Review: Save Rock and Roll by Fall Out Boy

Save Rock and Roll by Fall Out BoyFall Out Boy have changed their approach across their four albums, so it’s a bit of a surprise that their fifth – Save Rock and Roll, their first after a four-year hiatus – isn’t much different from Folie à Deux, which preceded it. That album saw the band go for a more melodic, yet still harder sound; the difference this time around is their willingness to experiment with more sounds from a wider spectrum, from the 80s-influenced “Miss Missing You” to the misleadingly hip-hop slash Weezer-y “Where Did The Party Go”. The album fails in its overambition: a plethora of guest stars (Elton John, yes) and a bigger plethora of sounds mean an uncharacteristically incoherent Fall Out Boy release. I’m not saying it’s a bad release – at its best it’s as fun as its more mainstream stuff, and you’ve got to give them credit for trying – but maybe… maybe the actual comeback record is still on their sleeve? | 3/5

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