October 28, 2002 12:00 PM

Foo Fighters (RCA)

The Strokes, the White Stripes, the Vines and the Hives may be the alt-rock bands of the moment, but the Foo Fighters demonstrate that they are far from beaten on this strong follow-up to 1999’s Grammy-winning There Is Nothing Left to Lose. Back from a stint playing drums for Queens of the Stone Age, singer-guitarist Dave Grohl leads the Foo crew on such fierce, mosh-pit-ready rockers as “Low,” a blistering track worthy of Grohl’s former group Nirvana. But the quartet, which is also highlighted by the kickin’ drums of Taylor Hawkins, isn’t just about banging heads. They bring a melodic sensibility to pop punkers like “Have It All” and show a nice touch with the ballad “Tired of You,” on which Grohl bittersweetly asks, “Is this just desire or the truth?”

Bottom Line: Fine Foo

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