“Are you ready for another bad poem?”
– “Rat A Tat”, Fall Out Boy
I could fill an album with my thoughts on Save Rock and Roll. I feel that I must be careful what I say, because Fall Out Boy have the most sensitive egos in music. And with good reason. Their initial popularity disintegrated into violent backlash over bassist/ lyricist Pete Wentz’s personal life and the band member’s various side projects. Fall Out Boy are out to save a lot more than rock and roll with this new record.
After I stopped overanalyzing Save Rock and Roll in the context of Fall Out Boy’s career, I liked it a lot better. It’s a high- octane record seeping with more energy than a party pack of Red Bull. Buy it, hear it, love it. Here’s my play- by- play, plus the sleeve notes featuring the Fall Out Boys photoshopped to perfection. For when you just don’t trust lyrics websites.
The Phoenix kicks off the album with a call to action: “Put on your war paint”. “The Phoenix” features some of the album’s more clever lyrics and kinda serves as a metaphor for the band’s experiences over the last few years. Let’s hope they’re the phoenix. (also a fun play- on- words with the title of their live album, Live In Phoenix).
My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark– The band’s comeback single caught the public’s ear early and remains a standout track on the album. The catchy intro plays well with others, and a wave of remixes has already flooded the Internet.
Alone Together caught in my head first. Can’t wait to hear this one in the arena!!!
Where Did The Party Go kick- started the whole comeback. Pete reached out to Patrick after his infamous blog post “We Liked You better Fat: Confessions Of A Paraih”, the two began writing, and after a while, they convinced the rest of the band to give FOB another go. “Where Did The Party Go” is a good song.
Just One Yesterday feat. Foxes: One of the album’s best tracks. Kayla Bell’s clear vocals compliment Patrick Stump’s perfectly for a bittersweet ballad/ anthem that seems like a sad song but makes you feel happy anyway.
The Mighty Fall feat. Big Sean: Not a fan. The token rapper- collab track has the lyrics of Weezer’s “Beverly Hills” and the beat of Justin Bieber’s “As Long As You Love Me”. I actually really like it until Big Sean shows up; it’s one of the better- mixed tracks on the album. I appreciate the effort, though.
Miss Missing You: Got caught in my head second. Super sweet and young and summery.
Death Valley: I don’t have much to say about this track. I’m glad it’s there because without it the album would fall under 40 minutes. I’m not a fan of how mixer Dave Sardy compressed Patrick’s vocals. It happens elsewhere on the album but it’s most glaring here. Patrick has some killer pipes, he should show them off. “Death Valley” also features a dubstep bridge.
Yong Volcanoes: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Rat A Tat feat. Courtney Love Has the most words of any song on the record. It’s classic Fall Out Boy with delicious Wentz-ian lyrics: angry, angsty, crazy, wild. At times, the song struggles with balancing rock overtones and a pop/dance beat, but it’s one of my favorites.
Save Rock and Roll feat. Elton John sounds exactly how you’d imagine a collaboration between Fall Out Boy and Elton John. Possibly Elton’s best collaboration since “Can You Feel The Love Tonight”, which was of course a collaboration with Simba.
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