Foo Fighters – Wasting Light Review

Recorded in Dave Grohl’s garage, Wasting Light is the seventh studio album from the Foo Fighters and according to the band’s front man, their “heaviest album yet.” While I might not buy into the “heaviest and hardest” claim, it is most definitely their most raw. In an industry where many rock bands tend to become more produced over time, the realization that a group who has been recording albums for over 15 years, being played on MTV and selling out stadiums can still dig in and create an organic, entirely analogue release speaks volumes to their talent and overall grasp of their passion.

Wasting Light gets off to a noisy start, with Grohl growling “these are my famous last words” before kicking into a thunderous guitar riff that retains the band’s signature melodic trim. The first single “Rope” and the following “Dear Rosemary” are classic Foo Fighters tracks that welcome old listeners to the album. What follows is what I assume Grohl was talking about when alluded to the band’s heaviest work thus far; “White Limo.” The vocals cannot be deciphered, the drums and licks fly by at a rapid pace, yet it’s strongly melodic, even amongst Grohl’s shrieks and screams. Later in the track list, the slow burner “I Should Have Know,” which features Grohl’s former Nirvana band-mate, Krist Novoselic, continues the anti-formulaic vibe that enhances the record.

Overall, the album contains little filler with “Arlandria,” “These Days,” “Back and Forth” and the album closer “Walk” urging heads to nod and hands to start air-strumming. In what is a true testament to the power of the songs on Wasting Light, although the album was recorded in a garage, I can imagine it would pack much of the same punch streaming out of an arena’s massive speaker system.

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