Fall Out Boy - Save Rock And Roll
It’s a pretty confident, if not cocky, statement isn’t it? You go on a ‘hiatus’, make some solo albums that do very little, then four years later come back with an album called Save Rock And Roll. According to the band it’s an album made just for them, not the fans, the band themselves. You’d expect no less from pop-punk urchins Fall Out Boy. Luckily their brand of emo-friendly, Green Day-lite rock hasn’t been doing too well in their absence, which bodes well for a return. They left a gap and it hasn't been filled. To celebrate, they’ve got a liberal sprinkling of musical friends to help out: Foxes, Big Sean, Courtney Love and, bumping up the star wattage considerably, Sir Elton John. Keeping with the grandiose album title, ‘The Phoenix’ opens with pretensions of a Hollywood blockbuster, all dramatic string section and swell of drums, and turns into one of the best tracks on the album. ‘Alone Together’ and its catchy hook are surely just waiting for the call from Rihanna’s lawyers. Big Sean brings an urban edge to the rock of ‘The Mighty Fall’ but Patrick Stump’s distinct vocals front the tried and trusted Fall Out Boy sound throughout. Some tracks, like ‘Where Did The Party Go’, ‘Just One Yesterday’ and ‘Death Valley’ are pretty generic fare, but the quality is raised by tunes like lead single ‘My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up)’, ‘Rat A Tat’, and the Sir Elton starring title track. If you’re ambivalent about Fall Out Boy there’s actually plenty to admire here; and if you’re a fan then you can get excited, this is an excellent return.