The release of Wasting Light in 2011 filled in a much anticipated hole in the lives of Foo Fighters fans. One thing to remember when listening to this album, is that it was produced by Butch Vig in Dave’s garage on tape. The record isn’t a digital recording and you can really hear it as you listen deeper into the songs.
Butch Vig had previously made Nirvana’s Nevermind album a diamond success – the band that Dave had been drummer for with Kurt Cobain and Krist Novoselic, while Pat Smear toured with them in the bands final year.
There is a definite sense of reflection on the Wasting Light record, as not only the lyrics bring a touch of the past into what is the seventh studio album, but also the people who worked on it had also been influential in Dave’s life. Firstly Bob Mould was an influence in Dave’s musical career and he features on Dear Rosemary and I Should Have Known – which also features Nirvana’s bassist Krist Novoselic. The song, I Should Have Known, was rumoured to be in memory of Kurt, who’s suicide ended the grunge band back in ’94.
On a musical level, Wasting Light doesn’t feel like a typical Foo’s album, but then it does. Rope, Bridges Burning, Arlandria all open with a particular element of simplicity that seems to make the songs feel actually quite filling.
These Days also contributes to the highlights of the album, with a recognisable opening riff on guitar. The song echoes in your mind, bringing the outside world to a halt – just like the final song, Walk. Just like their other music videos, Walk retains that childish sense of humour and with Dave’s cheeky grin, where could you possibly go wrong?
It’s an absolute wonderful album by the band, but a couple of unnecessary screams throughout the album ruined it’s perfection for me. I know it shouldn’t matter, but for me, it just wasn’t what I wanted from it. It is still, and always will be far a cracking album though!