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CD review: Foo Fighters “Wasting Light”

CD review: Foo Fighters “Wasting Light”
Oklahoman Published: April 15, 2011


Foo Fighters “Wasting Light” (RCA)

With “Wasting Light,” Foo Fighters take an unexpected power surge and direct it at their fans — there might not be enough superlatives to describe a 17-year-old band operating at peak performance on its seventh album. Muscular, melodic and lean as a thoroughbred, “Wasting Light” is a vinyl-length reassertion of what great hard rock should be and a strangely reassuring consolidation of Dave Grohl's strengths — as a songwriter, a bandleader and a pied piper leading us all to a fist-pumping adolescent rock 'n' roll promised land.

Every song delivers something unexpected. Structurally speaking, the opening “Bridge Burning” is a marvel built with about seven hooks when two would get the job done, a fully seducing chorus and rich background vocals by — of all people — Fee Waybill of the Tubes. Just as impressively, “Rope” is built on prog-rock rhythms from Taylor Hawkins, sending the tight harmonies flying high, and the stunning “Dear Rosemary” plays like adrenalized British Invasion pop and features a duet with the legendary Bob Mould of Husker Du and Sugar.

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