Fall Out Boy’s fifth studio album is oddly titled ‘Save Rock & Roll’. The album marks the band’s return to music after a few years in hiatus, and is a complete departure from the sound that Fall Out Boy established in their early career. It’s disappointing in a way, not because Fall Out Boy have changed their sound, but rather that they’ve changed it to the exact same monotonous sound that is so overdone these days. It’s a shame, and in some ways, completely bizarre, as it doesn’t sound like rock music in the slightest. The result of this makes me question the integrity of Fall Out Boy’s reunion, and whether or not this isn’t just an attempt to make money, rather than produce some good music for long-awaiting fans.
The first impressions of the album are generally poor in my opinion. The album diverts from the original Fall Out Boy sound in favor for a more generic sound, containing elements of synthpop, electronica and to a certain extent, even some dubstep elements. It’s disappointing, as these tend to be the sound that make up a lot of generic and boring music, and it seems that Fall Out Boy as gone for this sound on their new album, rather than a more mature version of their old sound. It’s a shame, as it makes me feel that perhaps Fall Out Boy are simply looking for a bit of easy money. There just doesn’t seem to be any creativity in the music, which just comes across as weak and uninteresting.
There’s too many problems with ‘Save Rock & Roll’ for it to be a good album. It is just indulgent of all the styles that do not equate to what is rock music, and therefore makes the album just seem tacky and ridiculous. I don’t understand whether or not Fall Out Boy are trying to be ironic with the album’s title, or whether they are oblivious to the genre which their album actually covers. Either way, it really let’s down the bands integrity, as the expectations that the albums’ title gives off are completely let down in the songs on the album. Regardless of the album title though, the actual music on the album itself is just completely disappointing. Vocals seem as strong as ever, but poor instrumentals give the album a generally disappointing tone. I respect bands who attempt to try new things in their careers, but when bands just divulge in the generic sound that makes up a lot of music these days, then it is just extremely disappointing.
Overall, ‘Save Rock & Roll’ is an incredibly disappointing album. There’s clearly elements on the album that will easily be enjoyed by some people, but for me it is just lazy songwriting that is nothing new at all. I figured that when Fall Out Boy announced their reunion and impending new album, that perhaps they’d opt to broaden their own sound and elaborate on it, and show perhaps a more mature side of the band which would appeal to its old fans. Instead, they seem to have all the immaturity of their old selves, now combined with an incredibly generic sound that really lets the band’s integrity down. In the end, ‘Save Rock & Roll’ will do absolutely nothing to save the genre, and instead will perhaps just embarrass it.
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