Review: Foo Fighters – Wasting Light [2011]

The Foo Fighters welcome back guitarist Pat Smear on their latest hard rocking effort Wasting Light. Frontman Dave Grohl opted to keep guitarist Chris Shiflett with the band now offering a triple-axe attack like Iron Maiden; a noble move indeed.

In this day and age, we can safely consider the Foo Fighters to be a legendary hard rock outfit.  The guitar riffs on Wasting Light are intriguing, at times complex, and face ripping.

Once again, the Foo Fighters have provided another piece of auditory art that far exceeds anything that Nirvana released.  For the last 15 years, it has been apparent that Grohl was the true talent in Nirvana.  Unfortunately, it took a horrible tragedy for the world of rock to realize.

As with previous Foo Fighter albums, the opening track contains the records’s best balance of lyrical mastery, catchy melody, and interesting arrangement.  Last record it was “The Pretender” containing these qualities; on Wasting Light that song is “Bridge Burning.”

As one listens to Wasting Light, he or she cannot help but wonder “why more bands can’t provide a beastly wall of rock these days.”  The only logical answer is that Grohl must be that good.  His experience, natural talent, and catalog gives him a large advantage over any new talent.

Here are some highlights of Wasting Light: the second half of “The Rope” is a bruising rockfest; the screaming vocals on “White Limo”; the infectious melodies on “These Days”;  and the three-guitar attack on “Dear Rosemary.”

Wasting Light is another hit record from Foo Fighters.  The length is perfect at 11 songs keeping the listener tuned in from start to finish.  This isn’t the kind of situation where you download one or two tracks; Wasting Light must be played as an album just like classic hard rock from the 70’s.


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