Here we go! A year and a half later with their return from hiatus, Fall Out Boy released My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark, succeeding it with their fifth studio album Save Rock And Roll. Fast forward to present day and a logical progression continues in the form of Centuries, the new single from the band, including an upcoming album to be released early 2015. However, not everyone of us can have good things.
Obviously the song was highly anticipated since Pete Wentz tweeted about the single almost 3-4 days ago, with some lyrics showing up here and there which ultimately made up the chorus of the track. The song also includes Suzanne Vegas' track Tom's Diner which becomes very prominent for the single, appearing in the intro and the pre-chorus. However, for the pre-chorus samples, DCD2 label member Lolo who signed on since releasing her own single Hit And Run, sang them for the band. If you want an extra tidbit, the piano chords on the chorus are eerily similar to Requiem For a Dream. Coincidence? I think not.
I will straight up say that this track, in fact, the future of Fall Out Boy will not turn their backs to their previous records such as From Under the Cork Tree and Infinity On High. Not that both of them were similar or they were going to be replicated, but this new sound band will probably venture off elsewhere as they did with their record that eventually created negative responses from fans and critics alike: Folie à Deux. To be fair, that album was ahead of it's time, turning out to be one of the band's most underrated albums of all time. I will probably do a throwback review soon.
There's a lot of problems for this track, but one thing (or a few, actually) continues from their predecessor record, and that is Patrick Stump providing amazing vocals once yet again. The lyrics do match up in size, but for the most part Patrick's sound hits home yet again, singing 'I never meant for you to fix yourself!' with such aggressive tone that reminded me somewhat of The Mighty Fall. The lyrics aren't the best in the chorus with it being repetitive as well, but the verses do share similar tastes to their previous albums. Wentz does provide some decent lyrics, and even though they may look simple and plain, they are still easy on the eyes and ears but hardly belong in the catalog from their previous years.
However, the song itself falls apart around Stump's vocals like smashing water. It is simultaneously messy, complicated and compressing. Things like Wentz's bass aren't all that distinct, and Joe's guitars are even almost somewhat clear. Andy's drums are also almost robotic and hardly even right in the audience's face. The overproduced essence of this track proves that subtlety is gone from the get-go, which the band has also lent from Save Rock And Roll, namely the above track as an example (The Mighty Fall). Not only that, but the band's direction has also strayed from it's roots. As the members have said, they never make the same album twice. But Centuries could very easily fit on their previous album simply because it's similar in style and tone.
The song will be labelled alternative, but to be fair Centuries felt more like a pop record than anything like what they have done. Even Light Em' Up had the electronic guitars swinging through. This was more of a synthetic audio wave more than anything, and could prove to be a wrong step as far as it goes.
With that in mind, is the song bad? Not at all, though for the hardcore fans they will be put off by this single and the comments such as 'a band that peaked in 2007-9' will probably be plastered somewhere. Give this song a listen. If you liked Save Rock And Roll, chances are you will love this single. If you did not like their previous record, than I don't have to say anything else.
For now, Centuries is added on my playlist as I anticipate their new album.
Benny Ong: Just your regular guy who likes soccer more than most people, and also a little downtime is pretty nice.