AOTY 2019

Wasting Light

Foo Fighters - Wasting Light
Critic Score
Based on 28 reviews
2011 Ratings: #334 / 920
User Score
Based on 200 ratings
2011 Ratings: #148
April 12, 2011 / Release Date
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RCA / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Spin

It's Grohl's most memorable set of songs since 1997's The Colour and the Shape.

90
Consequence of Sound

Wasting Light has cornered the kind of ideas that make up the best of the band’s catalog in an earnest attempt to go as big as possible, while staying relatively grounded.

80
PopMatters

Wasting Light is so consistently good that its minor flaws are subsumed by the sense of goodwill and energy it generates.

70
No Ripcord

Catchy choruses remain, arpeggios hardly make an appearance in favor of volatile hooks, and quiet-loud dynamics are still the norm.

MasterCrackfox
71
In a final solid statement for one of the largest acts in alternative rock music through the late 90s to now, Foo Fighters do what they essentially never accomplished up to this point; put together a consistently well pieced together album.

Not fully abandoning the "focus on the hits" formula, but clearly shaking off the mentality to some degree, this collection of songs from the group never necessarily feels like a mega-hit machine but instead an effort to hone in on every song and ... read more
Oxide
94
The Foo Fighters are one of my favourite rock bands of all time, however when it comes to their albums, often times as a complete package they fall slightly short. With 'Wasting Light' however, this is most definitely not the case. This album is extremely underrated in terms of what it offers to rock music in the modern era, and fans of rock music who are living through the "death of rock music", should definitely give this album a chance.

From the explosive opening of 'Bridge ... read more
MinatoArisato
70
One of Dave Grohl's best works in a long time. Wasting Light is pure and unadulterated Rock and Roll.

Best Track: Rope
Worst Track: White Limo
th_initiator
80
▲ = Bridge Burning, Rope, White Limo, Arlandria, These Days, Walk
▬ = Dear Rosemary, Back & Forth, A Matter Of Time, Miss The Misery, Should Have Known
▼ =
PipePanic
94
One of Foo Fighters finest albums, bringing in the over-the-top rock and roll swagger of yesteryear, to the polish, grit and fun of more modern rock staples, creating a fun as hell and refreshingly creative album from one of rocks loudest voices (Both literally and figuratively).

Favorite Jams: White Limo, These Days, Walk

Lest Favorite: A Matter Of Time
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Track List

  1. Bridge Burning 
  2. Rope 
  3. Dear Rosemary 
  4. White Limo 
  5. Arlandria 
  6. These Days 
  7. Back & Forth 
  8. A Matter Of Time 
  9. Miss The Misery 
  10. I Should Have Known 
  11. Walk
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