Foo Fighters - Wasting Light

by Nathan Fidler Rating:8 Release Date:2011-04-11

So far every Foo Fighters album has been the equivalent of running up to an old lady, punching her in the gut and then helping her cross the road; rough, playful and yet somehow sweetly good natured. Wasting Light does not stray from this formula, and for this we are thankful.

Beardy nice man Dave Grohl is of course back, full of powerful yelling but also ponderous about days gone by and what the future might hold. Compared to their last release, Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace, this album is much louder, setting out with the riff-o-rama of 'Bridge Burning' and carrying through until 'These Days' which brings out some of the softer area rock which Dave and co are known for. The return of Pat Smear to the line up means there is much more interplay between the guitars, whether it's on the lead single 'Rope' or the melted fountain sound of the verses in 'A Matter of Time'. The track most likely to be overlooked is the pained 'I Should Have Known' where Dave is regretful, while reverberated raindrop guitars ooze cool. It's almost as if the track was built to be a Bond theme tune; make it your mission to not overlook it. 'Miss the Misery' is the only stumbling block on this album but only because the verse can't cash the cheque which the opening riff writes.

One question on the lips of the fans will be, "Is it as good as The Colour and the Shape?" to which the answer is: No. In fact, it's likely that album will never be topped. But that doesn't mean you can't try. This is a great album in its own right; Dave Grohl never fails to deliver, whoever he works with.

Foo Fighters always manage the difficult task of satisfying fans of heavy roaring rock while also appeasing the fans of their lighter rock to fill arenas with. 'Walk', this albums closer, is a perfect example of the latter. Somehow this duality is a hindrance, as if they're trying to live up to their perceived nature and never totally filling up at either end of the bargain to make something out of the ordinary. What is truly baffling though is why Dave thinks we would ever tire of The Foo Fighters.

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