Say what you want about Fall Out Boy (and why wouldn’t you?), but at least they used to rock a little bit. Their new song “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)” from their new album Save Rock and Roll (due out April 15th) is a great indication that Fall Out Boy will NOT actually be saving rock and roll. And I don’t think rock and roll wants or needs them to, anyhow.
The song is more hip-hop than rock and roll, more dance-floor than hard-rock stage. It’s what you expect to hear from a band following trends rather than trying to set them, from a band trying to sell records rather than caring about their art.
And I realize referring to Fall Out Boy as a group composed of “artists” is a stretch. They’re together to sell records, to appeal to their audience and give them what they want. Maybe they’ve always been that way. Probably.
In that way, “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark” kinda delivers, as the song is currently #5 on Billboard’s Hot Rock Songs chart. And their new album will likely have some degree of success, too, and then in a couple years the band will be back with something new, some new kind of regurgitated popular sound, ready to be spoon-fed to any music fan hungry for some major-label sustenance, blended into a disgusting pop-porridge, without any real flavor or variety. Open up wide.
Rating: 1 out of 5
Author: Ryan King
Ryan King began covering music in 2004 for the Arrow, the student newspaper at Southeast Missouri State University, eventually becoming Managing Editor at that publication. He is also the former Music Editor for OFF! Magazine, an alternative publication published by the Southeast Missourian. Ryan began writing for The Music Universe when launched, but has stepped away to focus on law. He may appear from time to time for reviews.