Fall Out Boy – Save Rock And Roll
After four full-lengths, Save Rock And Roll is an ambitious marker of growth and maturity and the sweet result of spending some time apart.
When Fall Out Boy triumphantly announced that they were returning from the brink of extinction in February, with a new album in tow and a run of shows worldwide, the question on everyone’s lips was: “Will they REALLY save rock and roll?” Well, the question on the lips of those of us still desperately holding onto the tattered remains of our pop-punk riddled youth. Funnily enough, the record itself isn’t trying to save rock and roll. Rather, it’s a testament to the classic tongue-in-cheek nature of the four boys from Chicago who brought us such song titles as “You’re Crashing But You’re No Wave” and “Our Lawyers Made Us Change The Name Of This Song So We Wouldn’t Get Sued”.
First things first, this record has been made by Fall Out Boy and for Fall Out Boy – and a lot has changed in the 10 years since they released Take This To Your Grave. The dramatic and anthemic opener “The Phoenix” sees Fall Out Boy preparing for battle and urging listeners to “put on their war paint” and join them. And if you’re along for the ride, it’s a heck of a listen. The synth pop of “Alone Together” rolls into the utterly infectious “Where Did The Party Go” while rock meets rap on the Big Sean-aided “The Mighty Fall”. Even Courtney Love makes herself known on the in-your-face “Rat A Tat”. The album is overflowing with massive hooks and sing-along choruses, and it’s astounding how layered each and every track sounds. Even the purists out there will be able to plot how the band got to this point sonically.
By the time the title track and album closer rolls around (featuring the inimitable Sir Elton John), the lighters will be in the air and you’ll be cherishing the lines “Oh no, we won’t go/’Cos we don’t know when to quit” and the boys’ matching attitude. Is this a record they could have written four years ago? Hardly. Even the band will tell you that. After four full-lengths, Save Rock And Roll is an ambitious marker of growth and maturity and the sweet result of spending some time apart. They say absence makes the heart grow fonder, and it’s certainly worked in Fall Out Boy’s favour.
The Essential Track: “Death Valley”: The perfect poppy mix of old-meets-new for the more skeptical Fall Out Boy fan among us.