Average User Score: 8.2Apr 28, 2013The album opens with "The Phoenix", which to me, is as "punk rock" a Fall Out Boy song as I've heard. The lyrics from the chorus, "Hey YoungThe album opens with "The Phoenix", which to me, is as "punk rock" a Fall Out Boy song as I've heard. The lyrics from the chorus, "Hey Young Blood/Doesn't it feel/Like our time is running out?" coming from the soulful, yet almost angry sounding, Patrick Stump feels as urgent as they've ever been. It has the angst of "Take This To Your Grave", with furious string arrangements and an almost bouncy chorus.
My Songs.... (Light Em Up) is the first single released when they announced their return. Won't waste time on it since it's been out since February tho. Good song, good single considering the other sounds on the album, and if they had come out with any other (Like "Alone Together), it might have been a bit aggressive and really put off some fans, but "My songs" serves as a good first single and introduction to their "new" sound.
"Alone Together" is a song that didn't make sense to me at first, however, it's home to a few of my favorite moments on the album, "I'm outside the door/Invite me in/So we can go back and play pretend/I'm on deck and I'm up next/Tonight I'm high as a private jet." Lyrics like that, which sound perfect for pop radio, but don't sound cheap and cliche like most pop lyrics, accompanied with the guitar in the background, perfectly complements each other.
"Where Did The Party Go"- Fun, "Top-Dropped" type of song, really bouncy chorus. Although, the part about "Boys smoking menthols/Girls are getting back rubs" might be the weakest lyrics of the record, the music makes you gloss over that and gets you in the dancing mood. Good song, but probably one of my least favorites.
"Just One Yesterday"- Musically, this is my least favorite song on the album, however, the lyrics absolutely make up for this. "I don't have the right name/Or the right looks/But I have twice the heart." If you're a fan of Adele, this song might sound familiar to you, and could be a good song to get you into the album. Plus, the combination of guest artist Foxes & Patrick's vocals is absolutely superb, she really adds another dimension to the song, that otherwise would be lacking.
"The Mighty Fall"- Really cool, classic hip-hop kind of beat and feel. Also, home to one of the few really definitive guitar riffs on the record. The vocals for the chorus absolutely soars and is the high point of the song. Big Sean makes an appearance, and his verse is ok (at best) but doesn't really enhance the song, more or less keeps up with the theme.. Good song, one of my favorites, but not the most memorable on the record.
"Miss Missing You"- The intro reminds me of "(Coffee's For Closers) on "Folie a Deux", otherwise, it's one of the "pop" sounding songs, which a lot of synth, a very electronic song. Once again, the chorus has the most memorable lyrics, "Baby, you were my picket fence/I miss missing you now and then/Chlorine kiss/Summer skin/I miss missing you now and then". The outro, is a very delicate, very personal acoustic end that makes you not want to skip this song just to hear that part.
"Death Valley"- My personal favorite on the album, also seems like where they pulled out all the stops. The opening lyrics are my favorite on the record (also the way Patrick sings them gives me chills), "I wanna see your animal side/Let it all out." The drumming is very CFC's-ish, straightforward drumline beat. Chorus is pure falsetto from Patrick, it just asks to be danced to. There's a nice acoustic part, right before some very surprising 15 seconds of dubstep. Had no idea I'd hear dubstep in an FOB song, but it doesn't out of place, I actually thought it was kind of cool.
"Young Volcanoes"- Very almost a Train or Fun like song. Really fun to sing along to, a song that even your mom would like. And, hearing Patrick sing "We will teach you how to boys next door out of is worth hearing alone. Also, Hurley's drums really beat it up on this song.
"Rat-A-Tat"- Courtney Love, it's all I really need to say when you hear her into, it's very a-typical her. Aside from The Phoenix, the most aggressive, frenetic song, with a chilled out chorus, "We're all fighting growing old/In the hopes/Of a few minutes more/To get on St. Peter's list/But you need to lower your standards/Cause it's never getting any better than this. Cool song, but one of the weakest.
"Save Rock and Roll"- An Epic end to the album, the combo of Elton John & Patrick, combined with some really personal lyrics, this song sounds like an ode to the fans who've been there from the very start. Think, "What a Catch, Donnie" sound without all the unnecessary cameos. "You are what you love/Not who loves you/" This song, could make or break the album for you, but is the logical end to a very diverse album.
Overall, as a person who has been a fan for many years, I was very pleased with the album. In the end, change is inevitable, however, change can be a good thing, in this case, I'd say it was.
Favorites: The Phoenix, Alone Together, Death Valley, The Mighty Fall… Expand