2011 album from the Alt-Rock superheroes led by Dave Grohl. Produced by Butch Vig and mixed by Alan Moulder, Wasting Light was recorded entirely on analog tape in the garage of Grohl s home in California s San Fernando Valley. The no computers/no software back to basics approach has resulted in arguably the strongest and most cohesive effort of the band s 15-year-plus career: From first single 'Rope' to the frenetic opener 'Bridge Burning' to the beautifully bipolar 'These Days' to stunning guest spots from Bob Mould ( Dear Rosemary") and Krist Novoselic ("I Should Have Known"), Wasting Light is a singular triumph: a band that s headlined arenas, stadiums and festivals the world over stripping itself down to the bare essentials and coming up with a world class band s finest hour.
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We're a measly two decades out, but 90's nostalgia is already hitting its dubious peak: Scuffed-up Doc Martens and slouchy flannel shirts are ubiquitous again, My So-Called Life DVDs are required (re-) viewing, and Pearl Jam are steadily reissuing their grunge-defining back catalog.
Still, it's hard for any new band to compete with Foo Fighters, Dave Grohl's post-Nirvana behemoth. Wasting Light, the group's seventh studio album and first since 2007, was recorded with rock uberproducer Butch vig (he manned the boards for Sonic Youth, the Smashing Pumpkins, and yes, Nirvana) in Grohl's basement using only analog equipment. As if that weren't enough, Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic, Husker Du's Bob Mould, and the Grems' Pat Smear, who played with the Foos from 1994 to '97, all appear, forming a kind of Voltron of 90's alt-ness.
Here's the miracle, though: Foo Fighters never feel like a backward-looking band. Light is a muscular rock & roll throwdown, featuring the Foos delivering exactly the kind of catchy, pummeling anthems they're known for, with total disregard for the whims of the masses. "Bridge Burning" is rich and fiery, its layered chorus and machine-gun percussion will knock you over on first listen while "These Days" is a tough, moody power ballad in the melancholic spirit of 1997's "Everlong". Once upon a time I was somebody else,Grohl growls on "Back & Forth", but it turns out he's still that guy affable yet fierce, and ready with a memorable chorus.