Reviewed by James Christopher Sheppard

 

Teaming up with Nirvana’s Nevermind producer and Garbage founder, Butch Vig, the Foo Fighters return with their seventh studio album, Wasting Light. The reunion between Grohl and Vig comes exactly twenty years after they last worked together on what resulted in being one of the biggest and most influential albums of the 1990s, the aforementioned Nevermind. Last studio album, 2007’s Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace, was a UK #1, which furthered the band’s impressive portfolio of Top Ten long-players that currently stands at eight. Following a wait of almost four years, this release is one of the most eagerly awaited of the bands career.

‘Bridge Burning’

Destined to be a new rock classic, second single from the album, ‘Bridge Burning’ is a fast paced soaring lion’s roar of a single. With some great guitar effects on the intro, it progresses into a well-crafted thrashing melodic rock song, with a healthy balance of growling, screaming and singing. Angry and awesome.

‘Rope’

First single, ‘Rope’ continues the momentum, but is far less angry. This builds from a sound that is typically Foo Fighters into an intricately complex track, executed effortlessly.

‘Dear Rosemary’

Emotive and a change in tempo, ‘Dear Rosemary’ displays a softer side to Grohl’s vocals and softer music that builds as the song progresses. This sounds cross between The Pixies and Tenacious D, which isn’t particularly a bad thing.

‘White Limo’

Woah! Thrusting the tempo back up, this is the most Nevermind friendly track so far, but only in that it’s as heavy as ‘Territorial Pissings’. With an impressive scream/growl throughout, Growl shows us he can still deliver a punch, or ten, directly to your ears. Nice.

‘Arlandria’

Not too heavy, but with a good amount of punch, this is an obvious radio choice, with the memorable hook ‘You and what army, Arlandria?’ being repeated throughout. This is lyrically brilliantly crafted and could potentially be a massive hit.

Read the full review at Eyewear 

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