Fall Out Boy
Save Rock and Roll


3.0
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Review

by mpmontes17 USER (1 Reviews)
April 13th, 2013 | 13 replies | 2,392 views


Release Date: 04/16/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: I believe Save Rock and Roll was meant to be ironic yet true, in the sense that Fall Out Boy meant to make what music they want.

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Sometimes, irony is something we need to get used to. Fall Out Boy unexpectedly did what the expected fans, critics and the music industry alike. Fall Out Boy's highly, secretive, anticipated, comeback album is released this past April 12 under Island Def Jam Music Group and Fueled By Ramen consisting of 13 unexpected tracks coming from Patrick Stump, Pete Wentz, Joe Trohman and Andy Hurley.

Fall Out Boy is a band who had a knack for weird, upbeat yet interesting lyrics that you hear on their past albums before their indefinite hiatus. Who wouldn't forget "Sugar...", "16 Candles", "Dance..", "...MMRS", "*** **** arms' race", "The take over..." and "I Don't Care" anthems? Seriously, every track pack a punch whether it's your first time to listen this song or you just want to repeat the song after the last two seconds. The bands' past albums always geared for fast-paced drum work, rippin' riffs and matching dynamics of bass and soaring falsetto. As years passed, Fall Out Boy had maintained a progression, whether you like it or not, on their past albums. As we laid our ears on "Save Rock and Roll", we ought to find what Fall Out Boy wanted to mean on this ironic album title (of course, this includes the album art).

The album starts with "The Phoenix" and as you can see, you're in for a one hell of a ride. The drum beats, that turns into a dance-like anthem, in sync with Patrick Stump's undeniable voice, the song would pack a punch on whoever listens to this song. Though it's difficult to accept the fact, seriously this makes sense, that FOB lost their signature sound, I assure you that you'll embrace this new album after listening to this song. Like a Phoenix, FOB's burning desire to step out and start a new beginning is scorching as hell. "My Songs Know..." is the continuation of the first track's level of intensity. What made this song interesting is how simple the chorus' lyrics yet Pat Stump handled it in a different way: as he sang the last part, you know what I mean, his voice is somewhat a burst of angst and dynamic. Though "Alone together" would bring the two tracks' level of intensity down, the song's still fun to listen but it's below average. "Where Did the Party Go" would somewhat reminds you of the intro "Dance, Dance" but that's it. Nothing new but the song is average yet forgettable.

"Miss Missing You" features a simple approach of synth effects and drum beats yet it is saved by Patrick Stump's pure and emotional voice. "Death Valley" is a reminiscent to how Pop is handled in the past: it is done like a dance anthem. "Young Volcanoes" is an acoustic track in sync with clapping hands, soaring vocals that is somewhat reminiscent on how Simple Plan approach "Summer Paradise" in acoustic guitar.

As we focus on the album's guest appearances, it's difficult to decide whether they improved the song or just an extra to make the song "single worthy". "Just One Yesterday" somewhat remind me of "Rolling In The Deep", I'm talking about the intro. Foxes assured that Stump had their back when they try to approach a calm yet country-like approach in the chorus. "The Mighty Fall" was a first to feature a guitar riff that somewhat a reminiscent to The Cab's "Animal" intro. On this track, Big Sean either hits or misses as he raps on his part. Overall, the song's a 1up if you tend to go game over after listening to the last five tracks. FOB really hits the bulls-eye on how they let Courtney sang her part on "Rat A Tat". That hint of sexiness is something you can't miss. Lastly, "Save Rock and Roll" finishes the album as an anthem and a reminder on how important to be true to yourself. Together with Elton John, the song finishes the album with heart and emotions.

I believe Save Rock and Roll was meant to be ironic yet true, in the sense that Fall Out Boy meant to make what music they want. They used rock and roll as an influence not a statement that they're bringing back old school rock and roll; an influence of not giving a *** on what people would say as long as they make music true and free from pressure. As I finished listening this album, Fall Out Boy already made a fresh start on what they want as a band: a band who's able to create songs that are true to heart and within themselves.


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  • brandontaylor (2)
    Barely a blip on the rock and roll radar....

    Frasc5 (3)
    An Ambitious album that, despite falling prey to some traps of modern pop music, is noneth...

    fromtheinside (4.5)
    Fall Out Boy shoot for the moon and wind up among... Big Sean, Elton John and... Courtney ...

    Iain Galbraith (3.5)
    It's good to have them back......

  • taxidermist (2)
    It's important to note that on Save Rock and Roll, Fall Out Boy are doing anything but tha...

    Alex Carlson (3.5)
    This isn't a rock album. It's a pop album, and a damn good one at that....


Comments:Add a Comment 
Tempertemperature
April 13th 2013



154 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"as he sang the last part, you know what I mean, his voice is somewhat a burst of angst and dynamic"

This is just what

KjSwantko
April 13th 2013



9261 Comments


Only song I've heard is that Light 'Em Up one and it is an atrocity.

MiniatureHorse
April 13th 2013



908 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Wahh, fob.

ThePac
April 13th 2013



219 Comments


"Death Valley" is a reminiscent to how Pop is handled in the past: it is done like a dance anthem

come on really...what the fuck does this even mean

HolidayKirk
Contributing Reviewer
April 13th 2013



1601 Comments


"Big Sean either hits or misses as he raps on his part." What is the 3rd option? Isnt that true about every song ever!? You're supposed to tell us!!!

HolidayKirk
Contributing Reviewer
April 13th 2013



1601 Comments


" a band who's able to create songs that are true to heart and within themselves."

I'm done.

*Turns off computer*

*Eats a copy of Time Magazine*

pepster50
April 13th 2013



328 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

ahhahaha

NapalmCrusader
April 13th 2013



1737 Comments


This album is atrocius

nononsense
April 14th 2013



3360 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

This review is atrocious.

tmagistrelli
April 16th 2013



714 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

do you kiss your mother with that mouth?

hogan900
Contributing Reviewer
April 17th 2013



1571 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

damn.

aggelosm
April 17th 2013



470 Comments


They call the album 'save rock n roll' ? what an irony..

hogan900
Contributing Reviewer
April 17th 2013



1571 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I don't even know what rock n roll is after this/



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