Music Review: Foo Fighters Wasting Light

Posted: April 9, 2012 in Music
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The Foo Fighters 7th studio album continues in a long tradition of guitar-centric grunge rock.  On this album, Dave and the boys don’t seem content in repeating the sound that made them rock icons.  Dave Grohl, always pushing his music in new and different directions, tries many new and different things here.  The more I listen, the more things I pick up, and the more I like the songs as a collection.

Bridge Burning:  Stats off with a dissonant guitar sound, then a patented Dave Grohl scream, then a riff, some heavy drums, and then somehow an angelic sounding chorus.  It all works for a pulse pounding firrst song.

Rope:  This song comes in with echoing guitars, but then a lightning quick chord progression,  The singing is somewhat quiet providing a cool counterpoint to the loud guitars, and there’s the bridge, a blood curdling exchange of drums and guitar harmonics, what a  song.

Dear Rosemary: This is a song I didn’t like at first, but the more I listen to it the more I like it.  The simplicity of the guitar in the beginning, some good guitar/bass counterpoint and the chorus of                  ”Rosemary, you’re part of me” really hooked me in a way I wasn’t expecting.  This is one of the riskier songs on the album because it’s different from the usual Foo song.  Bob Mould from Husker Du guests on this one.

White Limo is just an all out balls to the wall punk influenced hyper speed rocker.  This song has a boot on your throat and never lets up. Dave is screaming into the mike for the whole song and that just adds to the intensity of the song. It is very reminiscent of Weenie Beenie from the first album.

Arlandria:  This is more reminiscent of early Foo Fighters, because it starts out really soft and slow and builds up to a really loud crescendo.  The chorus “You are not me Arlandria, you and what army Arlandria” who the heck knows what that means, but it rocks. The song rocks.

One of These Days:  Again, I didn’t like this song at first, but there’s an interesting set of  guitar question and answer juxtapositions going on,  and once all the guitars kick in and by the time Dave growls “Easy for you to say” you’re singing along.  It’s another expert interplay between quiet and loud that the Foos  do so well

Back and Forth:. Heavy discordant chord progression that goes quiet and builds to heavy chords throughout.  This really reminds me of early Nirvana, including the chorus, just a kick ass song.

A Matter of Time:  Quiet then loud seems to be a theme on this album, really good interplay of bass and guitar, including on the bridge and a really catchy chorus, punctuated by a Dave Grohl scream.

Miss The Misery:  Distorted fuzzy guitars begin this song, some really neat bass work, and then a really straightforward chord progression with a riff thrown in and driving drums, and Dave’s distinctive voice, just great.

I Should Have Known:  This song starts of very slowly and darkly and stays dark and slow, then it starts to drive, but the lyrics and the whole mood of the song is depressing, and that turns me off.  Still it’s an interesting departure.

Walk:  This is another slow starter, that builds up to a nice middle, and the bridge is interesting, I don’t know, there’s something that keeps me from loving it, but again interesting pieces if not a great overall song.

There’s a solid core of songs here, I’d say songs 1-9 are top notch, and 10 and 11 trail off a bit,  The only thing I muss is one of those great Foo Fighters acrostic ballads.  That’s the only thing missing here, but all in all a very interesting and eminently listenable album.

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