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Wasting Light

Foo Fighters: Wasting Light

  • Foo Fighters
  • Rock
  • Out now
  • RCA
  • Everywhere
reviewed by
Salma Tantawi
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Foo Fighters: Wasting Light

With one album
after another, Foo Fighters have been dominating the rock charts with huge success.
This time, Dave Grohl and friends have raised the stakes higher, as they’ve
declared their latest album Wasting Light their ‘heaviest rock album yet’,
earning them their first number one on the Billboard top 200
album chart.

With their seventh
record, the band is entering a new, more contemporary era in their music, one
that is audibly different from 1997 album The Colour and the Shape,
which can be considered a classic in the rock genre. Though not every track in Wasting
is mind-blowing, the album is still very likely to get as much
recognition as the band’s earlier hits, if not more.

‘These are
my famous last words,’ howls Grohl in the
intro to the first track ‘Bridge Burning’ with vocals as solid as those in
‘These Days’, where he brushes off any attempts of consolation with hard beats
and deafening guitars. With heartfelt lyrics, Foo Fighters continue with ‘I
Should Have Known’ featuring unforgettable bass by Krist Novoselic from
Nirvana, mourning the death of a friend.

In addition
to their tough acoustic beats and guitar chords,
Foo Fighters’ songs have always been held up by memorable melodies.
‘Dear Rosemary’ features a steady rhythm in a slightly slow tempo, proving that
rock songs don’t have to be screaming to be catchy.

‘Walk’ is
another track that opens as a ballad with only a guitar in the background,
until the chorus where it shifts into a typical Foo Fighters song, yet it does
end on a more hopeful note, in contrast with other more sombre titles like
‘Miss The Misery’.

is an album
that has a great potential to be an ultimate favourite for Foo Fighters fans.
It has everything that you’d look for in an alternative rock album; phenomenal instrumentals
and vocals that are tested by a steep curve of tracks that ranges from
easygoing, soft melodies to heavy and rigid rock&roll riffs. Though you
might need to get used to some songs at first, this is one album that captures
the listeners from the very first high-pitched guitar licks.

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