Fall Out Boy, for better or worse, featured heavily in my generation’s teen years. The “emo wave” hit around the time I hit high school, and I spent most of my that time with Fall Out Boy, My Chemical Romance, Panic! at the Disco, and various other “emo” pop punk bands. When Fall Out Boy broke up near the end of high school, it felt like the end of an era.
Songs like ‘Grand Theft Autumn (Where Is Your Boy)’ and ‘Sophomore Slump or Comeback of the Year’ still give me shivers, because a lot of memories are built alongside music, and Fall Out Boy was the soundtrack of a particular youth. (Thnks fr th Mmrs, y knw?)
And now they’re back.
When releasing a new album, most bands will tease and build suspense by announcing a song that will be released in the next few days. Fall Out Boy decided that wasn’t rock and roll enough for them, and instead of releasing one or two songs and saving the rest for album-buyers, released the whole album to Soundcloud for streaming.
Featuring icons such as Elton John and Courtney Love, it’s clear that Fall Out Boy are pulling out all the stops on their comeback album. Let’s be honest, Save Rock and Roll isn’t the most modest of titles, and they’re not shying around their goal.
The album is mightily diverse and has badass songs like ‘Rat A Tat’ (featuring Courtney Love), which is an exhilarating rush of musical badassery backed by a relentless rhythm section. It also has gorgeous ballads like ‘Young Volcanoes’ which shows off Pete Wentz’s lyrical skills and Pat Stump’s beautifully clear voice (his diction has improved somewhat since the hiatus, if nothing else).
Save Rock and Roll is a little less experimental than Folie a Deux. Highlights, apart from the songs above, include title track ‘Save Rock and Roll’ (it features Elton John, musically and thematically sounds like the descendent of ‘What a Catch, Donnie’, pays homage to their past music and comes complete with rousing chorus).
I’ll be straight with you – I wasn’t sure what to expect from this album. ‘My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark’ seemed a bit heavy, and I worried they were setting themselves up to fail. Save Rock and Roll, even if it is a little ironic, is a big goal. Still, I found myself thoroughly enjoying this album. I’m glad that they’re back.
Rating: 8/10 – Solid album with some stand out songs.