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Album Review: Wasting Light by Foo Fighters

<p>Foo bites hard in their seventh album</p>
by Mikey Agulto | Jun 9, 2011
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Not a lot of bands can make it past the fifth album. By the fifth record, most bands must've tried all sorts of reinventions— from the unexpected to the downright career-smashing.  But Foo Fighters is unlike most bands. They are now on its seventh studio release, for one. But despite the constant reinventions and evolutions, they've managed to remain true to the gut.

Wasting Light is a thrilling collection of songs orchestrated to bring back the glory of the Foo Fighters – a dynamite of an album exploding song after song.

Perhaps, an equation: Foo Fighters' flawless appeal, multiply it with genius riffs, and then square it with five cases of Red Bull.

The raw and garage-like feel of the music video of the first single "Rope" is transcended throughout the record, no fancy schmancy electronic work – just raw, smart, and in your face.

"Down crooked stairs, and sideways glances/ comes the king of second chances," writes frontman Dave Grohl in the electrifying first track "Bridge Burning" as if retelling his story as an ex-Nirvana drummer-turned-Foo master. The gently-titled "Dear Rosemary" will take you on a ride in heartbeats with its palpitating riffs surrounded by enticing hooks, bass lines and drum work.

In the song "White Limo," Grohl sings out a static-like, angry vocal to match the aggressive, double-time riffs and swift pedals. Imagine Grohl's role as the devil in the movie Pick of Destiny and put it into a Foo Fighters song -- mean, fuming, and ferocious in a surprisingly delightful way.

The alluring chorus and hooks of the tracks "These Days" and "A Matter of Time" echo back to the band’s most celebrated ’97 release "The Color and the Shape", with well-written verses and sing-song melodies.

"Miss the Misery" is an amusing surprise of an 80’s power rock vibe tangled with the band’s spontaneity, while "I Should Have Known" has a Wild West feel with cowboy riffs and a full exploration of Grohl’s vocal range.

The album’s last song "Walk", also the latest single, had an intro reminiscent of Tal Bachman’s "She’s So High", but the marvel of Foo begins once the fifth second kicks in. The most dramatic and emotional song in the album, "Walk" takes you on a tranquil musical journey via drum rolls and transitions that will send shivers down your spine for all the right reasons.

Taylor Hawkins proved his skills as a first class drummer once again, with licks catchy enough to keep the world awake for days. Another notable element in this record is the band’s proficient chord work, with three guitars perfectly in-sync without clashing with one another.

Pat Smear, Chris Shiflett and bassist Nate Mendel continue their innovative work, flooding the record with smart and irresistible riffs from start to finish.

Wasting Light is filled with chest pounding hooks that will either lift your consciousness to ultimate rock satisfaction or lead you to 47.7 minutes of air guitar antics.

Produced by Garbage’s Butch Vig, the same guy behind Nirvana’s Nevermind, the 11-track instant classic should be enough to remind artists to keep the music true and satisfying on all levels.

In a nutshell, Wasting Light is probably the only rock album you’ll need in a long time – a rewarding freight train of rock ‘n roll genius intended to deliver remarkable songs and memorable tunes that will stick around in your head for months.

It is official; no matter which era they choose to make music, Foo can do no wrong.

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