Matt’s 5 Favorite Albums of 2011 – #1 Foo Fighters – Wasting Light

Here is number 1 of my 5 favorite albums of 2011…

THE FOO FIGHTERS

Wasting Light

The Foo Fighters went back to basics in 2011, even going as far as recording their new album right to analog tape. It paid off big time with an album I must have listened to 30 times in its entirety this year.

Bridge Burning kicks the album off with the Foos pulling out their finest hard rock riffs. I’d like to nominate the second track, and first single, Rope, as the Foo Fighters’ new best song.

For Nirvana fans, there is a touching musical moment in I Should Have Known, when Krist Novoselic shows up to remind us why the bass was such an integral part of the Nirvana sound.

The analog sound of this record comes through wonderfully on vinyl. Taylor’s array of cymbals crash and smash through the speakers like a good record should. It also includes a coupon for a free download of the MP3s, recorded from the vinyl itself.

With a movie, a gigantic album and a Record Store Day-only rarities collection, Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters had a huge year. Wasting Light is quickly becoming not only my favorite album of 2011, but my favorite Foo Fighters record, which is pretty big considering the competition.

Here’s a video for you…The Foo Fighters, playing the entire album live from their studio.

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