If you disregard that at some point during their career, Fall Out Boy was labeled as an “emo band,” while you’re listening to their fifth album, Save Rock And Roll, and instead pretend that they are fresh on the pop scene, this album will be stellar. The catchy “Young Volcanoes,” sounds like it was made to be played while you drive with the windows down, and “Death Valley” will likely be in the playlist at every party you attend this summer.
For the die-hard fans that claim indie cred for Take This To Your Grave and feel personally offended when asked if Pete Wentz is the lead singer, disregarding the Fall Out Boy that we all know and love may be painful to do. If this is you, Save Rock And Roll won’t live up to the ridiculously high standards created by Twitter hype and post-hiatus anticipations. The addictive bass lines and fluid melodies that distinguished albums like From Under The Cork Tree and Infinity On High are lost in the unnecessary synth, rap verse, and dubstep.
Personally, I found the album to be quite ironic. I was expecting them to return to their edgy sound from ten years ago, in hopes that it could redefine what rock is considered today. But instead, they featured Courtney Love, Big Sean, and Elton John. Let me tell you, Fall Out Boy – if you want to save such a revolutionary genre, you’re going to have to recruit some better help.
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–review by KATIE SCHULTZ