After taking two years off to work on side projects, the Foo Fighters are back in full swing with their new album “Wasting Light”.
Up until this point, lead singer and guitarist Dave Grohl had been busy working on his side project Them Crooked Vultures and drummer Taylor Hawkins had been off playing in his three piece cover band, Chevy Metal. Hawkins also helped out Slash on his solo album that was released last year.
In August of this past year, Grohl, Hawkins, bass player Nate Mendel, and lead guitarist Chris Shiflett, went back into the studio to record their seventh studio album. The band was also joined by former rhythm guitarist Pat Smear, who once again became a full time member of the band.
This reuniting with Smear allowed the band to capture some of their old sound that fans fell in love with back in the ‘90s. Since they were inspired to go back to their old roots with this album, the band decided to record it in Grohl’s garage studio. This is a place he says is “ballad free”.
The new album was highly anticipated and when it was released on April 12, fans were not disappointed.
The overall sound of the album resembled their first two albums, which in my opinion were their best up until the release of “Wasting Light”. After giving it a few listens, I believe it’s fair to say that this one is up there with their self-titled album “Foo Fighters” and “The Colour and Shape”.
The album kicks off with the song “Bridges Burning”. The song basically starts off with some strumming of the guitar and then the rest of the band kicks in, bringing with it a ton of energy. The song is loud and fast and Hawkin’s drumming really keeps the song moving in a fast tempo. It is definitely one that is going to get the crowd moving when they play it live.
The second track on the album is the first single off the record called “Rope”. The song features a catchy guitar riff and chorus, with a booming conclusion to end the song. Rolling Stone says the song “has a chopped surge that evokes mid-Seventies Led Zeppelin, then straightens out for a later-vintage payoff.” I would have to agree as most Led Zeppelin songs start off slower but towards the end of the song it speeds up and has a sort of “in your face” ending.
One of the most interesting tracks on the album would have to be the fourth one, which is titled “White Limo”. The song sounds like something that came straight off an old Metallica record. It’s fast, heavy, and Grohl screams most of the song, which is uncharacteristic of the band as of late.
A special guest appeared on the album, which had most Foo Fighter fans (as well as many rock fans) excited. For the first time since the early ‘90s, Grohl teamed up with former Nirvana bandmate Krist Novoselic who played bass on the song “I Should Have Known.” Novoselic wasn’t the only Nirvana presence, as producer Butch Vig, who produced Nirvana’s breakout album “Nevermind”, produced “Wasting Light”.
In addition to reaching out to some Nirvana roots, the album does not fail to deliver on the other tracks on the album. Songs like “These Days”, “Arlandria”, and “Back and Forth” can easily be radio hits in the future. Even songs I wasn’t too crazy with on the album like “Miss the Misery” and “Dear Rosemary” were still decent enough to listen to.
The way the album ends is near perfect as well. The song “Walk”, which happens to be my favorite on the album, is a great way to close out the album. The song sort of resembles everything the band has been through over the years, while in a way declaring that they’ve been through some stuff but they got through it and now they are back. The album ends with the lyrics “Learning to walk again I believe I’ve waited long enough. Learning to talk again, can’t you see I’ve waited long enough?”
Whether you are a Foo Fighter fan or even just a rock fan in general, you have to check out this album. I promise you it will not disappoint. The band still features some great guitar riffs and Hawkin’s drumming is still up there with the best of them in rock and roll today.
It’s been almost four years since the Foo Fighters released an album (not counting their “Greatest Hits” that was release in November 2009), but it is safe to say that they are back and are once again ready to rock the world.