Listening Post: Foo Fighters Wasting Light (Sony Music)

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ABSENCE makes the heart grow fonder, but does it make stadium fillers hungrier?

ABSENCE makes the heart grow fonder, but does it make stadium fillers hungrier?

Let’s face it, if you’re a fan you have this anyway, but can the latest Grohl growler compare to past glories?

Certainly it begins the way you would hope after let-down single Rope, then where Dear Rosemary is a bitter-hearted plodder White Limo is the nasty, scream-driven home-wrecker we’ve yearned for. Arlandria has a classic Foo chorus given the trademark Butch Vig buzzsaw feel that makes much here blend on first sitting until closing belter Walk.

More thriller than filler, but alas no classic.

Cat’s Eyes Cat’s Eyes (Polydor)

FINALLY those shiny things in the middle of the road get a record deal...or maybe it is the meeting of minds that is Canadian via London instrumentalist Rachel Zeffra and Faris Badwan, mop-headed singer with The Horrors.

A tour friendship forged over ’60s girl groups tenders a dramatic pop outing that aches to be something Phil Spector might have tendered but also hits buttons marked ‘vague’ and ‘wishy washy’.

That said, it does fulfil their experimental premise while highlighting Zeffra’s fallen-angel vocals against Faris’s dark, spookier tones.

Curious, fad-dodging, odd.

Raphael Saadiq Stone Rollin’ (Columbia)

IF Cee Lo Green discovered the gateway to the land of soul music past then former Tony! Toni! Tone! man Saadiq leapt right through it, lived there a while and hopped back with this helping of delicious “old school” RnB love.

Stomping opener Heart Attack gets your attention, Go To Hell soothes it and Radio bounces all over it again as Over You indulges dumbed down production styling to stunning affect.

Sure, you could go to source and grab genuine 1960s-70s soul but Saadiq does that mix of vintage with a modern twist that Kravitz once did so well.

Spring has sprung.