After what seemed to be an endless hiatus, Fall Out Boy has released their return to the spotlight, ‘Save Rock and Roll’.
This album and reunion of the band came as a bit of a surprise to fans a few months ago when they posted a not only a statement of their come back, but also a new song. It was only a matter of minutes till fans crawled out of hiding to embrace their long forgotten “emo” loves.
The band gave fans a taste of their fifth album on their website a week before it was set to release. And I have to say it was definitely worth the wait.
‘The Phoenix’ is goose bump worthy with Patrick Stump’s bone chilling vocals. You can expect this to be the bands battle cry for a while. It has a quick tempo and an almost angry feel to it. It’s nice to hear that the band is back and they have something to say.
This album has many surprising guest such as 2Chainz, Foxes, Big Sean, Courtney Love, and most all-shocking Elton John. Pick your jaw up off of the floor you haven’t heard the song yet. The song that Elton John is featured on it ‘Save Rock and Roll’ the last track off the album. It is a ballad that defends that the band is back for the long haul and not just to make a quick buck off of their pervious fame. Stump and John’s voices compliment each other so perfectly that this is a match only possible in music heaven.
‘The Mighty Fall’ and ‘Young Volcanoes’ are at the very top the “must-listen-to” list. ‘The Mighty Fall’ starts off like it belongs on the latest rap track, but cuts in with true FOB style of clean guitar riffs. ‘Young Volcanoes’ is fun and full of the most extreme wit. ‘We will teach you/ How to make/ Boys next door/ Out of assholes.’
‘Rat A Tat’, the song that features Courtney Love, ‘ My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark’, and ‘Death Valley’ are a few noteworthy tracks. My only complaint is that the album is too short. I want more than the 11 tracks. But I guess I will just have to wait till the b-sides and demos come out halfway through their lengthy tour.
This is a wonderful record with plenty of charisma and electrifying sound that raises the band back like a phoenix rising from the ashes. You can also catch the band on tour this summer, and again in the fall.