In 2009, the members of Fall Out Boy seemed to have a falling out of their own. Putting the band on hiatus, the group took to their own side projects, which didn’t exactly live up to the success of collaborative efforts. After denying rumors of their reunion, the band has released a new single, blindsiding the music industry in the process (seriously, was I the only person who didn’t know about this? Tell me I’m not alone!)
As per usual with this band, the song has a title longer than a Dostoevsky novel. Its enough that the song is already called My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark, but did we really need the added (Light Em Up) tacked on at the end? Now you’re just making it difficult on the radio DJ’s.
However, it may be the title of the upcoming album that I take the most issue with. Save Rock and Roll? Really? That’s the album title for the latest album from Fall Out Boy? You know, the band that made emo annoying, and Hot Topic trendy? The band that practically invented “scene?” Oh Well…maybe this title represents a change in their musical style?
Well, yes and no. The song hence forth referred to as Light Em Up, is definitely darker and heavier than anything the band has released before. However, the song remains firmly rooted in the pop genre. With half sung/half rapped vocals, soaring “WhhoooaaaaAAAOOOO!”s and a thumping RnB beat, this song sounds more like OneRepublic gone metal than the saviors of rock and roll. Especially given the fact that the song is practically devoid of any sort of guitars or actual drumming. You know….typical elements of rock music.
The chorus is surprisingly disappointing as well. You know you have a weakness when the chorus manages to kill all the momentum built by the admittedly intriguing verses. Even with a wailing hair metal-esque “I’m on FI-YAH!” the chorus is just flat out lame.
If the music video is any indicator, Fall Out Boy is clearly trying to evolve their sound in an effort to ditch their whiny, emo past. While this song is much less annoying than their past work, it just….well….I can’t quite put my finger on it. Brittney?