"Wasting Light" -- released April 12 -- is Foo Fighters' seventh studio album and the band's heavies album to date.
While the group still tends to have softer verses that build into harder-hitting choruses, their music overall has changed, but it could very well be for the better. I see lyrical improvement in this album (not saying it wasn't great before), and the instrumental improvement is phenomenal.
For example, on previous albums, the Foo Fighters would have had a few stand-out tracks, such as "The Pretender," "All My Life," "Monkey Wrench" and "Best of You," but those songs were from different albums. Most of the songs on "Wasting Light" are stand-out tracks. Never before in a Foo Fighters' album have I seen so many of Foo Fighters' best songs.
Foo Fighters is a band that was started in late 1994 with its founding member Dave Grohl, who played drums for Nirvana (a band that began in 1990 but disbanded after front man Kurt Cobain committed suicide in 1994). So Grohl naturally gets most of his inspiration for music from Cobain, a musician who influenced many modern bands today.
Here is my track-by-track review of "Wasting Light" and my rating for each song, based on a scale of 1 to 10.
1. "Bridge Burning": One of my favorite songs on the CD, this song reminds me of "The Pretender," by starting off slow leading into the heavier part of the song, by the fast paced instruments, and by its catchy chorus. Rating: 9.
2. "Rope": The first single from "Wasting Light" and one of the best songs on the CD. Good lyrics and excellent musical composition. Rating: 8.
3. "Dear Rosemary": Slightly softer than the first two songs on the record, this song had a lot of effort put into it. Rating: 8.
4. "White Limo": The second single: very weird for Foo Fighters. The vocals on this song are similar to those by "Queens of the Stone Age." Foo Fighters' heaviest song to date. Rating: 9.
5. "Arlandria": I don't know what this song is about. The lyrics are somewhat misleading; a proper explanation would be needed from the band to know for sure. I think it has deeper meaning than what I can observe, but it certainly comes from the creative genius of Grohl. Rating: 8.5.
6. "These Days": Much softer song, going back to Foo Fighters' original style. Also great lyrics on this song. Rating: 7.
7. "Back & Forth": Another hit. I can see this song being a post-album single. Rating: 8.
8. "A Matter of Time": One of the weaker songs on the CD, this song lacks the creativity the rest of the album has. So overall, it doesn't get high ratings. Rating 5.5.
9. "Miss the Misery": The album's title comes from a line in this song's chorus. Definitely one of the better songs on the album. Rating 8.
10. "I Should Have Known": Softest song on the album; great lyrics. Rating: 7.
11. "Walk": Foo Fighters played this song live prior to "Wasting Lights' " release; it's very catchy. Rating: 8.
12. "Rope (Deamau5 Mix)": Strange, as most remixes are. But this song still manages to pull me into it. Rating: 7.
13. "Better Off": Foo Fighters close the album off with a harder song. Good but not their best. Rating: 7.
"Wasting Light" is my favorite Foo Fighters album, so if you like this band, Nirvana, or pretty much any other grunge or post-grunge band then give this album a quick listen.
Alex Esplin will be a senior at Dorius Academy in the fall. He enjoys writing short stories, plays guitar and also sings for a local band. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.