This is the best Foo Fighters album since ‘One By One’ was released 9 years ago in 2002. A bold start to a review? Probably, but it’s true. Their last two albums ‘In Your Honour’ and ‘Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace’ were good records but lacked that little something that make the Foo Fighters what they are. If you listen to any of their work pre-2002, you can instantly tell it’s the Foo Fighters. And that was lost in the 8 years since. Until now.
Recorded in Dave Grohl’s garage, the band decided to use nothing but analogue methods to record the album. Powerful melodies and riffs are abundant through the entire album, melodies that take you back to their mid-late 90’s period.
- Bridge Burning
- Dear Rosemary
- White Limo
- These Days
- Back & Forth
- A Matter Of Time
- Miss The Misery
- I Should Have Known
The opening track ‘Bridge Burning’ is a powerful start to the album with a riff that will be in your head for the rest of the day. After you’ve listened to the first 20 seconds, I guarantee you’ll be instantly hooked and just want that one track on repeat for the whole day. The entire album is like this. ‘Rope’ and ‘White Limo’ will be Foo Fighter classics from now on, as they both sound like they could have been written and released on any of their 90’s albums. When you listen to those two tracks, they just scream out Foo Fighters.
‘Dear Rosemary’, ‘Miss The Misery’ and ‘Arlandria’ add to the magnificence of the album so far and have riffs that will again remain with you all day. ‘These Days’ starts slowly before all instruments are gradually brought in within the first minute. The track gets louder and fuller before returning to the original quiet level towards the end just before one final blast of hard rock.
‘Back And Forth’ has an opening riff that could have easily fit onto ‘Nevermind’ by Nirvana (producer Butch Vig who produced that record also produced this record), and ‘A Matter Of Time’ is yet another track that takes you back to the bands past catalogue and they’re unique sound.
‘I Should Have Known’ features Nirvana bassist Kris Novoselic on bass and accordion and completes the partial Nirvana reunion (Grohl, Smear & Vig) and you know you’re listening to something historic. It’s the closest thing anyone will ever get to a full Nirvana reunion, unfortunately. The final track ‘Walk’ is a fitting end to the album, finishing the record the way they started it – in style. Grohl cries out ‘I never want to die’ and why would he? He’s without a doubt one of the most successful and talented people in the history of the music industry.
The album is full of songs that will be stuck in your head for days. I bought the album as soon as it came out and I haven’t stopped listening to it yet, and that only happens a couple of times a year at the most. ‘Wasting Light’ takes the band back to their best and sees them regain the sound and feel that they seemed to lose since ‘One By One’ in 2002. Every Foo Fighter fan will buy this record, and if you don’t already own an album by the band then I suggest you get it as well. It’s already one of the best albums of 2011.