Skin and Bones

Common Sense Media says

Foos live and unplugged -- for serious fans only.





What parents need to know

Positive messages
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The Icelandic schnapps Brennivin is mentioned.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Passing reference to alcohol and cigarettes.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is a live acoustic recording of the band, and hence quieter and less intense than their studio albums. If your kid is already a Foo Fighters fan, you'll want to get this CD. If not, it probably won't win anyone over as the Foos are still at their best rockin' out full-throttle.

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What's the story?

In the summer of 2006, the Foo Fighters embarked on an acoustic tour and the album SKIN AND BONES captures them one night in Los Angeles. A few songs that would've seemed ideal for this setting end up lacking: "Walking After You" feels chunky and staid, and "Big Me" is slowed way down and pales in comparison to the jauntiness of the original version. The band's standard shimmering guitar chords also run together, punctuated only by an occasional drumbeat. The Foos do go electric at certain points (it's not quite the "acoustic" tour it advertises -- at some points, as many as eight people are on stage playing strings, electric bass, and a full drum kit).

Is it any good?


The band does deserve credit for trying to expand their sound beyond their loud grunge roots, but for the most part, the performance tends to tread a safe path that results in a somewhat dull live recording. The listener who makes it to the final tracks, though, will be richly rewarded. "February Stars" sounds magnificent with the full ensemble onstage, and on the solo performance of "Best of You," Grohl lets out some demons -- and the crowd responds. The CD climaxes nicely with "Everlong," masterfully intensifying while taking full advantage of the live orchestra.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the value of musicians trying out different sounds. Can acoustic versions of rock songs reveal new things about the songs? When should musicians steer clear of unplugged versions of their songs? When does it work?

Music details

Artist:Foo Fighters
Release date:November 7, 2006
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 13 years old Written byGreenRhino December 16, 2011

Great buy for anyone!

No issues here. Great sample of the Foos, since bands are always at their best live.
What other families should know
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Teen, 13 years old Written byEricCarrRulez August 20, 2011
Teen, 16 years old Written byHennex December 27, 2010

Great Album

It's a CD by a band that doesn't often use profanity, and there is none on this CD. References to alcohal and cigerettes may be present, but really are not prevelent enough for parents to be put off this CD.


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