"Wasting Light" by Foo Fighters

Foo Fighters
Wasting Light

RCA Records
2011

Review

There is no band like the Foo Fighters in Rock music right now. None. There's the Foo Fighters, and then there's like legends. And the only reason that Foo Fighters aren't Rock legends is because they're still alive and relevant. As soon as one of those two parts stops being true (either "alive" or "relevant") then they become eligible to be stowed away in Cleveland. Until then, all I can say is that if you haven't seen them live and you call yourself a Rock fan then maybe you should find a new genre of music to like.

(I realize that the majority of this review won't actually be about the album itself. It's the Foo Fighters! What do you want me to say? It's just good when the album calls for extra tracks to fill the album out. The best songs are on the radio already and the ones that aren't are just slightly too cerebral to be there. The band rocks and just keeps getting more and more musical. These guys can freaking play! And if you don't believe me...)

Recently Foo Fighters were the surprise guest at KROQ's Weenie Roast concert. The specialize in just balls to the wall sound. Song, after song, after song. Their energy is tremendous and infectious. In fact, the headliners were Linkin Park. Now, I like Linkin Park. But for the first half of their set I couldn't shake the feeling that "hey, these guys aren't the Foo Fighters". It was like the Foo Fighters energy took a while to dissipate before I could appreciate anything else. I'm all for prog-Rock, and Rock with Hip-Hop elements, and Rock that recalls the 50's. But the Foo Fighters brand of Rock is (to me) all about marrying the 70's to the early 90's. It's that "we play these instruments" shit coupled with everything that happened to Rock in the 90's. And it kills.

There was a time when you could put out 7 or 8 tracks and that was enough. At worst, this album has a few B-Sides. Everything else though? That's a classic album right there. It's not new. It's not changing directions or shifting with the times. Rather, it's something timeless. Perhaps like Rock music itself had it existed forever. But as long as the Foo Fighters keep making records, it always will be.

4.182 out of 5

Track Ratings

1. Bridge Burning (04:46) 4
2. Rope (04:19) 5
3. Dear Rosemary (04:26) 5
4. White Limo (03:22) 5
5. Arlandria (04:28) 4
6. These Days (04:58) 3
7. Back & Forth (03:52) 3
8. A Matter of Time (04:36) 3
9. Miss the Misery (04:33) 4
10. I Should Have Known (04:15) 5
11. Walk (04:15) 5