Save Rock and Roll - Fall Out Boy
User Score
8.1

Universal acclaim- based on 123 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 6 out of 123

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  1. Apr 22, 2013
    4
    I really wanted to like this album as I loved Fall Out Boy's past albums besides Infinity on High which was meh. There are a few problems I have with this record. The first problem I have is the sheer number of musical guests. To name a few Courtney Love, Elton John, and Big Sean. Each of these are on a separate track. With only 11 songs it feels more like a various artists record. Even though it clearly isn't. That's "Save Rock and Roll"s biggest problem: the musical guests often overshadow the performance by the actual band. That is absolutely unforgivable. When I buy a record by a band I expect to hear a lot of that band not Courtney Love saying "It's Courtney, Which, I might add is retarded and makes me hate her that much more. One thing I cannot argue is that this album continues to show bands diversity. There are some large hip-hop influences on this record and it definitely shows. I would like to take a second to recognize that it is possible to make hip-hop sound good, but it doesn't at all this time around. "The Mighty Fall" is a perfect example of this and as a result is one of worst tracks on the album. I admire that they are experimenting and they have come a long way from their pop-punk roots, but experimenting with sound doesn't have to be bad. It just is in this case. The lyrics are another weak point of the album. It feels like they weren't even written by Fall Out Boy. Their lyrics are usually clever and inspired. This isn't true here. Now there a few good songs off of the album, but the singles feel like they don't even belong here. The song "Young Volcanoes" is probably the strongest track and deals with the albums overarching theme:youth or clinging to youth even when barely any of it remains. There are 4 songs that I like. Just 4. Out of 11. The rest feel incredibly weak and I expected more to come from them. Hopefully, there next album will be better. Expand
  2. Apr 25, 2013
    3
    Being a major fan of classic Fall Out Boy, I was excited to hear they were off the hiatus to make more music. I had listened to Evening Out With Your Girlfriend, From Under The Cork Tree, Take This To Your Grave, and Infinity On High religiously during previous years. I was soon disappointed to find that this is not the Fall Out Boy that I grew up with. Most people are going to defend this album by saying it's them growing when, truthfully, it just feels like a Patrick Stump solo project. Most songs have tedious, annoying riffs that are in no way catchy. If you didn't really grow up with Fall Out Boy and tend to like the stylings of bands like fun., you will defend this album until your dying day. If you have experiences of blasting "Carpel Tunnel Of Love" after a break up or watching the "Sugar, We're Going Down" music video premiere on Fuse when it still played punk, take this album with a grain of salt. This isn't a terrible album, it's just not Fall Out Boy. Expand
  3. Jun 13, 2013
    2
    Let me start by saying that I love FOB and I think Patrick Stump has an amazing voice. Unfortunately, this album is abysmal mostly due to the gimmicky inclusion of all of the "guests." The song "Rat a Tat" starts out terribly with the supremely talentless, drug-addled (and now like 60-years-old) Courtney Love trying to sound all gangsta while uttering, "It's Courtney, and only gets worse from there; it's a perfect example of what's wrong with this album. Best to avoid it all together and just listen to any of the old FOB albums. Expand
  4. Jun 21, 2013
    2
    Maybe it's just the fact that the words 'rock and roll' are printed on the cover to this horrendous record but there is something unsatisfactory about the way this album sounds. I was never a fan of Fall Out Boy but I thought they were still decent musicians. That is, until hearing this. Fall Out Boy are famed for their emo-pop/pop-rock sound and image but this album is straight up mediocre chart music. More for fans of whatever's on mainstream radio. Anyone wanting 'rock and roll' should avoid this at all costs. Expand
  5. Apr 17, 2013
    1
    Very poppy, mediocre and really shows no new side of music.
    It's a disappointing return for this group and shows that they are now back only for the money and not for the fans.
    I would call this "We Just Killed Rock N Roll" if they want to call this RocK n Roll.
  6. Nov 3, 2013
    0
    There is no difference between this album and any other mainstream rock album that has been released in the past 5 years. It is typical, uninspired and unoriginal. Have they changed? Yes. Is the change good? By no means. This album is an abysmal attempt music, if you want to listen to Fall Out Boy, stick with the old stuff.
Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18
  1. 30
    I can only assume the title Save Rock and Roll is intentionally ironic on their part because even they should know it's quite a stretch to call this rock and roll.
  2. 70
    Singer Nate Ruess’ sincerity and youth anthems fuel Save Rock And Roll.
  3. May 9, 2013
    50
    Save Rock and Roll pools an assortment of trademark hooks to lure you in, but its commercially formulaic spine will leave you feeling like you should have known better.