Foo Fight­ers rock back to form

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The first thing Foo Fight­ers fans need to know about Wast­ing Light – the band’s sev­enth al­bum that was un­veiled early in New Zealand thanks to last month’s Christchurch ben­e­fit con­cert – is that it rocks. Hard.

Nearly ev­ery song is smoth­ered with the same kind of grunty hooks and raw anger that made 1997’s clas­sic Foos record The Colour and the Shape, and sig­na­ture hit Mon­key Wrench, such com­pelling lis­ten­ing. Check out the awe­some feed­back blitz that sees Wast­ing Light’s first sin­gle Rope out to its thrilling close, the Nir­vana-es­que open­ing to A Mat­ter of Time or the pure garage-metal thrills of White Limo and nod your head and raise your devil horns in ap­proval.

Fans have three things to thank for this star­tling re­turn to form: Nir­vana pro­ducer Butch Vig, here work­ing with Grohl for the first time since Nir­vana’s Nev­er­mind; gui­tarist Pat Smear, who has re­turned to the Foos’ fold for the first time since The Colour and the Shape; and the fact that this was recorded in Dave Grohl’s garage.

The Foos feel right at home and Wasted Light is also a mas­ter­class in tight, sharp rock song­writ­ing that sees Grohl and the boys shed­ding some of the bag­gage that made re­cent al­bums a lit­tle long and over­bear­ing.

In Your Honor, the Foos’ dou­ble-disc record from 2005, we’re look­ing at you.

Tracks like Bridge Burn­ing and Dear Rose­mary don’t muck about at get­ting straight

by the Foo Fight­ers. to the point, These Days and Back & Forth are the sort of fes­ti­val-friendly songs you can imag­ine be­ing sung in uni­son by thou­sands of drunk fans.

Then there’s al­bum high­light Ar­lan­dria, a swirling med­ley of Gui­tar Hero riffs and Grohl’s snarling vo­cals that would sound great whether be­ing played on your ipod or in Vec­tor Arena. ‘‘Please play at max­i­mum vol­ume’’ de­mands the al­bum’s cover, and it’s ad­vice worth lis­ten­ing to.

‘‘ I never want to die,’’ screams Grohl dur­ing the al­bum’s clos­ing mo­ments. When your band is in this kind of form, why the hell would you? Long may rock king Dave Grohl live.

GRUNTY HOOKS: Wast­ing Light

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