Rolling Stone - 11/11/99, p.1303.5 stars out of 5
- "...marks a departure [from earlier albums] with a greater emphasis on melody and actual singing....Some grunge romantics may even hear it as a touching...hymn to his splintered former band..."
Entertainment Weekly - 11/5/99, p.82
"...their most accomplished yet....sleekly crafted and lyrically resonant...reveals a sensitive streak that meshes nicely with Grohl's more aggressive inclinations." - Rating: B+
Q - 1/01, p.91
Included in Q's "50 Best Albums of 2000".
Q - 12/99, pp.131-24 stars out of 5
- "...demonstrates Grohl is getting even better at the art of the four-minute single....the Foo Fighters still rock out....But it is the out-and-out pop songs...which make this one of the smarter and better rock records of 1999."
Alternative Press - 12/99, p.954 out of 5
- "...a rock album that actually makes you feel good....pure sunlit power, a sprawling and melodic album that one-ups its two predecessors....Timely and timeless...the Foos' finest work to date..."
Magnet - 1-2/00, p.69
"...reckless and optimistic....sly, classic-rock references poking through the post-grunge....the best Foo Fighters record to date."
CMJ - 11/22/99, p.3
"...recalls the emotional weightiness of its predecessor....the band ropes in the full-throttle immediacy that characterized its earlier songs...but the group also pays more attention to dynamics and variety....they still pack a wallop."
Mojo (Publisher) - 12/99, pp.110-1
"...Grohl is still a dab hand with scuzzy riff, and his voice is in fine shape on the sunny choruses....A spirited album which finds Grohl fine-tuning his pop instincts."
This is an Enhanced audio CD which contains regular audio tracks and multimedia computer files.
Foo Fighters includes: David Grohl (vocals, guitar).
Recorded in 1999.
THERE IS NOTHING LEFT TO LOSE won the 2001 Grammy Award for Best Rock Album. "Learn To Fly" won the 2001 Grammy Award for Best Short Form Music Video. The song was also nominated for the 2001 Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.
Audio Mixers: Ted Reiger; Adam Kasper; John Nelson ; Andy Wallace.
Recording information: Conway Recording Studios, Los Angeles, CA (1999); Studio 606, VA (1999).
Photographer: Danny Clinch.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Krist Novoselic; Basich Family; Lisa Grohl; Michelle Bedrick; John Kleemola; Trouble; Stahl Family; Verben; Anton Brookes; Nixon Watches; Bethann Buddenbaum; Muill Berrliner; Black Cat; Tim Gabor; Michael Meisel; Nasty Little Man; Ric Creason; John Cutcliffe; Gary Gersh; Geoff Turner; Ian Beveridge; Richard Gibson; Hawkins Family; Cathryn Suko; Grohl Family; Jim Swanson; C.Ore Hard; Gus Brandt; Gabby Skolnek; J.J.; Preston Gates Construction; Paul Masterdone; Chickdaddy; Earnie Baily; Tos Niewehuizen; Craig Overbay; Dou Dou; Henry Fields; John Silva; Lee Johnson ; Allen Sides; Queen; Tenacious D; Stewart Copeland; Black Sabbath.
In the time following the disintegration of Nirvana, Dave Grohl worked hard at establishing the Foo Fighters. The release of the band's third album was a triumph that came on the heels of a label switch, Grohl's divorce, and the departure of three band members. Despite all the chaos, the former Nirvana skinbasher managed to record a collection of songs that meld the power of his punk roots with an innate sense of melodicism.
Sure to shock and dismay indie purists are such abundant '70s classic rock quirks as the stomping Foghat-like riffs of "Gimme Stitches" and the Frampton-influenced talk box that colors "Generator." Elsewhere, the pounding force of the scathing "Stacked Actors" and the driving "Breakout" contain elements of a hard-hitting rhythmic style that has its roots in the D.C. hardcore scene that spawned Grohl. The true beauty of THERE IS NOTHING LEFT TO LOSE is the way in which the Foo Fighters maintain a delicate balance of blistering guitar and irresistible hooks, resulting in the perfect pop of "Learn to Fly" and the gentle twang of "Ain't It the Life."