Music Review: Wasting Light – Foo Fighters

Wasting Light

Since today is the 17th anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s death by suicide, it seems oddly both remarkably inappropriate as well as completely appropriate for Dave Grohl to have leaked the 7th and latest Foo Fighters album, Wasting Light, on their website today.  It is to be officially released April 12… next Tuesday… but you can now hear the album in it’s entirety by following this link.

I’m just going to go ahead and get this out of the way… Wasting Light is muscular… it has balls… and it’s fucking awesome!  Reuniting with producer Butch Vig (he who produced Nirvana‘s Nevermind) and bailing from the studio and back into Grohl’s garage and recording in analog, they who fight foo have obviously been paying attention to the groans and complaints of fans over the course of the last ten years or so.  Not only is Vig back, but so is guitarist Pat Smear and on one track former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic joins in.

A few reviews I’ve read already keep saying that this is their best album since 1997’s The Colour and the Shape, which is totally fair to say… except, I happen to be a huge fan of 1999’s There is Nothing Left to Lose and can’t imagine much of anything topping Aurora as a great song… but that is also completely wrapped up in personal drama going on at that time… hard to tell which is more influential in my thoughts.  Either way… Wasting Light is by far the best Foo Fighters album in over a decade.

The first single they released a while back is White Limo.  This song may be the hardest rocking song on the album, which is saying quite a bit.  For whatever reason the song seemed to come and go… but they did make a great and silly video out of it.

Recently however, the second single is Rope.  Good luck avoiding this song on the radio (which is another reason I rarely listen to the radio anymore).  This is classic FF… catchy hook, rocking beat, screaming Grohl and the desire to bang a little head.  Much of the album follows suit… relentlessly paced, the album rarely allows you to come up for air until it’s penultimate song, I Should Have Known, the track with Novoselic, slows things up a bit and eases into the final song.

I’m not going to bother going track by track with this album simply because the album as a whole is stupendous.  Certainly a return to form… and that form takes the shape of bad ass thrashing metal pop… a bit hard with pop hooks that makes it infinitely listenable.  I’m terrified of what will happen when I’m listening to this in my car… I foresee a speeding ticket in my future.  Wasting Light feels like having your foot on the accelerator and finally easing up when you reach your destination… I suppose this may be Foo Fighters destination… awesome.

Are you my hero?
Cornelius J. Blahg

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