Foo Fighters leaked their own album on Friday. I got the text and almost drove off the damn road.
Wasting Light is the Foo’s 7th studio album which the band began recording in August in Dave Grohl’s garage. It’s totally analog, no computers were used, the entire thing went to tape, what you’re hearing is genuine, raw Foo.
This album marks the official return of Pat Smear, to my insane delight. Pat did the Echos, Silence, Patience & Grace tour with the band so I had assumed it wouldn’t be long before they were declared a 5 piece. Butch Vig, who also produced Nevermind and drums for one of my all time favorite bands, Garbage, produced the album. Butch is an effin’ genius and you can certainly hear his influence all over this album.
Guests on the album include Bob Mould from Hüsker Dü, he does backing vocals on “Dear Rosemary”, Fee Waybill from the Tubes also does some backing vocals on several songs. (The Tubes! Totally random, right?) And then of course there is the mind blowing, absolutely epic, Kurt inspired “I Should Have Known” with Krist Novoselic on bass and accordian. This song also has intentionally dirty vocals and almost sounds distorted, adding to the insane intensity of the tune.
Many Foo fans have commented that this is a typical Foo album and some even say it sounds like 90’s FF. I totally disagree. Wasting Light is not a typical Foo album, although it’s still obviously Dave Grohl’s usual formula and still implements “The Pixies Method”. In my opinion, this is a new sound for the Foo, although the natural progression from ESP&G. Pat and Chris rock the f**k out of this record, Dave and Taylor harmonize like their lives f**cking depend on it and Dave’s vocals are totally polished and more perfect than ever before, even on a mic in a garage. And just when you think there is no way his songwriting could grow more amazing, it does.
You don’t need to be a Foo fan to enjoy this album, all you have to be is a fan of quality music. An incredible album from front to back. My only 2 complaints would be “Really? Only 11 tracks Butch? C’mon” and that there is not one swear to be named.
You can see the entire album performed live tomorrow night following the “Back & Forth” documentary at the Carmike 10. It will be broadcast into the theater in 3-D. And if you wanna see a genuine balls out rock show, I highly recommend getting your ass to the Adams Center on May 26th.
Wasting Light hits stores and iTunes on Tuesday, April 12th. Hear the awesomeness now at wastinglight.foofighters.com