Thursday, July 18, 2013

Listening Post

There's something very strange about the new Fall Out Boy album and it might be the way that it perfectly embodies, sometimes in a disconcerting manner, how quickly styles and fads roll over in our culture these days. The band went away for only about five years and within that time all kinds of new sounds and acts rose to prominence -- and now that they're back, they actually kind of sound like the bands they helped to inspire in the alt-pop world. So who's ripping off whom? Or is it simply that everything in alt-pop and rock sounds alike right now?

I'm not sure how much I love this song because to me it really does sound like it could be any one of the legion of other bands KROQ plays so deeply into the ground that they've likely come out the other side of the world. But I do appreciate Fall Out Boy having the ambition to create an ongoing serial out of the record, with every song getting its own video that reveals a new segment of the "story."

Anyway, here's Young Volcanoes.

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