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Wednesday, May 29, 2024

CD review: Foo Fighters

Artist: Foo Fighters

Album: Wasting Light

Label: RCA

Rating: 5

Sometimes it takes going back to basics to make it sound oh-so right.

That’s exactly what the Foo Fighters did for their seventh and best studio album yet. Recorded entirely in lead singer Dave Grohl’s garage using only analog equipment, Wasting Light reminds us of what the Foo Fighters are really about – loud, hard-hitting guitar and soaring, catchy choruses. After experimenting with a softer sound on their prior two albums, the Foo Fighters return with 11 ass-kicking songs that remind us of the tunes of mid-’90s grunge.

There are still the same heavy rhythms and scratchy screams of Dave Grohl as in prior Foo Fighter albums, but Wasting Light adds deeper lyrics that seem to be absent from their earlier records. Grohl, the former Nirvana drummer, touches on the subject of band mate Kurt Cobain for the first time on “I Should Have Known.” The Foo Fighters saved the best song on the record for last in “Walk.” And as Groehl growls in the final track, “I never want to die,” longtime fans of the Foo Fighters can’t help but have the exact same sentiment.

Give these tracks a listen: “White Limo,” “I Should Have Known,” “Walk”

For fans of: Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, Pearl Jam

– Jason Alpert


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