In April the Foo Fighters gave us all a treat with their album ‘Wasting Light’, the album is a hard rocking back to basics gem. It was all recorded straight to analog in Dave Grohl’s garage with the help of heavy weight producer Butch Vig. As with any Foo Fighters album the hype around the release was huge with fans having high expectations,-the album is no disappointment.
The album opens up with the song ‘Bridge Burning’ a song that lets you know what this album is all about, its in your face screaming at you to strap in for what’s gonna be a full throttle ride with one of the worlds best rock bands. Even the slower songs on the album such as ‘I Should Have Known’, ‘Walk’ and ‘These Days’ build up into songs that “non rock” folk would class as hard. The fact that this album was recorded in the relaxed surrounding of Grohl’s garage shines through with the whole record having a “we are doing what we want” feel to it. It’s the bands hardest album to date, even crossing over into metal territory with the track ‘White Limo’ and its no coincidence that this huge sounding album comes on the back of guitarist Pat Smear returning to the band. Smear has been playing live with the band since 2006 but has not fully appeared on an album since the 1997 album ‘The Colour and the Shape’. His return has given the band an extra dimension to play with which has helped them expand their sound into something any rock fan can appreciate. This album is simply a recording of a band that is happy and enjoying their music. ‘Wasting Light’ is an album that will undoubtedly become a fan favourite, it’s a must have from 2011 and would add something to any music fans album collection.