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Fall Out Boy, ‘My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)’ – Song Review

Fall Out Boy My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)
Universal Records

In recent days, rumors have circulated that Fall Out Boy would be reuniting for a performance on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live,’ but they’re actually gearing up for a full-blown comeback, with a summer tour, a new album, and a new single! Like most classic Fall Out Boy tunes, this one has a ridiculously long title: ‘My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up).’

‘My Songs’ is just as infectious as the emo-pop-punk band’s earlier material, but in a different way. While most of the band’s music revolves around catchy guitar riffs, FOB’s latest is built around a hand-clapping beat and thumping drums. ‘My Songs’ is a natural progression for the group, which hasn’t released any new music since 2008’s ‘Folie a Deux.’

Despite the slight style change, any song with Patrick Stump‘s distinct voice is going to sound like Fall Out Boy. He sings, “The world can’t ever get me on my level / I just gotta get you out the cage, on my own, lover’s rage / God I need a spark to ignite.” We will listen to this track over and over just to hear Stump’s chorus-concluding shriek, “I’m on fire!

Much has changed in the four years since Fall Out Boy went on hiatus. Pete Wentz had a son with Ashlee Simpson before they divorced in 2011. Stump put out an acclaimed solo album that didn’t succeed commercially. Oh, and rock music isn’t getting played on the radio much anymore, which is perhaps what led the band to modestly title their upcoming album ‘Save Rock and Roll.’

Whether Fall Out Boy’s return will usher in a new era of skinny jeans, asymmetrical haircuts and 15-word song titles remains to be seen, but ‘My Songs’ shows enough promise to get us seriously excited about this comeback.

Listen to Fall Out Boy, ‘My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)’

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