Fall Out Boy
Save Rock and Roll


4.5
superb

Review

by fromtheinside USER (127 Reviews)
May 1st, 2013 | 80 replies | 3,216 views


Release Date: 04/16/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Fall Out Boy shoot for the moon and wind up among... Big Sean, Elton John and... Courtney Love?

9 of 11 thought this review was well written

I think if there's one band situated largely beneath the spotlight that understands its audience more than any other, it's no stretch of the mind to recognize it'd be Fall Out Boy. I mean, and just cutting to the chase here, this is not your middle school FOB sitting comfortably, mind you, in the big 2K13, and considering their extreme shift in sound heard now as compared to 2005, remember that year? Syria left Lebanon that year, big stuff, anyway, this band had the guts to trust their fans would accept what they had to sing about under cork trees, arguably 'thee' noted shift that's led to this gorgeous evolution of one of pop's classiest groups; with all that being said, this is the most necessary step for a group of this caliber to take as they bravely push boundaries again.

Now, the pieces are certainly available here to admit this release as a complete failure. Yes, we could start with its lofty name Save Rock and Roll and obvious irony that nearly hurts; kind of the same way Congress recently ruined the US sequestering things, and then ironically ruining Congress's highly valued spring break in turn really ruining the US, that kind of hilarious irony. (Side note: it hurts). Then there's that album cover that scarily compliments the pain so well. This fast and loose formula brewed bewilderment early on, but there are few in this world, at least, dear God I hope so, that look to Fall Out Boy for substance. Simply because the only substance you're getting from an album titled Save Rock and Roll delivered by a (once respected) pop/punk band with a song called "I'm Like A Lawyer With the Way I'm Always Trying To Get You Off" in their discography is usually only wit baked in cocaine cupcakes sitting nonchalantly next to a phone engaged in a sexting convo. And if that's your thing, like it is mine, then boys and girls ready yourselves because FOB deliver the goods in a big way. (Some subtext there, maybe.)

This albums entire creation, including the hiatus that pre-engaged this emergence of a new branded Fall Out Boy is something of a minimal wonder. So it's no shock the confusion that's stemmed from fans and critics alike. However, this dissension has grown from a refusal to acknowledge this album as the natural step in these guys' careers. But there's a reason I said this was a necessary move initially and not natural. Let me be absolutely clear: this is the same band whose soul dwells in the arena of huge hooks that are so sharp in tongue MTV has Teen Mom producers posted outside each of their concerts. Today's Fall Out Boy are so comfortable with music trends, evidenced by the insatiable one-two punch opener, "The Phoenix" –strings, synth and all, and "My Songs Know What You Did In the Dark" -Prince passion, passion pits and all, each blowing this house of an album down immediately out the gates. In short, it's a blessing to have this group making music again.

There is a level of maturity present here that only a band given a chance to smell the coffee could display. I'm not speaking with transparent ageism ideals in mind regarding this maturation. I'm talking about eleven goddamn dance anthems that are pure fiiiiiiyah. Save Rock and Roll is "Thnks Fr Th Mmrs" turned past ten with the knob ripped clean off. The jive ballad of "Just One Yesterday" bears witness to the intelligent design of this bands adaptability, spouting more soul than a fun. bar brawl, this song serves as the centerpiece for the album because it holds all of its strongest traits. From its sly electronic incorporation to a sexy duet with Foxes amplifying their majestic prowess before exploding into one of the finest choruses given this year. A stunning example of how Fall Out Boy blend their penchant for anthems against a startling new vulnerability, which most of Save... resembles - just listen to that outro.

