January 18, Save Rock and Roll by Fall Out Boy
Genre: Alternative rock
Total Number of Tracks: 11
Songs you might know:
– “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)”
– “The Phoenix”
– “Alone Together”
My prior relationship with this album: I freaking LOVE Save Rock And Roll quite unapologetically. Because I had essentially skipped over Folie á Deux I had not really heard the more experimental side of Fall Out Boy prior to this album. This was the first album that showed me Fall Out Boy could be more than an angsty pop punk band. I also find that it evolved much the same way my own tastes did at around the same time. Right as I was becoming more appreciative of pop, R&B, hip hop, and the magic that can happen when those genres are allowed to co-mingle, this album gave me those influences as well as the angsty pop punk vibes I know and love.
My impressions with it this time around: This is the first post-hiatus FOB album, released five years after Folie á Deux and that fact manifests in the album’s sound. This is the first instance where there’s a rather dramatic jump from the prior album. While pretty much anyone who likes one of the first four albums will probably like all of them, it’s hard to make the same promise about Save Rock And Roll.
While there’s certainly some of the pre-hiatus Fall Out Boy sound with songs like “Miss Missing You,” “Death Valley,” and “Rat A Tat” there’s also an incredibly diverse mix of other influences. Just look at the artists they’ve collaborated with: Big Sean, Foxes, Courtney Love, and Elton John are each featured on different tracks.
Who would enjoy it? This is a great one for fans of rock music who aren’t in an exclusive relationship with rock music. Unlike pre-hiatus FOB, you do need a somewhat more diverse range of music tastes to appreciate this one, but if you do this is right up your alley.
* This post is part of a theme week, where I listened to all seven Fall Out Boy studio albums in one week. Check out my other reviews here: