Patrick Stump
Truant Wave


2.5
average

Review

by Nevin USER (56 Reviews)
February 23rd, 2011 | 40 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The establishment of Patrick Stump's solo career comes with both clichés and synth-ridden melodies.

Patrick Stump is something of an interesting character, isn't he? During his time with the wildly successful Fall Out Boy, he led his group through a series of pop-punk (border on pop toward the end of their career) releases, which garnered them an explosion of attention from 2003 to 2008. Since the band's indefinite hiatus announcement in 2010, he's been working on his upcoming solo album, Soul Punk. From this release spawned the six track EP, Truant Wave which was released in order to keep the fans satisfied until he could complete his full length - and with this release came quite the surprise. The album sports a boisterous and danceable power-pop sound, saturated with synth and club-pounding beats under Stump's powerfully soulful vocals. With such a remarkable career shift from one of the most well known mainstream pop-punk front men, it will undoubtedly create quite the hype machine from his devoted fans - but does it deserve such a response?

Unfortunately, the answer is a loud, resounding "no". The record is impressive in both production value and Stump's ability to control his voice magnificently, but is bogged down by the appalling clichés he utilizes in songs such as "As Long As I Know I'm Getting Paid", in which the title speaks for itself. In songs like "Cute Girls" where he does his finest Michael Jackson impression, he shows promise for his ability to craft and sustain catchy and memorable melodies, but interrupts his own momentum by introducing guest spots that fail to live up to the standards that Stump sets earlier on in the song. Opening track "Porcelain" is yet another track where the banalities and the awful guest appearances do nothing but overshadow any positive aspects - but on certain songs, these positive aspects are aplenty.

Pseudo-colossal finisher "Big Hype" sets up yet another perfect backdrop for Stump to work his enormous vocal range with, and for once he completely delivers. The boisterous and party focused themes of the earlier songs are finally humbled for a slower, and more powerful track which works wonderfully with Stump's ability to harmonize and build-up his vocalizations with the crescendo. Had the successful moments of both "Big Hype" and "Cute Girls" been smoothed out and built upon in a cleaner and more focused effort, then Stump's debut would be something worth hyping. Unfortunately he bogs down his work with clichéd and forgettable lyricism, as well as dreadful guest features that serve to do nothing but take away from his creative prowess. There are glimpses of him breaking out that prolific side of his brain when he sees fit, and one can only hope that he utilizes that for a more memorable effect on his upcoming LP. It may not satisfy long-time fans, but it shows hope for a brighter future for Stump's budding solo career.



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theacademy
Staff Reviewer
February 23rd 2011


28838 Comments


still waiting for soul pop since that suits his voice best

if this sucks it would be a huge disappointment...

Digging: Charli XCX - Sucker

Slum
February 23rd 2011


2579 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

There are glimpses of that on here, but he never quite hits the right marks. This is more shitty dance-pop than soul pop

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
February 23rd 2011


28838 Comments


urgh that sounds like a bad formula

Slum
February 23rd 2011


2579 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

It has its moments but it's mostly pretty bad/forgettable

Irving
Staff Reviewer
February 23rd 2011


7321 Comments


Some minor niggles:

a.) Opening track "Porcelian"

Porcelain.

b.) Review was great for the most part, but your ending sentence, "I get the distinct feeling no fingers will be crossed" honestly feels quite flat - mainly because a.) the final impression that the review leaves us with is that the album is a bit of a mixed bag, and b.) it doesn't have that much of an effective "verve" (for lack of a better term) to it.

Still, good writing Slum. This might just be a feature in the next couple of days; calling it.

DinosaurJones
February 23rd 2011


491 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yeah, I was actually disappointed with this. He's got a great voice and great talents, but this was so electronic that it really turned me off.

Still looking forward to Soul Punk though.

Slum
February 23rd 2011


2579 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I had the same feeling about the final sentence. I'll look it over and revise it pretty soon. Greatly appreciate the read through man

iFghtffyrdmns
February 23rd 2011


7047 Comments


but is bogged down by the appalling clichés he utilizes in songs such "As Long As I Know I'm Getting Paid",

I think you forgot an "as" in front of "As".

Also, this is more of a matter of opinion, but in the next sentence:
"In songs such as "Cute Girls""
you say 'such as' again, I might change it to
"In a song like 'Cute Girls..."
Like I said though, that's more my opinion on which sounds better.
Other than that, great review. Concise and organized. I will most likely avoid this.

CrimsonChin
February 23rd 2011


116 Comments


sorry i didn't have time to read the review, i will later. anyways, i heard the first track and am almost in love with it, how does the rest of the record hold up to that?

Spec
February 23rd 2011


27302 Comments


So bad.

Defeater
February 23rd 2011


5782 Comments


patrick dump

Slum
February 23rd 2011


2579 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

@iFight Thanks for pointing those out dude, I didn't take enough time to proofread this apparently

@Crimson Well if you like that track then you will most likely enjoy the rest of it, although that one is a little more synth heavy than the rest

Tyrael
February 23rd 2011


20978 Comments


NO, IT CAN'T BE TRUE!
Excellent review Slum.

Knott-
Emeritus
February 23rd 2011


10198 Comments


that cant be the actual album art what is that green shit

Slum
February 23rd 2011


2579 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

haha that's exactly what I was thinking, I have no idea what it is

KTLL
February 23rd 2011


87 Comments


^^Looks like an optical illusion. Tape positioned in a manner that it creates a third dimension when viewed from a certain angle.

Anyway, I think you used "cliche" or another form of it three times in three paragraphs.

But thanks for the advice, I'll stay away.

KTLL
February 23rd 2011


87 Comments


Oops, double post.

Defeater
February 23rd 2011


5782 Comments


lmfao nice avatar

Slum
February 23rd 2011


2579 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

more like Patrick Chump am i right guys?

Defeater
February 23rd 2011


5782 Comments


more like patrick star

fucking retard



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