Foo Fighters, "Wasting Light"

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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