The Bottom Line
Fall Out Boy claim that they never broke up, so this is not a reunion record. It is simply the next chapter. "My Songs Know What You Did In the Dark" sounds like the group members were making good use of the time away in their solo explorations. The band's sound has aged impressively. They aren't leaving their post-hardcore roots behind entirely, but they are embracing an aggressive rock attitude that captures our attention, and it wouldn't be Fall Out Boy without massive hooks.
- Patrick Stump's hair metal screams
- Huge rock hooks
- Compelling, dark atmosphere
- No major missteps here
- Written by Pete Wentz and Patrick Stump
- Produced by Butch Walker
- Released February 2013 by Island Records
Guide Review - Fall Out Boy - "My Songs Know What You Did In the Dark (Light Em Up)"
You are excused if initially you might think you wandered into the next hip hop and rock blending experiment. That dark "Whoa-oh" with a rock guitar riff and rapper 2 Chainz lighting records on fire in the video doesn't exactly spell out what most of us remember about Fall Out Boy. However, it's not long before Patrick Stump's vocal vibrato brings us into somewhat more familiar territory.
"My Songs Know What You Did In the Dark" sounds almost like the band are scooping up influences from hip hop and arena rock then drop-kicking them into something new. The effect is exhilarating. Patrick Stump's hair metal scream "I'm on f-i-i-i-re!!" will make any listener smile. Meanwhile on the screen in the video relics of Fall Out Boy's past are literally going up in flames. Clearly the band are not wanting to dwell on their past, but instead are looking to the future.
2013 so far is shaping up to be the year of surprise returns by major recording acts. Fall Out Boy follow David Bowie, Destiny's Child, and Justin Timberlake in stepping back into the spotlight barely a month into the new year. If this is a sign of what's to come with the Save Rock and Roll album, everyone should be listening closely. Fall Out Boy prove that any rumors of their early demise were pointing in the wrong direction. The group has reappeared with all of their musical power intact.