Going back to the garage hardly means that the Foo Fighters  are slumming on their seventh studio album, "Wasting Light." Recorded in the garage of frontman Dave Grohl' s home in Encino, Calif., the 11-song set is an explosive, high-octane burst of rock energy from a 16-year-old band that is tightly honed and righteously raw. Butch Vig -who worked with Grohl while producing Nirvana 's landmark "Nevermind" (1991)-guides those two sensibilities into a potent attack. Some of the album's arch, twisting dynamics owe as much to Rush  as they do to Led Zeppelin  or the Sex Pistols . But the ebb-and-flow power-rock melodicism that's the Foos' stock in trade is in fine form on such tracks as "A Matter of Time," first single "Rope," "Arlandria," "Back & Forth" and "Bridge Burning," while guests Krist Novoselic ("I Should Have Known") and Bob Mould ("Dear Rosemary") add emotional and sonic depth to Grohl's soul-searching peeks into his past.
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