Fall Out Boy - Save Rock and Roll
Record Label: Island
Release Date: April 16, 2013
For the duration of their career, Fall Out Boy has had to battle criticism from every corner of the Earth; with any mention of the band, critics slash away at their unique style of emo and pop-punk, while dedicated fans are quick to point out that the group will never create another album in the vein of their punk-rock roots. After their last tour in 2009, Fall Out Boy quietly went on an indefinite hiatus – leaving fans wondering if they had seen the last of the Chicago band.
In 2013, a little over three years into their absence, rumors of a Fall Out Boy reunion began to surface. Seemingly out of nowhere, Fall Out Boy announced a comeback tour, lead single, and a new album. Riding a massive wave of momentum from lead single, “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark,” Fall Out Boy has just released their new record, Save Rock and Roll. While the album is a clear departure from the band’s roots, Save Rock and Roll is one of Fall Out Boy’s best records to date.
It only takes the first five seconds of opening track, “The Phoenix,” to see how drastically Fall Out Boy’s sound has changed. “The Phoenix” kicks off with an absolutely wicked strings section and lead singer Patrick Stump sings a barrage of lyrics with an intensity never heard from the band. The song doesn’t have any guitar until nearly the first minute and it sets the tone for the overall sound of Save Rock and Roll.
Save Rock and Roll is an album full of songs ready for mainstream radio – even if they are lacking the traditional Fall Out Boy sound. “Where Did The Party Go?” is a dance-like tune with an infectious chorus that will have you tapping your feet and moving to the rhythm in the first minute of the track. “Alone Together” displays some of the angst-ridden lyrics that Fall Out Boy became known for early in their career and the synth-driven chorus makes this tune a huge success.
“Young Volcanoes” is the future radio giant of this record. The song sounds like a mixture of fun. and Train and Stump’s vocals sound fantastic over the constant acoustic guitar and hand claps present on the track. “Young Volcanoes” will be a massive hit this upcoming summer – mark my words.
The highlight of the album is the closing 1-2 punch of “Rat A Tat” and title track “Save Rock and Roll.” With the help of some gang vocals, a rousing guitar riff, an oddly captivating feature from Courtney Love, and an incredibly catchy chorus, “Rat A Tat” is the only song on the album that could truly fit on any of Fall Out Boy’s past records.
Beginning with a beautiful piano melody, “Save Rock and Roll” shows the members of Fall Out Boy more in sync with each than ever before. Stump truly shines on the track as he masterfully croons and displays his massive vocal range throughout the entire track. With a huge chorus and a great appearance from Sir Elton John, “Save Rock and Roll” is not only the best song on the whole album, but it’s undoubtedly one of the best tracks that Fall Out Boy has ever written.
Save Rock and Roll isn’t a perfect record by any means though. “Just One Yesterday” feels like a filler track while “The Mighty Fall” is a solid tune that suffers because of an awkward feature from rapper Big Sean. At various times on the record, Fall Out Boy’s overly ambitious ideas cause some songs to suffer because the band is trying to accomplish so much at one time that it kills the flow of a track.
Eight years ago, Save Rock and Roll would have been an album people would have hated. Fans and critics would have loathed the new sound of the band and the album would have been a bust. Now that we’ve had a chance to mature, Save Rock and Roll clearly speaks to our generation. We can identify and relate to this record more than ever because we’ve had to grow up and rise from the ashes of our mistakes – much like Fall Out Boy did. Fall Out Boy may not be the same band that wrote the anthems to our bad break-ups and awkward high school moments, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be the group that accompanies us into our own future.
So go out and pick up Save Rock and Roll. The record is an absolute must-have and it will definitely go down as one of the best albums of the year. If you aren’t a Fall Out Boy fan now, you’ll certainly be by the end of this album. And for all the loyal Fall Out Boy fans out there, it’s safe to rejoice – the take’s over and the break is definitely over.
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