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praised the album's emotional content, noting that "It's a miracle not only that it was made, but also that it boasts the mesmeric lyrical and musical qualities it does. A brutally honest and emotionally raw response to everything Foo Fighters have endured recently, 'But Here We Are' is a testament to the healing powers of music, friendship and family. The album is the third collaboration with producer Greg Kurstin, following Medicine at Midnight (2021) and Concrete and Gold (2017). Courageous, damaged and unflinchingly authentic, the album opens with 'Rescued', the first of ten songs that run the emotional gamut from rage and sorrow to serenity and acceptance, and myriad points in between. Foo Fighters: But Here We Are review – grieving, route-one stadium rock - Foo Fighters - The Guardian".
Despite this, all plans were abruptly cancelled after longtime drummer, Taylor Hawkins, unexpectedly died in March 2022.
It was later disclosed that Grohl performed the drums on the album, his first drumming credit on a Foo Fighters studio album since 2005. As early as mid-2021, Dave Grohl had already been planning for a follow up album to Medicine at Midnight (2021).But Here We Are debuted at number 1 on the UK Albums Chart with 44,500 chart units sold after an intense chart battle with Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds album Council Skies, giving Foo Fighters their sixth UK number 1 album. Grohl had not even started writing said material, as the band was still focusing on touring in support of Medicine at Midnight. The first single, " Rescued", was released concurrently with the announcement of the album on April 19. Spin described it as "one of the strongest albums of the band's career" and concluded that "if you don't have a big, fat lump in your throat or head-to-toe goosebumps all over your body while listening to But Here We Are, you may not have a pulse. Foo Fighters pip Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds to Number 1 with But Here We Are after intense race".