Save Rock and Roll (some irony implied)

Posted: July 29, 2013 in Op-ed, Reviews, Uncategorized
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Having been a huge music fan ever since I developed the ability to truly appreciate music, I love all music. There is no such thing as a guilty pleasure band in my mind. There is good music and there is bad music, simple as that. I don’t turn off my mind to any artist or genre.

That being said, Fall Out Boy first popped up on my radar in 2005. Like many others, “Sugar, We’re Going Down” was my first exposure to the band. It was a huge hit for them and was the song that gave them nationwide mainstream success. It was an undeniably catchy, poppy, punky song with great lyrics and it was just damn good. The band followed with a series of equally catchy, if not slightly more varied, pop rock songs that continued to gain them fans left and right for the next few years. After a long hiatus the band regrouped and decided to start completely from scratch when writing and recording their new album…

The almost ironically titled Save Rock And Roll starts the the scorching pop rocker “The Phoenix”, a slightly excessive glam rock meets electro pop track that sets up the vibe for pretty much the whole album. The album also contains the insanely catchy hit single, “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light ’em Up)”. This track wears the glam rock influence on its sleeve with glam styled guitars squeals and high pitched vocal breaks.

The album also boasts some highly contrasting guest spots. “The Mighty Fall” features a great verse from otherwise mediocre rapper Big Sean. Indie-punk styled track “Rat A Tat” features a guest spot from former grunge queen Courtney Love and is shockingly good. The highlight of the album though is the title track. A pop rock ballad with a great hip hop beat, “Save Rock And Roll” boasts a guest spot from always superb pop legend Sir Elton John. A great track with fantastic lyrics, the song is absolutely everything you would want an Elton guest spot to be. It’s beautiful, meaningful, and heartfelt with a great piano riff from the man himself.

Thunderous hip hop-esque beats and squealing guitars mix with synthesizers and the occasional piano driven pop rock sounds to create a truly unique vibe.This album is a far cry from F.O.B.’s previous output, it is a Phoenix like rise from the ashes of pop punk and emo. If you appreciate really good music and great pop music in both the classic and modern sense then you’re in for a treat. This one is definitely worth your time and money. 5/5

-Heath

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