Foos frontman Dave Grohl returns with a set that ranks among his band's best work.

Foos frontman Dave Grohl returns with a set that ranks among his band's best work. In recent years, Foo Fighters have emerged as a study in Grohl's contrasting tastes for Led Zeppelin-inspired arena riffs and sunny, Evan Dando-style alterna-pop. One by One, in all its thunderous angst and desperate expressions of hope, represents a full-on exploration of the Foos '70s influences. Call it the antithesis of 2000's light-as-a-feather There Is Nothing Left to Lose. It also has some of Grohl's best writing. Thematically, One by One is like Bruce Springsteen's Tunnel of Love, refashioned for a post-grunge audience—centering on the dark ambiguities of love and commitment. Grohl handles the topic with an almost confessional honesty, giving the set an emotional intimacy that makes it all the more satisfying.—BG