Oh Dave, what have you done? I tried to keep the faith that a 2 cd album (one "loud", one "not so loud") would be a great move, I really did, but when it comes to it, it's not.
This is as if someone has annoyed the Foo Fighters by saying they've nothing new to say so they've decided that a 2 cd set will show all the doubters. Well all it shows me is that Dave Grohl isn't quite the genius he probably thinks he is, and he certainly isn't the genius I was hoping he was.
Thing is, with the exception of the unbeatable Color And Shape, Foo Fighters albums have always been patchy affairs but at least in the past the good has outweighed the bad. This time we aren't so lucky.
The "rock" selection bascially dispenses with any kind of tune you might actually nod along to in favour of "earnest" rantings and loud guitars. I seriously struggle to name a stand out track. Some are passable, one or two even reach the heights of "alright" but most are mediocre.
The "acoustic" selection is, to be fair, better than I thought it might turn out to be, but that still doesn't leave it as being any good, with only the Norah Jones featuring "Virginia Moon" being of any real usefulness.
This is not an awful album, but then again it's not a very good one either. There is just not enough that stands out, and there are just far too many songs that will become piss-breaks when the Foo's next hit an arena near you. Come on Dave, please sort yourself out in time for the next album.
Icon's View - 2 out of 5.