Thank God for the Foo Fighters. For once in a REALLY long time will radio once again be graced with the power of LE ROCK.
I am just so bloody sick and tired of hearing over-produced/auto-tuned crap on the airwaves. True, not all of this over-produced crap is bad, I mean I like some producers but more so than often I catch myself feeling suicidal when I turn on the radio.
When I first found out the Foos were working on a new album after their proclaimed hiatus in 2009, I was skeptical. Probably cause - (#1) I didn’t quite like the last album, Echo, Silence, Patience & Grace. (#2) Not a good sign for albums to come when a band releases a greatest hits album (#3) The Rock genre in the last decade hasn’t been facing any form of a “revolution” or a breakthrough or in other words the “rock is dead” theory.
But hey, I’m entitled to change my mind when their working with Butch Vig again right? AND not forgetting recording it all in Dave’s garage AND having Pat Smear (teehee) back in the band AND having Krist Novoselic to play bass in a song AND… wait for it… tracking it all to tape.
yup they actually gave a small slice of the tape in every CD. awesomeness isn’t it?
So production wise… the album is sooo freaking bloody fan-foo-fighting-tastic. I feel the analog love & the rawness. Conceptually for production it really makes sense to me. I mean, “low-tech approach for high-intensity rock”. THAT’S ROCK & ROLL alright.
On an FYI note, if you’re a production geek like me or just into the production of these things. You have to check out this awesome article on emusician of the production process and the techniques they used. Freaking A.
I mean I love digital recording technology but… seriously if you’re someone that can’t appreciate the artistry of tape or analog recording. I just think it’s a damn shame. Damn bloody shame.
Moving away from the production technicalities… to be brutally honest the album stylistically kind of sounds like an extension of Them Crooked Vultures with the exception of more guitars. But it seems to me that Wasting Light undeniable possess more… feelings ah. Many many feelings.
DAMN YOU FOOS, you guys still got it. The album starts off on a strong note with Bridge Burning. The guitar trio intro instantly had me nodding in approval as i started rocking out on my bed… pushing the volume of my headphones to a lethal volume.
Track after track, i was pretty blow away. Favourite songs so far are; Rope, Arlandia & A Matter Of Time. If there was a track i had a gripe with, it would be with White Limos (i believe its a single), it sounds a little like monkey wrench at the choruses & whatever Dave’s filtering his voice through makes him sound like a cat in heat. Besides this one minor thingy, i really do think this album is an important album for the Foos and possibly on par with The Colour & The Shape (in terms of importance).
Tho I haven’t listened to the album enough to sing along to every word yet (I got most of the choruses nailed), my neck kind of hurts from all the compulsive headbanging. But who cares, pain sheeemain. This album sure takes me back to my angry teenager days with all that youth to squander. My rock guts tingle; what a guilty pleasure.