Sonic Highways

Foo Fighters - Sonic Highways
Critic Score
Based on 27 reviews
2014 Ratings: #686 / 845
User Score
Based on 134 ratings
2014 Ratings: #399
November 10, 2014 / Release Date
LP / Format
Roswell / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
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.

70
NME

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.

70
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.

70
Paste

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

67
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.

56
Pitchfork

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.

50
Exclaim!

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.

43
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.

Tielur
45
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...
kappachino
50
I only like the first song
gas_souza
71
Something From Nothing - 80
The Feast and The Famine - 70
Congregation - 70
What Did I Do?/God As My Witness - 70
Outside - 75
In The Clear - 70
Subterranean - 70
I Am A River - 65
Emme_Strt
60
un paso mas al descenso de la banda foo fighters, sin buen mensaje, ni buena musica. conserva esencias pero no conserva ingenio.
Tallglassofwate
20
My opinion of the Foo Fighters has always been that they're not as good as I wish they were. The first two albums from the Foo's are fantastic LPs and I still enjoy them both to this day. But it's a sharp descent from there at least in my opinion. This album, many years after the Foo Fighter's brief golden age, is a continual reminder for me that they are a shadow of their former self. On paper, there was no reason to expect good things from this album. The Foo Fighters, a band that hasn't ... read more
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#12/Rolling Stone
#13/CraveOnline

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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