Coincidentally that vulnerability is strained, effectively I might add, between the discs two, strange, foreign contributors. Big Sean tries his damnedest to not sound like a last minute Kanye West replacement shooting senseless rhymes filled to the brim with innuendo which ultimately snubs the basstastic "Mighty Fall"; and Courtney Love is on a song called "Rat-A-Tat" so take that as you would before I wrote this sentence, no matter how groovy the chorus kicks nothing can save this mess of a song. I could sit here for a few minutes suggesting both songs removal, but damn, it actually bolsters Fall Out Boys knack for making the catchiest shit around. On the same plane is "Alone Together”, but these “bad” songs in scope are anything but forgettable. Keep that in mind. Speaking of unforgettable…

Elton John graces his presence on the effort to save rock and roll. This is the biggest testament for this albums existence, as well as its validity. Despite the big time hooks, and I’m saying – “Where Did the Party Go? Is huge, but beyond that superficial quality sits this icon helping sing the most ridiculous sentiment to be uttered by a pop band, of this magnitude, this decade. It’s arguably the only daring song on an album that has brostep serving as Courtney Love’s backdrop. There’s that surprising “Fuck you!” Patrick Stump convincingly addresses, but it’s all in the direction the title track takes after that moment. Boisterous harmonization, chants of “…we don’t know when to quit, oh no”, humorously coming in long after the song’s potentially acceptable limit and the outrageousness of it all sort of solidifies the message in the very, very end. You have to think, isn’t this the same band that demanded we dance, dance? The same one that blasted infamy's greatness over fame? Maybe it’s because Fall Out Boy are doing Fall Out Boy better in 2013 than 2005, when rock mattered a little more and pop was lead by Kelly Clarkson. Shift the spectrum and you’ll see that this isn’t an attempt to revitalize anything, just a ceremony for rocks near forgotten luster.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
fromtheinside
April 30th 2013



16377 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

in defense of the genre

Digging: Bast - Spectres

FiveLeavesLeft
Staff Reviewer
April 30th 2013



7838 Comments


> In disposition of the band

breakingthefragile
April 30th 2013



2935 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I actually like this a lot.

FiveLeavesLeft
Staff Reviewer
April 30th 2013



7838 Comments


Good review, btw

fromtheinside
April 30th 2013



16377 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i'm sorry i don't see how this is anything less than a 3.3.

sputnik has always failed massively with fob though so i get it

theacademy
April 30th 2013



27670 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

sup fti

fromtheinside
April 30th 2013



16377 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

my nigga

good to see some quality ear users up in herre

theacademy
April 30th 2013



27670 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

cheaaaaaaaaaaa

nakedmolerat
April 30th 2013



20 Comments


exceptional review.

i get the feeling everytime i listen to this that the concept of rock and roll that FOB was going for isnt so much the genre itself per se, but the boldness and energy that it stood for.

i thought this was a good album that i just wish another band couldve made, but this just made me realise it could be an FOB classic as well

FiveLeavesLeft
Staff Reviewer
April 30th 2013



7838 Comments


^ I like your username

toxin.
April 30th 2013



11805 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

awesome review fti, you make me want to give this a shot until i remember how much i detest the lead single

bloc
May 1st 2013



34491 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

Oh man

Digging: He Is Legend - I Am Hollywood

fromtheinside
May 1st 2013



16377 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks toxin but don't be ridiculous. Give this a shot. I was skeptical because of the Phoenix too, but it's actually pretty damn good

TooLateToGoBack
May 1st 2013



1673 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I actually liked the Phoenix in comparison to the rest of the album :/

PunchforPunch
May 1st 2013



5289 Comments


ONE NIGHT AND ONE MORE TIME

Digging: Vril - Torus

theacademy
May 1st 2013



27670 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

phoenix is awful

fromtheinside
May 1st 2013



16377 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

It jams hard and loud I disagree.

toxin.
May 1st 2013



11805 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

it was this abomination though:
"My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)"
that i hated, not phoenix (whatever that is)

toxin.
May 1st 2013



11805 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

sorry i guess that wasn't the lead single?

SonofSnow
May 1st 2013



647 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

My Songs was the lead single, easily the worst song on the album in my opinion.



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