Sunday 17 April 2011

Garage Rock With Foo Fighters

Foo Fighters is currently one of the biggest rock bands and can book any studio they'd like. But they chose to record their latest album in David Grohl's garage instead. And on top of that they went old school and recorded it all using analog equipment. According to the band themselves this resulted in their loudest record. The preview they gave us in the form of the heavy metal 'White Limo' surely pointed in that direction.

Foo Fighters - Wasting Light (Ronald Says 8 out of 10)
And surely they didn't disappoint the rock lovers. It's true this record has become one of their loudest ones. But also one of their most convincing and maybe best albums since 'The Colour And The Shape'. Right from the start they lead off with their typical sound: screaming guitars, screaming Dave Grohl, pounding drums but yet in a civilized way. This is Foo Fighters at their best. It breaths sweaty sexy rock 'n' roll. And of course some of the songs are big stadium rockers. But that's how they are best consumed: a sold out venue and some sweaty guys on stage rocking their pants off. Just listen to 'Rope', 'Arliandria' or 'Back & Forth'.

Besides getting Nevermind producer Butch Vig in for the album, they also invited former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic to appear on the track 'I Should Have Known', that is about their former band mate Kurt Cobain. And I don't know if it's Novoselic but the song does have a different sound to it than the rest of the album. Sometimes the band relaxes a bit for the occasional slower song although it never turns into a cotton candy dreary rock ballad. 'These Days' starts off slow but then turns into the kind of pop/rock song that is so typical Foo Fighters.

Somehow the band found a lot of positive vibes in that garage and they came out fully energized. And meanwhile they show how to make a great rock album. Maybe it's the analog recording that gives it that extra touch. Bottom line is they prove that they're still one of the top rock bands and will be for a while. They even decided to take the garage theme further and you can get them to play in your own garage if you're lucky. Well guys, there's a huge parking under my apartment building in Amsterdam and you're invited to rock it Foo-style.

Listen to 'Wasting Light' on Spotify

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