Save Rock N’ Roll – Fall Out Boy
‘Save Rock n Roll’ was basically FOB’s triumphant return to music after a four-year hiatus. In spite of the genre in its title, the album is more of pop-punk. The band desired to reinvent their sound into a more modern form and they enlisted producer Butch Walker for a fresh approach. Each member of the quartet was involved in crafting the composition of the album. The band filmed music videos for every song on the LP which were compiled and released as The Young Blood Chronicles in 2014.
The album’s beginning is grand “the Phoenix” shoves listeners to the grounds and relays the message that FOB is back: “So we can take the world back from the heart-attacked/ One maniac at a time we will take it back/ You know time crawls on when you’re waiting for the song to start/ So dance along to the beat of your heart.” According to the members of the band, the lead single “my songs know what you did in the dark (light ‘em up)” best represented the album to the core. It proved to be a commercial success and was certified 3x platinum by the end of the year.
“Alone Together” the album’s third overall single and the second commercial single is all about simple pleasures: “Let’s be alone together/ We could stay young forever/ Scream it from the top of your lungs/ Say, yeah…” “Young Volcanoes” is a stunning rock anthem and the Frankenstein high point of the album: “When Rome’s in ruin/ We are the lions free of the Colosseums/ In poison places, we are anti-venom/ We’re the beginning of the end.” “We are wild/ We are like young volcanoes/ We are wild/Americana, exotica/ Do you wanna feel a little beautiful, baby?”
The last track of the album “Save Rock n Roll” featuring Elton John, actually attempts to save rock n roll: I need more dreams/ And less life/ And I need that dark/ In a little more light/ I cried tears you’ll never see/ So fuck you, you can go cry me an ocean/ And leave me be.” “You are what you love/ Not who loves you/ In a world full of the word yes/ I’m here to scream.” “No, No/ Wherever I go, go/ Trouble seems to follow/ I only plugged in to save rock and roll, rock and
The album debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200. It received favorable reviews from music writers with Metacritic giving it a Metascore of 75/100.