maturity to a set of meteoric rock songs that pay homage to the musicians that came before him.


While the journey isn't quite as as spectacular as you'd hope, the destination is reassuringly familiar: Foo Fighters making fist-pumping rock'n'roll.

Rolling Stone

Despite the high concept, this isn't exactly a major overhaul for the Foos: The eight songs on Sonic Highways have the same monster guitar crunch, pummeling crescendos and hard-pleading bridges found on every album they've made this millennium.


Consumed with its corresponding multimedia parts, Sonic Highways demands respect for its impressive collaborations and creative conceptualization and production.

A.V. Club

Grohl’s quest is representative of an enthusiasm—rounded out by some overwrought lyrics—nearly swallowing itself alive, sure, but with Foo Fighters, hating the game seems more right than hating the player.


The composite cityscape seen on Sonic Highways’ front cover proves to be all-too emblematic of the album’s overall sound: a hodgepodge of aesthetic signifiers that get swallowed up into a monolithic whole.


The downside of all this rock'n'roll reverence, at least for the music of Sonic Highways, is it sounds like an album made by music fanboys, rather than the work of a band at the peak of their creative powers.

Consequence of Sound

The album plays out more like a bonus feature, something that can enhance the series’ enjoyment or simply further inform the experience, similar to last year’s accompanying album for Sound City. On its own, however, Sonic Highways is the most glaring musical misstep in their career.

If there is anything worth praising about Sonic Highways, it is that Grohl made a solid effort to at least try and do something different stylistically with Foo Fighters, although perhaps not in sound.

The songs here sound like pretty typical Foo Fighters at this point, with nothing really sonically feeling like a development. Worth noting is that these songs are by and large much longer and therefore are inherently a little less radio-friendly. And thank god for it, as Foo Fighters at this ... read more
It's one of the better Foo Fighters album i've heard as I am not a huge fan of this band. This one has a lot of nice sounding riffs and melodies. A bit of Dio influence in here.
A boring album with an interesting story. I find it ironic how every song sounds so generic and similar to the others despite how each track is meant to be unique to represent their own city.

Best Track: Something From Nothing
Worst Track: In The Clear
I thought I was the only person who wasn't satisfied with this album, turns out I'm not. It's such a weak assembly of songs that draw inspiration from just other places and come up so...mundane...
I only like the first song
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Year End Lists

#12/Rolling Stone

Track List

  1. Something From Nothing
  2. The Feast and The Famine
  3. Congregation
  4. What Did I Do?/God As My Witness
  5. Outside
  6. In The Clear
  7. Subterranean
  8. I Am A River
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Added on: August 11, 2014