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Strictly Albums Of The Year: Wasting Light

Released April 24th 2011 by RCA

Chart Performance: The Foos successfully knocked Adele from the top of the charts but Wasting Light has yet to be certified gold in the UK.

What The Critics Said: “Wasting Light, and the mindset of 2011-era Foos, is effectively summed up by Grohl himself on closer ‘Walk’: “I never wanna die! I never wanna die!” he yells, and why would he? Sounds like his band are having too much fun”. NME

Foo Fighters are a band that need no introduction; onto their seventh album and fronted by ‘the nicest man in rock music’, Dave Grohl. Wasting Light is their latest, and arguably greatest album to date.

It was apparent that this album would be set apart from other Foos albums upon the pre-album release of “White Limo”, which is almost a post-hardcore song, and probably their heaviest to date (the video stars Motorhead’s Lemmy). The album reaches a level of consistency that the band have perhaps lacked since the 1990’s; that’s not to say that they’ve made bad albums since then, but Wasting Light contains no lesser tracks, and is certainly the first album to contend with The Colour And The Shape.

Foo Fighters went for a more stripped down, back to basics approach with the entire album being recorded in Grohl’s garage, perhaps in homage to Nirvana’s debut album, Bleach, quoted to have costed just over $600 to record. This is not the only tribute to Nirvana on the album, with Krist Novoselic appearing on ‘I Should Have Known’; Pat Smear (Nirvana’s touring guitarist) re-joining  the band; and Butch Vig also working on the album, a man who helped work on a little album called Nevermind. Perhaps these are the reasons that Foo Fighters have pulled off their best album since 1997, perhaps not, but whatever the reason, I’m seriously glad it’s occurred. The album brings all elements of Foo Fighters that people have come to love over the years: Huge choruses, huge screams, huge buildups – a truly huge album. Kyle Prangnell

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