** disclaimer: if you don’t care about music / the Foo Fighters stop reading and skip to the next article **
As you know by now, besides virtualization I also love music. I’ve always been active doing articles / interviews and much more in the past but at a point I decided to focus my writing on virtualization. Every now and then I get the urge to write something not virtualization related and this time Foo Fighters is what triggered this sporadic change of topic.
I’ve been a Nirvana fan since one of the first albums. I loved every single song and was always intrigued by their drummer Dave Grohl and one of their guitarists Pat Smear. I already knew Pat Smear as he used to be part of The Germs and I was a hardcore-punk kid. When Nirvana released In Utero, which back then disappointed the more “poppy” fans of Nirvana, I loved it. It was loud and fast, just the way I liked it. Not as loud and fast as most of the music I would normally listen to, but hey it was close enough. Nirvana came to an end and I expected that to be the last to ever be heard of the individual band members…
It didn’t take long before the rumors start spreading around, Nirvana’s drummer Dave Grohl was working on something called the Foo Fighters. When their first album dropped I bought it without hesitating. It was different than I expected and to be honest I was slightly disappointed. I expected a bit less pop and more grunge / punk considering Dave wrote these songs… After listening to the album for 10 maybe 20 times I got used to the sound and the songs started to stick and grow on me. I kept following the band but they never struck me the way Nirvana could. When they released “Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace” that all of a sudden changed. Although it still wasn’t as edgy as I hoped it would be. But things were changing for the better and I was anxiously awaiting their new album… Wasting Light.
Wasting Light is the album I played the most over the last 5 years and maybe even 10. I think I listen to it at least twice a day and it never gets boring. Every single song on Wasting Light is amazing. I’ve read a lot of reviews for Wasting Light and most of them seem to come to the same conclusion that this a great rock album but not much more and definitely not renewing… even call it artistically diminishing but the fact of the matter is that this is Rock. Yes with a capital R! A rock album doesn’t need to be renewing, no a rock album needs to have an edge to it. All things need to come together at the same time, and when that happens you have a classic album. The last 5-10 years I was never really impressed as most rock albums were over-produced. Rock doesn’t need to be perfect.
It was difficult to pick just one song as I love most songs on this album, but I really like Arlandria. The reason for it being that this song could be the seen as the summary of this album. This song contains everything a perfect Foo Fighters song should contain. Arlandria by the Foo Fighters.
I totally agree with you, IMO the fact that someone could considerd last FF album as artistically diminshinig is due to the fact that this band do simple pure Rock in every song they write/play.
It is not a way of avoiding music risks but to provide to listener a firm guarantee about what he/she is going to listen, pure,raw, untouched rock music.
My personal fav? best of me
Not a big fan of FF myself, but have to admit they got few songs which I Like. Think that you may have some typo in article. Wasting Light has been realesed sometime this year and you’re saying “I played the most over the last 5 years and maybe even 10″…
Duncan Epping says
No, I played this album more often already than any album released in the last 5 year. So although it not even out for a year yet I played it more often than anything else.
If you like their new album then you definitely need to see them in concert! I was at the Detroit concert last week and it’s a great, high energy show. In Kansas City they had some idiot protesters outside of the arena and here’s what happened. 🙂 http://youtu.be/6e5hRLbCaCs
I usually go straight to track 11, Walk as I think that’s a hidden gem. Then I listen to whole album. Probably not the best music to listen to when driving home, it’s going to land me in trouble one day 🙂