I haven’t listened to the actual music yet (in fact, I don’t usually listen to music), but the copyright protection alone makes this two-CD set worth owning. Kudos to the band for inventing this copyright protection and convincing RCA to use it on all future Foo Fighters albums.
The DVD side of disc one contains a ‘making of the album’ documentary video and an enhanced stereo version of disc one. The DVD side of disc two features a hi-res DVD audio surround sound version of disc two.It’s likely that a decade after its debut record this band now has fans who might ask, ”You mean Dave Grohl was in a band before the Foo Fighters?” But they, or any Foo followers who pine for the increasingly refined vocals and polished pop-punk uniformity of the first four albums, will swallow this one whole–or at least half. For as much as vocalist/bandleader Grohl and Co. mix a similar concoction on the 20-song double CD, they manage to agitate the formula ever so slightly. Disc one follows the Foo’s classic sonic blueprint: lip-smacking melodies and enigmatic lyrics, double-barrel guitars and drums that attack. But songs take a gentle turn on the second CD, showcasing Grohl’s underrated vocals amidst a high-energy ensemble of acoustic guitars, piano and mandolin (by studio guest John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin). Singing, not shouting, Grohl flips potential teen-rock anthems like ”Miracle” and ”Cold Day in the Sun” (with drummer Taylor Hawkins handling lead vocals) into impending adult-oriented radio staples and, 11 years after Nirvana, the Foo Fighters may finally have their triumph. –Scott Holter
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I love the music, I just wish I could play it on my computer and MP3 player. Unfortunately, the copy protection software installed on this disk prevents that.
I am one of the few people left who actually believes that artists should be paid for their music and makes a point of buying and not pirating CDs. In return for being a good citizen, I get a CD that is unplayable. Goodbye Foo Fighters. Hello KazAA.
While every corporation/radio station/(insert organization here) is giving away Ipods & Mp3 players, Foo Fighters’ record label decides that in order to cut down on piracy, they will prevent us (buying customers) from being able to download this cd into our music libraries. The old phrase above comes to mind.
Luckily I haven’t opened the CD yet and I damn well plan to return it. Not to make a statement but simply because I consider music 75% pointless if I can’t listen to it on my portable audio.
Sony’s copy protection scheme installs harmful rootkit software on Windows machines. This software can crash your machine, and make it easier for viruses to infect you. By design, it is impossible to uninstall without advanced technical skills.
Sony recently released a patch to mitigate these concerns. However, the patch only addresses the issue of potential virus infection. Uninstalling the software is still nearly impossible, and if attempted incorrectly can render your CD drive unusable.
For more information, check out this site:
Potential buyers who wish to play this “copy protected” CD on their computers are advised that their machine will be infected by malicious software if they attempt to do so. THIS SOFTWARE WILL BE INSTALLED, WITHOUT YOUR CONSENT, EVEN IF YOU CHOOSE NOT TO ACCEPT THE LISCENSE AGREEMENT!!. Additional deceptive practices are used to make detection and removal of this software difficult (e.g., by altering the datestamp of the installed file)
This practice should be unlawful and, indeed, in most countries it is. Unfortunately, the US government is more interested in protecting the rights of corporations than it is the rights of its citizens. The only recourse Americans have is to expose manufactures who use such deceptive practices and to refuse to purchase their products
In response to the commentator (June 29, 2006) who wrote that the software was “annoying, but very easy to surpass…If you don’t mind doing a little research”: Even if you have the time and expertise necessary to research the issue, PLEASE consider the broader implications of buying products like this. If corporations are allowed to succeed in such relatively benign experiments, there is nothing to prevent them from installing more sophisticated and ambitious software in the future …software which would be more difficult to remove and which would pose a greater threat to your privacy. For example, the software installed by CD could easily be modified to serve as spyware or to sabotage programs the manufacturer doesn’t want you to use. HELP STOP THIS THREAT IN THE BUD: PLEASE DO NOT BUY THESE “COPY PROTECTED” CDS AND BOYCOTT THE COMPANIES THAT MANUFACTURE THEM.
For help in repairing systems compromised by this CD, I suggest you begin by searching the Web using the keyword “SbcpHid.sys” (the name of a file installed by the CD in the WindowsSystem32Drivers directory).