Fall Out Boy
Save Rock and Roll


2.0
poor

Review

by brandontaylor USER (14 Reviews)
July 19th, 2013 | 17 replies


Release Date: 04/16/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Barely a blip on the rock and roll radar.

I breathed a sigh of relief when I found out that this album was named with tongue firmly in cheek. I’m happy that Fall Out Boy have managed to come out of their hiatus fully energized and not taking themselves too seriously. I’m also glad that their sound has modernized. The emo wave of 2007 is over and as much as I loved Infinity On High, it wouldn’t be right to recreate it 6 years later. It’s just a shame that despite the band evolving and having fun again, the immediate result was an album as below-average as Save Rock And Roll.

Disappointing isn’t a word I’m going to use here. My expectations weren’t exactly high for this record and they were lowered upon hearing first single “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark”, which I initially thought was a just-okay Adam Lambert song. I was just happy to have a band that I liked release a new album. That was it. I wasn’t expecting rock and roll to be saved, and that’s a good thing, because this album is barely a blip on the rock and roll radar.

Starting with a positive, “The Phoenix” is an excellent opener; it’s what I wanted and expected Fall Out Boy to sound like in 2013. Its fervent strings and impassioned vocal performance by Patrick Stump set the scene for an album never void of energy, but one sadly void of quality. “Alone Together”, “Miss Missing You” and “Young Volcanoes” are all examples of songs with big hooks and little else; there’s nothing here lyrically or melodically that sticks. Of the four collaborations on SRAR, Foxes’ contribution on the triumphant “Just One Yesterday” is the only success, while Big Sean manages to spoil an otherwise solid song in “The Mighty Fall”.

The record avoids being horrible or unlistenable until the last two tracks, but there’s also nothing after track 1 that warrants any prolonged interest. Hints of brilliance – the funky pre-chorus of “Where Did The Party Go” and hip-hop influenced intro to “The Mighty Fall” – are overshadowed by overall ideas that feel rushed and not entirely fleshed out. The bad news for Fall Out Boy is that Save Rock And Roll is the least impressive album of their last four. The good news for the band (and their fans) is that rock and roll is still out there to save.



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    Iain Galbraith (3.5)
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    mpmontes17 (3)
    I believe Save Rock and Roll was meant to be ironic yet true, in the sense that Fall Out B...

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

    Alex Carlson (3.5)
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Comments:Add a Comment 
Cygnatti
July 19th 2013


21353 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

lolololol fall out boy being emo is a joke. wow people are still on that?

brandontaylor
July 19th 2013


81 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

regardless of whether they were emo or not, they were still a part of the surge of bands like Paramore and P!ATD at that time that were all labeled emo by the media and a lot of listeners. it was more of a fueled by ramen bands wave, but a lot of people will still remember it as emo i guess.

joshieboy12345
July 19th 2013


5371 Comments


Those times when if you wore one bit of black clothing you were an emo.

dimsim3478
July 19th 2013


5182 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

I'm dead sick of people relating this album to "rock and roll" for any reason or making some witty but fucking obvious remark (Xeno) just because the words are in the title. If you're dumb enough to think that this album has anything to do with rock and roll...come on, you're not that dumb: as bad as this album is, I don't think FOB are that dumb either.

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Cygnatti
July 19th 2013


21353 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Are you kidding? They knew what they were doing and they had it coming the entire time. Joke or not, that title is completely pretentious and self-important.

So sick of it, huh? Well it wouldn't be happening if they never titled it that, problem solved. They deserve all the shit they get/got.

dimsim3478
July 19th 2013


5182 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

Regardless, this album has nothing to do with rock and roll. Like, nothing.

And how is it pretentious if it's clearly a joke? I missed something there... (they explained why they called it that, by the way)

Cygnatti
July 19th 2013


21353 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I honestly don't care how they explained it, they're clearly using it for shock value and/or to make them seem bigger or better than they really even if it's a joke. it'd be a more acceptable maneuver the album itself was a joke album, but that's clearly not the case.

and it does have something to with rock and roll - elton john and courtney love being here, at the very least.

fromtheinside
July 19th 2013


18717 Comments


This review is wrong

Digging: Devin Townsend Project - Z2

Ire
July 19th 2013


41799 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

sucks hard

IbenizGEO1
July 19th 2013


2258 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

"lolololol fall out boy being emo is a joke. wow people are still on that?"

Cyg 95% of people don't know what emo is. Also this sucks and isn't going to save shit. If this is how to save rock and roll
i say let it die and fucking burn.

Thecandyman
July 20th 2013


33 Comments


I thought the lead single sounded allot like bon jovi. Which is horrifying, i mean these guys are emo, right?

IbenizGEO1
July 20th 2013


2258 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Dude what does that even mean?

fromtheinside
July 20th 2013


18717 Comments


wait. FOB ISN'T EMO!? but
but
Hawthorne Heights? i thought...

fromtheinside
July 20th 2013


18717 Comments


you guys i thought music was SUBJECTIVE? if some people get emotional to it, then damn, wow, just let it be

fromtheinside
July 20th 2013


18717 Comments


andcas, give me some fucking credit some FUCKING TIME dude

tmagistrelli
July 30th 2013


734 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

This is the first album I've ever witnessed that my opinion changes after I read a review. Cuz you have excellent points.

joshieboy12345
July 30th 2013


5371 Comments


A shortish review with pretty spot on points.



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