Solid and confident first solo offering
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 28/10/2011 11:09:30
When Patrick Stump went solo, most people were probably expecting him to stick to Fall out Boy's tried and tested formula of uplifting and inventive pop punk. What most weren't expecting though, was this, an album that has much more in common with RnB than Stump's old band. The album is a full solo effort. All the lyrics, all the instruments and the production is Stump's work, which makes it's removal from FoB all the more surprising.
It's ultimately uplifting and cheerful, which isn't a surprise. Every song is laid over a whirling synth track and mostly electronic drums, with a distinctly RnB vocal track on top. Stump has always been considered to have one of the best voices in pop-punk, and honestly, he has a better voice than some of the artists he is channeling here.
It's hard to write a subjective review as a long time FoB fan, but most of their old fans will enjoy this. It's much, much more 'Folie a Deux' than any of the bands older work, and those who didn't enjoy that album may be put off here. It's also the first time that Stump has worked without Pete Wentz's lyrics, thankfully he's just as good. His words carry more emotional weight than the obscure analogies that Wentz used to make in spades, 'This City' is a particular example of emotional height.
Not being a large RnB fan, it's hard for me to compare this to other artists, but It has sort of Ne-Yo, Usher feel to it, with the lightweight synth rushing through every song and simple drum beats keeping everything in time.
In conclusion, FoB fans should certainly give it a try, most songs, with just a few exception are upbeat, 'put a smile on your face' music. RnB fans will find something to love here as well, as Stump is frankly more talented and a better songwriter than most artists currently working in the pop industry, it's just a shame that he may not receive the recognition he deserves.
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