As singer David Grohl proves on Foo Fighters' debut album, life after Nirvana can be continued bliss. Settling into his new front-man gig, the erstwhile Nirvana drummer opts for easygoing, relatively tension-free vocals with few of the tortured contortions of his late bandmate Kurt Cobain. Grohl even gets tender on the winsome "Big Me" and slightly ethereal on the psychedelic "Floaty."
He hasn't gone all softy, though. His songwriting and guitar playing successfully capture his old band's tuneful mayhem and ragged spark. He rocks "X-Static" with menacing guitar licks, and on "I'll Stick Around" he howls, "I don't owe you anything." On such monster stompers as "Good Grief" and "Wattershed," Grohl's knockout punch seems to be aimed squarely at anyone who (wrongly) assumed that Nirvana was just another one-talent wonder. (Roswell/Capitol)