Aside from being the band’s first number one album, Wasting Light is pretty much what you’d expect from a Foo Fighters record—catchy songs with bog choruses. About the best way I can think to describe the Foo Fighters’ music is to say that it is a mixture of post hardcore (ala Sunny Day Real Estate and Hot Water Music) and classic arena rock (ala Boston and Kiss). On the surface one might not think that these would be two great tastes that actually taste great together, but Dave Grohl and company have pulled it off and have done so for the past 16 years. And if Wasting Light is any indication, this band is no where near to slowing down.
Up to this point, the Foo Fights have not put out a bad record and Wasting Light continues in that tradition. In fact I’d go so far as to say that this is not only a great record but one of the best of the year. Stand out tracks include “Back & Forth,” “These Days,” “Bridge Burning,” and “A Matter of Time” but to be honest the entire thing is great. My only concern going into this record was that with the Pat Smear back in the band (as the third guitarist) that the record would feel busy but it doesn’t. In fact I think the inclusion of Smear has made the band that much stronger.
One thing that I’ve always liked about this band is how down to earth they seem. Granted I’ve never met them and am going entirely off of the interviews that I have seen and read, but these guys all seem extremely well grounded and I don’t detect an ounce of rock star attitude. That is impressive.