My expectations for Fall Out Boy’s comeback album Save Rock and Roll were very low. It has been a few years since we’ve heard anything new from Fall Out Boy, and even the last stuff we heard wasn’t the greatest. With the release of their first single ‘My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark’, my thoughts were only backed up. It seemed as though Fall Out Boy was completely giving up on trying to stick to their old sound and drastically change up their style.
Reading over the tracklist, I know I wasn’t the only one who was skeptical and worried. A song with Courtney Love? What the hell. And even more concerning was the fact that Fall Out Boy had a song with Big Sean (yes, the rapper). It was almost like they had completely forgotten what happened on their last album when they featured Lil Wayne on a track (in case you missed it, it sucked).
The name of the album Save Rock and Roll didn’t seem very fitting at all, especially after the release of their second single ‘The Phoenix’, which was another pop-y track. Of course, Fall Out Boy, being big fans of irony and tricks, probably gave the album this name because of that, but it’s still a little disappointing.
Another disappointing aspect of the album is that it seems as though the days of the weird, unnecessarily long song titles are long over. Although silly, that was always one of the best parts of Fall Out Boy’s albums, and now they’re gone. However, at least their music videos are still pretty cool.
After listening to the album and finally understanding what the band was doing, the music video for ‘My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark’ makes sense. The video features rapper 2 Chainz burning all of Fall Out Boy’s old records. This is obviously a giant metaphor with Fall Out Boy basically saying, “All of our old stuff is now done and we’re never going back to that stuff (even though everyone loved it).” A little upsetting, but it is cool that they don’t really care what people think and just made an album regardless of trying to please people. It’s very clear they were just experimenting with new sounds, having fun, and doing what they love.
A lot of the songs on the album are very catchy. I found myself singing along to most of the songs after only a couple of listens. Now this isn’t to say that just because they’re catchy, they’re good. . . ‘Photograph’ and ‘Rockstar’ (by Nickelback) are also catchy. However, these songs are a lot better than expected. Even the song featuring Big Sean, ‘The Mighty Fall’ isn’t as bad as ‘Tiffany Blews’, the song featuring Lil Wayne.
The worse song of the album, by far, is ‘Where Did the Party Go?’. It’s almost as if, in the studio, one of them pitched the idea of making a song that could be played in dance clubs and, for some reason, the rest of the band agreed. The song is an example of the bad kind of catchy that appears on the album.
As mentioned, I was expecting a lot worse of an album. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it (not that I loved it) and I listen to a couple of the songs daily. There is a surprisingly cool song with Elton John, the title track (‘Save Rock and Roll’), which is a nice addition. It’s definitely not an album that I would listen to start to finish, over and over, but it’s still enjoyable for the most part. And, although I have said a lot more negative than positive things about the album, it’s still better than not having any Fall Out Boy.
The entire album is on the band’s YouTube channel if you want to check it out yourself.