Fall Out Boy's Reunion Brings Back Bad Memories
  • MONDAY, FEBRUARY 04, 2013

  • Posted by: Dorit Finkel

We honestly can't believe Fall Out Boy is calling their new album Save Rock and Roll. "The future of Fall Out Boy begins today," said the band in an unironic statement. This is a joke, right? The new single, "My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light 'Em Up)" (still with the long song titles?) sounds like Maroon 5 got in a car accident with glam metal, and not in a good way. While I like the way Patrick Stump sings "fi-yahh!" with all the grandiosity of Axl Rose, and I'll admit it's fun and catchy, it would be ridiculous to take it seriously. The title of the song attributes some kind of sentient power to their very music - annoyingly, they reference their own songwriting in almost every hit - but the song itself doesn't sound new and goes nowhere after the first chorus. What rock and roll is this bringing back? Sure, it's a bit more punk rock than "Sugar We're Going Down," but that's not exactly a major accomplishment.

Fall Out Boy is "reuniting" (does four years even count as a hiatus?) in honor of the 10th anniversary of their 2003 debut Take This To Your Grave, which really takes us back down memory lane. Unfortunately, it takes us back to an era that hammered the nail in the coffin of pop punk: Yellowcard was on the radio and Green Day had just moved on to rock opera, and we've been stuck with Panic! At The Disco ever since. I don't know; the FOB fans seem ecstatic, so, you know, congratulations.

Fall Out Boy - "My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up)"

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