While the detractors could argue that Dave Grohl's Foo Fighters have found a formula and will never have the edginess of his former band, that does Grohl himself something of a disservice.

Whether it's sitting behind the drums for Tom Petty, Killing Joke, Juliette and the Licks and Queens of the Stone Age, putting it up to the metal world with his Probot side project, or releasing a half-loud, half-quiet double album in 2005, Grohl has always shown a sense of adventure.

And now, having appeared on the most famous unplugged album in the world, he decides to release his own live acoustic set.

For a band who've built their worldwide name on the fury of their live performances it's a brave move and, unsurprisingly, 'Skin and Bones' isn't a must have record. It's fun but never essential.

What is surprising, however, is that songs from the band's back catalogue which are ideal for this acoustic set-up don't make the tracklisting. So there's no space for 'How I Miss You', 'Aurora', 'Ain't it the Life' and 'What If I Do' but lesser songs like 'Cold Day in the Sun', 'Skin and Bones' and 'February Stars' make the line-up.

While Grohl and the band - fleshed out here to eight - hit paydirt on their version of his Nirvana B-Side 'Marigold' and 'Walking After You', turning down the volume here usually make you hanker for the super-charged originals - a wholly predictable outcome.

Like 99% of all live albums, maybe you just had to be there.

Harry Guerin