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Fall Out Boy: 'Save Rock and Roll' Review

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04/17/2013 3:14 pm
Fall Out Boy: 'Save Rock and Roll' Review

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Bec Heim
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I have been a fan of Fall Out Boy since I was fourteen years old. I can even pinpoint the first time that I heard a Fall Out Boy song; it was in August of 2005. It was shortly after the one-year anniversary of my Mom’s death. I was in bed listening to the radio. Then I heard it: “A Little Less Sixteen Candles, A Little More “Touch Me”” and it just clicked. Something…something in my brain had woken up. Fall Out Boy was the first band where I felt like I really heard the music for the first time. 

It, like many first bands, became something of a comfort to me. Anytime of high emotion, I would put in my earphones and listen to Fall Out Boy. It acted as a comfort during the dark days. It acted as someone cheering me on during the great ones. Their subsequent albums Infinity On High and Folie a Deux both went onto my iPod and joined the comfort/high that they seemed to create for me during those horrifically awkward high school years.

However, now I am more mature. College and life has seen to that and listening to Save Rock and Roll reflected that. It didn’t transport me back to “Sugar I’m Going Down”. It instead introduced me to a Fall Out Boy that, like its fanbase, has matured and grown. The band separated and had their own failures and hardships in life but came back together a little older, a little wiser and put together something that made them happy. I have nothing but respect to that.

The result of this maturity is a great album full of lusty wails of guitars, fast paced drumbeats and Patrick Stump’s voice sounding less like Elvis Costello and more just Patrick Stump.  Save Rock and Roll only serves to remind me how much I miss guitar heavy music on the radio, everything is so electronic for the most part nowadays. It’s the instrumentation that draws you in and makes you sit there.

The lyrics, after listening to the album several times, are Fall Out Boy but there is a deeper meaning to them. They’re full of conflicting emotions over success and failure, over relationships and isolation, over dreams and reality. The theme of growing up and out of your comfort zone and facing the world for what it really is to you is the focus. The lyrics are about accepting your past and facing your future. It shows a lot more maturity. Fall Out Boy doesn’t want to ‘Save Rock and Roll’, Fall Out Boy wants to remember a time when saving rock and roll was what they wanted to do. It shows a real maturity that the band has developed over time. The hiatus has only really served on making them, and whatever spark they have, just so much stronger for it.

The guest collaborations on the album also deserve a mention. Big Sean on “The Mighty Fall” brings a lot of fun swagger. “Just One Yesterday” where Foxes can be found, has a very bittersweet tone to her (their?) voice(s), which fits the overall message of the song. Courtney Love is just delightfully crazed and chaotic as she rants and rambles on “Rat a Tat”, intercutting with Patrick Stump’s smooth singing voice. “Save Rock and Roll”, the namesake track, has Sir Elton John on it. It’s awesome because of that fact.

Overall, I give this album an A-. It’s an extremely strong album that shows a growth and maturity of Fall Out Boy since we last heard of them. It has great songs and it’s clear that a lot of love went into making the album. However, sometimes it gets a little bit too auto-tuney with Patrick’s voice and his voice should not really be touched with it. Plus some of the wonderful instrumentation is pushed aside with some synth stuff. Still, it’s an extremely strong album and an excellent comeback. The album will not save rock and roll but I don’t think they want to. I think that Fall Out Boy just wanted to save rock and roll for themselves.

As Rolling Stone said in their review, "Does rock’s future depend on this overheated nonsense? Of course not. But life is more fun with Fall Out Boy than without them.”

Song to Listen:  “The Phoenix”, “Miss Missing You”, “Young Volcanoes”, “Save Rock and Roll” and “Alone Together”


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