What the hell happened?
Just when you all thought we had moved on from that god-awful dubstep trend, Fall Out Boy pull out all the stops and cement their place at rock bottom.
What I find most disappointing about Young and Menace is the fact that the intro/first verse actually showcases the unedited vocals of once-iconic frontman Patrick Stump. Now, it is no secret that Stump is an incredible singer – we have heard the soaring capabilities of his voice from the crooning lows to the piercing highs throughout his impressive career – Patrick Stump has pipes. So why on earth would you want to take a digital shit on them?
Following the uninspiring yet bearable first verse, the song explodes into a cacophonic headache of the same boring electronic tropes that even Skrillex had grown out of by 2015. It’s difficult to put in to words exactly what is actually happening throughout the majority of this song – the complexity is utterly perplexing. The warped vocal track is insignificant and seemingly serves no purpose other than to irritate with the only remotely discernible lyric being ‘menace’ – again, what’s the point?
As I write, I seem to be asking a lot of questions. I can’t help but look back on the Fall Out Boy that I fell in love with in my early teens. To this day, I still get a kick out of listening to From Under the Cork Tree, Infinity on High and Folie à Deux due to the simple fact that they are very good albums. Which brings me back to the first question I proposed at the inception of this review – what the hell happened? After waiting 5 years following the release of 2008’s Folie à Deux fans were finally shown the ironically titled Save Rock and Roll which didn’t offer much. Two years after that, we were given American Beauty/American Psycho which offered even less. I dread to think what upcoming release, Mania, will sound like. Hopefully, it’s the end of Fall Out Boy’s steady decline towards infamy – please, stop now or change things up – it’s not working.