50 Best Albums of 2011

Foo Fighters, 'Wasting Light'
20/50

20. Foo Fighters, 'Wasting Light'

The Foos dive into their punkrock past, recording with Nevermind producer Butch Vig and getting cameos from Krist Novoselic and Hüsker Dü's Bob Mould. The result is their most inspired LP in a decade, mixing scorching riffs with the hard-won wisdom of songs like the Kurt Cobain remembrance "I Should Have Known."

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