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Foo Fighters: Wasting Light

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The Foo Fighters Waste no Sunlight

  • May 11, 2011

Recent Foo Fighters albums have been marked by their acoustic guitars and orchestral arrangements.  But after the release of their 2009 Greatest Hits album the Foo Fighters took a sharp turn back to their hard rock roots.  With all Dave Grohl's contributions to the grunge/alt-rock scene, his influences are steeped heavily in metal and punk rock, and that's what Wasting Light is a celebration of.  A verse and chorus stripped that hammers into your skull.  So they called some old friends and pulled out Grohl's old analog recorder.  At the helm, producing this rock monster was Butch Vig, the genius who put together Nevermind.  Pat Smear joined to provide much of the baritone guitar which is used extensively and wonderfully - more like a piece in an orchestra than a steamroller.

We open with "Bridge Burning."  A Rage Against the Machine sounding intro bleeds into a hard rock verse and chorus with riffs that sound like "Summerholiday vs. Punkroutine."  We next hear "Rope," with a disjointed beginning that reminds me of a couple of Who songs.  This is the lead single off the album that at parts makes me feel like Jim Morrison may have come back from the dead to join Soundgarden, sill holding that Foo Fighters essence.  You can just taste the grunge in the bridge.  "Dear Rosemary," the third track has a definite 70's punk vibe but the chorus and pre-chorus is remnant of late 90's Bush.  Next we have "White Limo" with a very 80's thrash sounding intro.  The vocalist screams through the verse all the way to a half-sung/half-screamed chorus with a very hard rock edge.  You can really reel the baritone guitar in the next rack, "Arlandria."  It dominates the chorus and outro melody taking up space that another guitar might get lost in.  The vocals give me a real feeling of what-if-Rob-Thomas-joined-Aerosmith with a Trant Rzeznor sounding bridge.  Our sixth track is titled "These Days," a wistfull meditation on aging as time passes.  It seems to come from the perspective of someone who's been-there-done-that-bought-the-f**king-shirt talking to the brash youth with a bitter sounding ending.  In "Back & Forth" palm muted power cords underneath a very singsongy vocal line.   Track eight: "A Matter of Time," is a more aggressive "getting older" song, this time sung from a place of, "My kids don't understand me."  "Miss the Misery" is next and it sounds to me like what would happen if Nirvana covered an Ozzy song.  It demonstrates a wistfulness for old grunge and is the origin of the album's tittle.  The next track, "I Should Have Known" sounds like a Coldplay song down to the tee.  Nirvana bassist Kris Novoselic is featured in this track.  The final track, "Walk," is a power-pop orgasm.  In keeping with vocal lines reminiscent of Rob Thomas, this time they've merged him Bad Religion circa "New America."

"Wasting Light" is said to be the easiest album the Foo Fighters have recorded.  I truly appreciate their desire to return to their hard rock roots after their other experiments.  I kind of feel like the last two albums were more of a rebellion against the popularity of Nu-Metal and rap-rock prevalent to the time.  And I really respect an artist who found their niche, went out and evolved into something equally relevant, then make the choice to return to their roots all for shits-and-giggles... and rock.

For more on the Foo Fighters you can check out their web page:  http://www.foofighters.com
The album is available online at:  http://www.amazon.com/Wasting-Light-Foo-Fighters/dp/B004LUHQ1G
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