You can never tell with new albums how they’ll turn out, but my my, isn’t it a relief when it comes out golden?
I’m talking of the newest Foo Fighters album, one of which I personally will be bragging about to anyone young and old about for a while.
Taking one step back in the recording process, Dave Grohl from the Foos suggested recording their whole album in his garage – the old-school grunge way. With the assortment of computers and applications used to clean and polish tracks nowadays, it became a realisation that they may in fact, like others before them, be polishing them too much.
The grunge factor of the first Foo Fighters album was what people fell in love with, and like most bands, we unintentionally became more distant with what we fell in love with in the first place.
Of course, like anything we fall in love with, we tend to over-glorify certain aspects over others. Whether it be that grisly scream from a chorus, or the mesmerizing signature bass drum, it’s a natural reaction to automatically dislike anything new.
With Wasting Light out on shelves this week, all I’ll say is that I’ve listened to it at least six times now, getting more and more into it with every play. It dawned on me that I haven’t done that with a CD in a long time.
Foo Fighters have gone from pure rock to lighter tones. And now, the helium has run out, and it’s back to Earth. I love what you’ve done to the place, Dave. Feels like home.
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