Fall Out Boy has done some pretty risky and unique things for the release of Save Rock and Roll. In fact, the existence of this album is a feat in itself considering the circumstances surrounding it. My favorite part about this whole thing, however, is taking the time to look back. It’s necessary to assess what kind of things FOB has accomplished to explain why this return is so damn important. Luckily, I got my hands on Take This to Your Grave, a fan favorite and one of my holy grails.
The one thing that astounds me about this album is the amount of time it took to catch on. It seemed overlooked and under-appreciated. However, a true symbol of the “believers never die” mentality, years before that creation however, it offered too much to ignore.
From the beginning, FOB uses the opener “Mick” to take their anger to extremities, essentially slapping you in the face with snarky comments and heartbroken anthems. They haven’t accepted societal norms of love and damn it, neither should you!
The album, of course, continues in this fashion. Songs don’t stray too far from the topics of ex-girlfriends, missed opportunities and regret. It’s not a terrible thing because from these raw emotions arise some of the best treasures.”Grand Theft Autumn” lends itself to troubled emos everywhere, “Sending Postcards From a Plane Crash” ignites to the vengeful and “Reinventing the Wheel to Run Myself Over” speaks to the hopeless.
“The Patron Saint of Liars and Fakes,” though, is perhaps the greatest example of raw talent on this record. Fast, heavy and dirty, it holds your fascination with relatable lyrics and unstoppable rhythms. It’s almost impossible to determine in what fashion this song will go, but with words like, “And when it all goes to hell/will you be able to tell me sorry with a straight face?” it’s easy to channel their passion and execute your own. This song pumps you up, makes you angry, and makes you feel everything a song ought to.
Each contributing song explains a different experience, details a feeling, and targets a different audience. Regardless of the subject matter, this album is for the slightly, or completely, inexperienced person. It’s a 12-track story about getting over the shit associated with bad relationships, mistakes, and good friends. It’s a detailed plan on how to survive growing up. It’s Fall Out Boy’s direct manual on how to get over everything that seems unbearable and impossible.
Although I admit this album sounds a little immature, I can definitely appreciate the quality of the experience and the dedication to honesty it provides. It’s lovely to be able to share in their passion, isn’t it?