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Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Fall Out Boy

Fall Out Boy 
 Amazon politely reacquainting itself with the scene after five years off, then Save Rock and Roll opener “The Phoenix” proves the Chicago boys are absolutely on fiiyahh. 
A swell of symphonic strings opens the track cinematically before a gritty-voiced Patrick Stump belts the album’s first battle cry. Over theatrical synthesizers and Andy Hurley’s thumping drums, Stump’s voice bleeds over with urgency and pent-up aggression. The stout guitar riffs that bolster much of Fall Out Boy’s discography get swapped out for danceable synthesizers, and it works. This is how Fall Out Boy should sound in 2013.
Understated bridge aside, “The Phoenix” is all about being an anthem, and what an anthem it is. When Stump launches into his desperate cry of, “Hey, young blood, doesn’t it feel like our time is running out?” just try not to shout along. Sure, the slant rhyme of “remix” and “phoenix” feels kind of silly, but lyrical eye-rollers are nothing new for Fall Out Boy fans. Stump’s sly falsetto lingers on the word phoenix, a metaphor that suits the band after “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark” and its “light ‘em up” refrain.

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