Is this the Foos best offering since the Color and the Shape?
Wasting Light is the Foo Fighters seventh studio album, heralded by many to be the bands finest offering since the Color and the Shape, a back to basics album after the recent greatest hits and the radio friendly Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace.
If that was your expectation, you won’t be disappointed...
With the bar set the album opens with the fist pumping Bridge Burning and moves into the first single Rope, a stand out track on the album, with the energy and momentum reignited again with White Limo - a song that drags the air guitarist out of you whether you want it to or not! By contrast Dear Rosemary and These Days reflect the Foos melodic cleverness whilst maintaining the thrill of the ride, with Arlandria and I Should Have Known showcasing the bands adeptness and ease at creating rock anthems.
With contributions from former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic, the return of Pat Smear, Neverminds producer Butch Vig, and recorded in Grohls garage, this album was always going to pack a punch and it doesn't fail to deliver. It's a raw and honest rock album that holds your attention throughout, filled with punchy riffs, loud guitars, and occasionally paint stripping vocals.
On the first pass you could be forgiven for overlooking the likes of Back and Forth and A Matter of Time as compositions to make up numbers, but they compliment the album well and after subsequent listens each track becomes memorable in its own right. Of course, no-one is in doubt at this stage of the bands song writing quality and this album reinforces their ability to remain modern whilst paying tribute to the flavour of the original albums that brought them so much success.
The band aren't putting anything on the line here nor changing the formula that has served them well over their impressive discography, but this may well be one of the best albums you will hear in 2011. Wasting Light is seared with quality and attention in every track - broadly appealing to die-hard and casual Foos Fans alike, and with Dave Grohl singing "I never wanna die" in the albums closing track Walk, frankly if the Foos are able to maintain this kind of quality then here’s hoping he doesn't!
Stand Out Tracks
- Miss the Misery