Foo Fighters
Wasting Light


4.0
excellent

Review

by RobbaqPL USER (4 Reviews)
February 15th, 2012 | 65 replies | 3,110 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: No filler, but could use just a little more killer.

6 of 6 thought this review was well written

All Foo Fighters albums, at least those released in the 21st century, were similar in one respect: they had some hits, some good songs, and some mediocre-to-average tracks; only the proportions tended to change. The formula worked, as the band managed to solidify their position among top mainstream rock acts, though one could argue that the Foos found their comfort zone and were reluctant to leave it. Thankfully, their newest album proves to be the welcome game changer.

This, however, may not be immediately transparent. Foo Fighters may have recorded this album in Grohl's garage, relying exclusively on analog equipment, but it would be hard to hear it in the songs themselves. Butch Vig's production, just as expected, makes the record bizarrely accessible even in its most brutal moments. Still, there is a fine line between Wasting Light and its predecessors: it's tighter, it hits more often, and is overall more focused than usual when it comes to this band. There are no acoustic ballads, no calm instrumentals, and, most important of all, little to no filler: what we get instead is a textbook rock album.

The no-nonsense attitude becomes obvious immediately, just within the first forty-five seconds of “Bridge Burning”. As three guitars start playing one by one to be followed by absolutely vicious drums, and the whole thing finally reaches climax with Grohl's wild scream, we know we're in for one hell of a ride. The following songs, though ripe with more subdued sections, see Foo Fighters doing what they do best: rocking out. Each track brings something to the table: “Rope” has the simple, yet overwhelmingly catchy main riff and a blistering solo; “Dear Rosemary” sees Grohl sharing vocal duties with Husker Du's Bob Mould; “White Limo” features some absurdly distorted shouts throughout, reminiscent of “Weenie Beenie”...

The list goes on, and the album remains consistently solid throughout its 11-song span. Other highlights include the two final songs: a surprisingly upbeat “Walk”, and its polar opposite, “I Should Have Known”. The latter sticks out from the bunch, as it deviates from the straight rock formula with its violins, accordions and whatnot; and, thanks to truly agonizing vocals and amazing instrumental crescendos, it succeeds as the emotional centerpiece to the album.

At the same time it presents us with the biggest problem concerning Wasting Light: the record could definitely use some variety. Even though the middle section consists of bona fide rockers, they inevitably start to blend together, in a bad way. Different tempos and interesting riffs keep everything from dragging, but all in all the listener is left yearning for some spice... and hits. Of all the singles released so far, only “Rope” is on the level of the biggest Foos classics. The band seemingly traded moments of mainstream brilliance for consistency, for better or worse.

Still, if one is up for some fun, flat-out rock album, in this category it rarely gets as good as Wasting Light. Every second of the record shows Grohl & co. as fully-formed musicians, professional to the core, and at the same time able to enjoy themselves as much as possible. If Foo Fighters ever actually lost their mojo, this album is where they regain it. Go, limo.


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RobbaqPL
February 15th 2012



158 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Okay, so, first off, sorry for some trouble posting, and thanks again for the help, Deviant.

Now...

I wrote two reviews some time ago, but I was somewhat dissatisfied with them and quit reviewing. I
know this album already has quite a few of them, but I felt fairly confident writing it. The review is
maybe a bit more concise than it should, but...

And English is not my first language, so please point out any silly errors.

ChuckyTruant
February 15th 2012



15707 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Very good review. However, the Foo's don't implement any breakdowns, haha. Not a metalcore band. And I maybe wouldn't call Taylor Hawkins drumming brutal. But to each his own I suppose. Otherwise, good review.

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Sciroccu
February 15th 2012



752 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

great one.

FruityCatOfDoom
February 15th 2012



2077 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good review.

RobbaqPL
February 15th 2012



158 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Chuck - right you are, I changed that.

ChuckyTruant
February 15th 2012



15707 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

All right, cool. But yeah, really nice review

Sirob
February 15th 2012



2653 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"No filler, but could use just a little more killer"

this sums it up perfectly. nice review.

Spec
February 15th 2012



27060 Comments


Sum41

RobbaqPL
February 15th 2012



158 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Duh

Pentagon
February 15th 2012



1998 Comments


no filler just killer

iambandersnatch
February 15th 2012



1466 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Album is foo fighters in a nutshell. Really solid mainstream rock but nary a song that blows you away. They're all just "good".

PistolPete
February 15th 2012



3556 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

"Very good review. However, the Foo's don't implement any breakdowns, haha. Not a metalcore band. And I maybe wouldn't call Taylor Hawkins drumming brutal. But to each his own I suppose. Otherwise, good review."

I don't really agree with this. Metalcore isn't the only genre that has breakdowns, even punk rock has its own type of breakdown that's obviously different from a "metalcore breakdown". That being said,

Yes there aren't any breakdowns in this album. =)

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Clamface
February 15th 2012



105 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

there is nothing at all appealing about this band/album. generic beyond belief. but good review nonetheless!

Tyrannic
February 15th 2012



3261 Comments


how many grammies did this win? good review

Pentagon
February 15th 2012



1998 Comments


Since when do grammies matter?

Midjicka
February 15th 2012



229 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

FF won like 5 grammys all together I think.
great album and review.

Island
February 15th 2012



577 Comments


album is just a ff album

no standout songs this time tho

someguest
February 15th 2012



20319 Comments


As I was watching their performances on Sunday, I wondered why anyone bothered with this band anymore. It was like Andrew W.K. but not even close to entertaining.

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ChuckyTruant
February 15th 2012



15707 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

@ pwalcher haha well my bad. I don't listen to any punk so I wouldn't have known.
@ clamface. You fucking retard.

KILL
February 15th 2012



70599 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

rules

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