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Foo Fighters

In Your Honor

The Foo Fighters' two-disc album, In Your Honor, epitomizes their strengths and weaknesses as a band. Lead singer/guitarist Dave Grohl's never been a particularly canny songwriter: He's written a half-dozen good choruses and half as many great verses. Nor is he very dynamic. Their albums tend to be speckled with soft spots as his limited vocal range and songwriting abilities become more apparent cast against the moments when he really lands one of his hooks. This is Grohl's greatest skill, the ability to deliver great anthemic, power-chord rockers, like Cheap Trick refracted through a grunge aesthetic.

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The first disc compares favorably with his prior albums. In fact, it feels better paced than most thanks to a little more variety in the arrangements: "D.O.A." has a crisp, blues boogie-guitar sound that suggest Thin Lizzy; "The Last Song" is throbbing power-punk that recalls Hüsker Dü; "Resolve" jangles at midtempo with unusual restraint and finesse. All are fine numbers, though none is spectacular, nor do they represent a great breakthrough Foo Fighters album. The first disc is just more of their surprisingly commercially viable hard rock.

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The second disc, comprised of acoustic tracks and featuring a variety of guests including Petra Haden, Josh Homme and Norah Jones, is an interesting stretch for Grohl. Neither the tunes nor the lyrics can quite sustain the quieter presentation, however. It's intriguing, and Grohl sings surprisingly well, but it's hardly memorable.

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Foo Fighters play at the Arena at Gwinnett Center, with Weezer, Thurs., Sept. 8, 7:30 p.m. $29.50-$39.50. 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway. 404-249-6400. www.gwinnettcenter.com.