Now this is a comeback.
Everyone else, take note. There’s no better way to describe this comeback and Save Rock and Roll than with “perfect.” All in one day, Fall Out Boy announced their return, gave us the first taste of the album with “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light ‘Em Up)”, announced special shows in their hometown of Chicago, New York and LA that all sold out immediately, and announced an album release date that they even pushed up a month.
There’s no waiting with this return. Just months later, we have an incredible anthem album, a sold out club tour and an upcoming arena tour in September. The hiatus is over in a big way. In addition to “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark,” the band shared two other songs early, then just posted the whole album on SoundCloud a week before the release date. I don’t think they could handle the wait to share these songs, and rightfully so.
Fall Out Boy has solidified their comeback into the scene (and beyond, I’m sure) with Save Rock and Roll. This is the perfect album Fall Out Boy could have made right now. It’s exactly what they needed to do and they have succeeded in making a fantastic album that is sure to be one of the best of the year. They didn’t just remake an album. They’ve evolved and grown and mastered their new sound. The biggest growth? Patrick’s vocals sound better than ever.
As far as the songs go, they’re crisp and polished - it’s worth noting that Butch Walker produced the album and it sounds fantastic. Vocals, lyrics, guitar, bass, drums - it’s all put together and sounds great.
"The Phoenix" is a huge song that I can’t wait to hear live. It perfectly encapsulates the spirit of the album. “Put on your war paint” is like a reminder of how empowering music can be. “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark” is yet another huge song. These two are the types of songs where you can just feel the energy flowing from them. They open the album in a big way and get you pumped and excited for the songs to come.
I absolutely love the guest vocals on “Just One Yesterday” by Louisa Allen, who is also known as Foxes. Her parts fit in perfectly and I love her voice. The next track has the most unnecessary guest vocals on the album - I love “The Mighty Fall,” but Big Sean’s verse in between Patrick’s singing doesn’t seem to fit in.
Even the infamous Courtney Love makes an appearance on a song called “Rat A Tat.” The song starts with a spoken verse from Courtney, then we hear from Patrick, then another spoken verse from Courtney. I wasn’t expecting to like this, but I love the “Rat a tat” chants and Courtney’s verses mixed in with them.
“Death Valley” and “Young Volcanoes” are both super catchy songs that’ll get stuck in your head and that you’ll be humming hours after you’ve stopped listening. Save Rock and Roll closes out with the title track - another huge song that features Elton John. ELTON JOHN. That’s just impressive in itself, and it’s a great closer, and it’s surely one of the best songs Fall Out Boy will ever release.
It’s one of those albums that you’ll be playing all summer long. Save Rock and Roll succeeds in every way imaginable. Fall Out Boy Might Not have saved rock and roll, but they’ve surely given music new life with this spectacular album.