The first time I heard "The Pretender" on the radio, I thought that Dave Grohl was expressing again his great mixed musical influences of the pop-modern rock with The Beatles (subtle chord progressions...). A beautiful masterpiece and certainly a powerful first single for this new release.
The whole album has a "60's rock" influence written over it, some tunes sound like they could have been written by The Beatles, or Paul McCartney, more specifically as one can clearly hear on "Statues". "Long Road to Ruin" flies jubilantly with a hook so gigantic you could land a hammerhead with it.
The rest of the album... well, the fact is that the songs are all good, even if they do sound similar to one another. When you don't try to push the envelope and go places where no one has gone before, you give up the chance of creating something that exists on an entirely different level.
+ Long Rong to Ruin
+ Come Alive (any similarity with the melodic line of "She Runs Away" by Duncan Sheik? Shhhh... don't tell him that!)