Guess. Who's. Back. I present to you... Fall Out Boy!
Music video for the song, click here.
Rewind back to the point of 2010. Fall Out Boy initiated a hiatus, which allowed all their members to take a long break, which sparked a suspicious cry thinking that they had called it quits after 7 years in the music industry. A year later, Patrick Stump, the lead singer of the band, released his solo pop album, Soul Punk, and collaborated with Lupe Fiasco on his first single - This City. This further proved that Fall Out Boy was indeed going on their solo careers... until now. 2 months ago, Pete Wentz (bassist), tweeted the sentence, 'we missed you', along with their new single and a new upcoming album. All this wait, has since been over.
They came back with a motive. At least, that's what they named on their new record, Save Rock And Roll. With a smashing epic throwback to the music they made back in the days, My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark was as focused as it possibly could. Saying that the hiatus was a help certainly was accurate to a very large degree.
Previously known for their big hits such as Thanks For the Memories (Thnks fr th Mmrs); This Ain't A Scene, It's An Arms Race; Dance Dance; Sugar, We're Goin' Down; I Don't Care and obviously the king of pop's rendition of Beat It with John Mayer. If you hadn't known them by now, or not listened to any of their songs, you probably should right now. Not showing off my fan-boyism, Fall Out Boy was never my favourite band from the start. Let's move on to the long titled song.
My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (that is a long song title...) is the first single off their fifth studio album, Save Rock And Roll and they had just released their new single, The Phoenix a week ago (compare the titles man). Let's not forget that they were once the inspiration for most rock bands out there, especially with the Stump-esque voice igniting a very large trend back in 2006 and 2007.
The song starts off with what you probably think that you're listening to another song, and not a Fall Out Boy song. Mindtrick, yeah. And just before you hit pause to check the title or the song, you hear the insane pounding and terrifying bass trembling through the drums coupled with the amazing choir backing vocals. And Stump's astounding vocals kick in, once again delivering the nasty layers and rhythms by guitarist Joe and drummer Andy. Whatever happened to the hiatus that was wrong, it brought together a new age of Fall Out Boy, with insane lyrics to an incredible unforgettable song, sticking it and jumping it around time to time.
My songs know what you did in the dark. So light em' up up up, light em' up up up, light em' up up up (I'm on fire!) - Patrick Stump
And who could predict the music Stump and co. has brought together after all those years? A kick-ass song was a rounding success and I almost clapped at the end if not for their comeback in such a strong way. Save Rock And Roll together with Elton John and Big Sean. Listen to them!
ORIGINALITY: 9/10 - Fall Out Boy's resistance is strong as the band's committed sound continues like a train, unstoppable. They create some of the craziest and insane basses and rhythms, along with Stump's amazingly crafted voice.
SOUND: 9/10 - Nothing could compare to a Fall Out Boy song. It is just that fantastic.
LYRICS: 9/10 - Hard-hitting, indispensable and awfully well-written.
OVERALL: 27/30 - This is Fall Out Boy at it's BEST. Boasting a superb recollection of their old hits, the boys have learnt from it all and put in their efforts and have given it all for this record. Save rock and roll... play it for days.
OneRepublic has to wait, I'm sorry. But this band has just been swinging in my head. A number one hit, a Grammy nomination and a rising band. This is The Lumineers,
Watch the music video for Ho Hey here.
Talk about one year, and one year could change where you end up. For the Lumineers, 2012 had hardly been a better year for them. Nominated for a Grammy, hitting third spot on the Billboard hot 100 and also getting famous through many other promotions (such as Ho Hey on the trailer for Silver Linings Playbook), this is one band that you've got to listen to to believe it.
A little more background from the band. The Lumineers are an American folk band, and had just released their debut self-titled album last year, releasing their famous song Ho Hey, with the album itself garnering success, propping at number 2 on the Billboard 200. It soon achieved platinum status, and so did their single.
So, given such little information, do you still think that they are great for best new artist? Apparently, last year was also a damn well year for fun., as they beat The Lumineers out on the category, which was obvious as the other possible contender would be Frank Ocean. The other category they were nominated in was the Best Americana Album, but they did not won that one either. Let's move on to the song, which I had immediately taken a liking to ever since the Oscar's Best Picture nominated movie, Silver Linings Playbook.
Ho Hey starts off with the guitars and strings up at C major. What captures the feeling for this song however, is the potentially heart-warming lyrics. Coupled with backing vocals that screams the song's name (ho hey in case you didn't know), the drums kick in with swiftness. What's more appropriate to say is that the song is lesser than 3 minutes, gaining my reputation to put it on replay almost every time I had to switch a song back to this one. One replay is never enough. I say it again, never enough.
I belong with you, you belong with me, you're my sweet heart. - The Lumineers
What that is more crazy is that you fall in love with this song the more you crave to listen to it. It bounces off you with a positive energy and certainly entails you on a high note. Ho Hey begins with a stringent sound, and ends with it capturing everything that you had known. You can never imagine this band could produce something so vibrant and diverse in 2 minutes and 42 seconds. You can never believe it.
ORIGINALITY: 9/10 - This is a classic, and a classic long way to go.
SOUND: 9/10 - Only a few pieces of magic and this track lives on and on.
LYRICS: 9/10 - Heartwarming lyrics that has to be listened closely to know it.
OVERALL: 27/30 - This is one of my favourite songs to play whenever your mood is down. Eventually slow at pace, but when it kicks you in the mood, this song doesn't let go. Ho Hey will go on to rumble in my song playlist as I will be playing and already did played it for days.
Benny Ong: Just your regular guy who likes soccer more than most people, and also a little downtime is pretty nice.