Wasting Light

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Rock superstars cut another clean, excellent CD.

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 4 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

Some positive messages about "learning to walk again" after going through hard times in life.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Songs encourage listeners to get back up after they've fallen down and endured rough patches.


The song "These Days" deals with dying ("One of these days your heart will stop and play its final beat"), and one metaphor about how having an emotional hold on someone is like putting them in a "noose."


One use of the word "s--t."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Wasting Light is a super-clean rock album, containing no graphic lyrics about sex or substances, one semi-aggressive metaphor comparing emotional ties to a "noose," a few references to (non-violently) passing away, and just one instance of the word "s--t." While these lyrics can get real at times (for example, "One of these days I bet your heart'll be broken, I bet your pride'll be stolen"), and the somewhat obscure lyrics will go above the heads of younger kids, this record is still an overall great choice for younger fans of good rock and roll.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bycharles daniels June 1, 2014

Great, quality post grunge

This band is awesome!, each of their songs have their own identity, this album has fist pumping, anthemic hard rock tracks like "rope", "bridge b... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old November 12, 2018

It's the FOO FIGHTERS nobody doesn't like them

Foo Fighters usually don't swear they actually throw in a good message.So listen to this album FOR SURE!!!
Kid, 12 years old January 20, 2013


I loved their concert... I am 13 and I went to their concert when I was 11... I really want to got to their next concert as the one I went to at Metricon Stadiu... Continue reading

What's the story?

WASTING LIGHT is the Grammy-nominated eighth record from one of the world's biggest rock bands of the moment: the Foo Fighters. Like most alt-rock records, this one includes some indirect, puzzle-like messages about life's ups and downs, but none are especially dark or depressing.

Is it any good?

Foo Fighter frontman Dave Grohl may have had his start in one of the most well-known alternative bands of all time -- Nirvana -- but he's grown to produce many a mass-appeal rock song with his current group. Grohl has a gift for writing lyrics and music that are at once simple and powerful, a talent that comes through loud and clear with these tracks. Particular highlights include the hard-driving kick-off track, "Bridge Burning," and "Dear Rosemary," featuring Bob Mould, leader of the legendary punk band Husker Du. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why the Foo Fighters have become one of the biggest bands in the world. What are some of things that make the Foo Fighters so popular?

  • The band is known for its cleaner lyrics and super-catchy hooks. What's more important in a song -- the lyrics or the music? Why?

Music details

  • Artist: Foo Fighters
  • Release date: April 12, 2011
  • Type: Album
  • Label: RCA
  • Genre: Rock
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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