Last week I resorted to listening to new country music because nothing else caught my eye (ear). While I was surprisingly pleased with the results (Lady Antebellum and Kenny Chesney- both solid), a reader suggested on my Facebook page that I try the new Fall Out Boy album, “Save Rock and Roll.” Great suggestion. I’ve been listening for a week or so and am hooked.
One song in particular, the title track, caught my attention because some of the vocals sounded exactly like Elton John, which seemed pretty random. I’m not necessarily familiar enough with the nuances of Fall Out Boy’s sound to know the difference, but I did take the extreme step of Googling my hunch and found out I was correct.
A big of additional digging revealed that Fall Out Boy was almost done with their album when they learned that Elton John, a fan of the band, agreed to record with them. Lead vocalist Patrick Stump flew to Atlanta and the magic was made. Others to lend their voices on “Save Rock and Roll” (the album, not the song) include Big Sean, Foxes and Courtney Love.
Elton John’s endorsement of the album’s title sealed it for them:
“He actually spoke up for the album’s title. He came in and was like, ‘Love the album title. Love where this is going. This is great,’” Stump said. “And that was really special for us to have him support us like that.” - Asbury Park Press
The album’s first single is “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark,” but my favorite song on the album is “The Phoenix.” The whole album is good. And if the fact that some boys from Chicago’s north shore can morph into big time rockers doesn’t inspire you to follow your dream, I don’t know what will.
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Here is the video for "My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark." Enjoy!
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