Fall Out Boy’s “Save Rock and Roll”: The Ultimate Track-By-Track Review!

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Posted on 04/17/2013 at 4:48 PM

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Fall Out Boy‘s first album since 2008, Save Rock And Roll, is grand and sweeping, with the widescreen ambition of an action flick—or perhaps a movie musical about the perils of love, lust, notoreity, and getting older. Popdust took a very close listen so we could break it down for you track by track. (Meanwhile, read this if you’re wondering whether rock’s ready to be saved.)

“The Phoenix”
Save Rock And Roll doesn’t begin so much as it announces itself, a flurry of strings setting the stage for frontman Patrick Stump to growl, “Put on your war paint!” “The Phoenix” serves as an overture of sorts for the album, whooshing through ferocious verses and a tender pre-chorus on which Stump lets loose his croon before arriving at its hip-shaking chorus. Its sturm und drang doesn’t let up until the end, setting the stage for a maxed-out album.

Popdust Says: 4/5

“My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light ‘Em Up)
Fall Out Boy signaled their return with this anxious rocker, where a chorus of onlookers whoa-ohs and claps their way through a rousing hook while Joe Trohman’s ringing guitar and Stump’s vocal get in the ring. The frenetic, claustrophobic atmosphere and military-school count-off before the bridge bring to mind Folie A Deux lead single “I Don’t Care,” although that song’s precision is swapped in for a beat that actually swaggers.

Popdust Says: 4/5

“Alone Together”
One of the album’s sweetest offerings sonically thanks to its puppy-love chorus, “Alone Together” glides along, although it’s not completely hearts-and-flowers. The chorus’s idea of love transforming someone into a Dorian Gray type is nothing new, but it’s balanced by battle-scarred verses that include lines like “This is the road to ruin/ And we’re starting at the end.” (It’s probably worth noting here that lyricist Pete Wentz is 33—not AARP age, but almost out of the young-adult demo.) Stump declares “Lets be alone together!” and a chorus of “hey”s meets up with him, as if the inevitable response were “yes, let’s.”

Popdust Says: 4.5/5

“Where Did the Party Go”
Fusing a snaky disco-punk bassline with lyrics that lament the inevitable passing of time (“My old aches become new again/ my old friends become exes again”), this “na na na”-filled track rides a vibe that recalls Stump’s stellar 2011 unrequited-love diatribe “Everybody Wants Somebody” into the night. But not too late into the night, mind you.

Popdust Says: 4/5

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