As the curtain opens on Wasting Light it is glaringly clear that his album is deeper in the roots of the Foo Fighters than the prior two predecessors. Like a locomotive barreling down the tracks, Bridges Burning pulses under the weight of opening the eleven song set, busting at the seams with aggressive percussion mixes. Rope, the first single to be released is a raw nerve demanding attention be paid to the over the top production and acts as a precursor to what is coming. The album plunges into the emotion that is trapped inside the bands guitarist-singer-overall master as he continues to answer the public and himself when confronted with questions centered on Kurt Cobain.
In a November concert in Boston Grohl stated that These Days was his favorite song he has ever written. Seconds into the melodic string motions you can tell that the angst that embodied the front man’s former band is still alive within his thoughts. This sentiment is only echoed in Arlandria, the searing breakup letter not to a girl, but to his past life in Virginia, a period of life he is not fond of. “Fame, fame go away/ come again another day” could have easily been written by Cobain, and it is strikingly refreshing to see the undying passion still present in the Foo Fighters.
Sixteen years and six albums after the initial, all solo debut of the Foo Fighters in 1995, Wasting Light is not only the band’s seventh studio album but also their best since 1997’s The Colour and the Shape. The growling machismo that is soaked in all eleven tracks is a strong shift from the pop toned production of Echoes, Silience, Patience & Grace. Dave Grohl has said in the past that each album is reminiscent of the band’s current state and that the influences drawn always vary. It seems that the biggest inspiration for this album was himself, weaving personal torment with overdue expression. The end result is a quilt of mosh pit ready guitar play with pulsing drum tones that when mixed with Grohl’s signature growl creates one of the best albums of the year.
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