Fall Out Boy – Young and Menace review

Fall Out Boy’s quest to become even more cutting edge continues with the release of their brand new single Young and Menace.

Through a haze of purple allure, Pete Wentz and co revealed their comeback track. The band has become prone to teasing their new projects over recent years, in an effort to stir up a fever, something fresh, as if the quartet has already accomplished all that music has to offer.

However on this occasion, one cannot help but wish that the effort put into marketing their own hype and grooming their new looks was exchanged for more time spent in the studio. Fall Out Boy appear to be content in letting their own waves wash over them, being swept away in false twitter euphoria.

The song begins typically interesting, with a vibe in sync with that of the band’s two previous records. It really could have gone somewhere. But the instrumentation is just bare and faceless, and the cultural lyrical references come across cringeworthy without any tongue in cheek.

That being said, the band revisits its hip hop influences, not too dissimilar to This Ain’t A Scene It’s An Arms Race. Yet, the difference is that the older effort culminates in a pop punk frenzy of a chorus, whilst Young and Menace sounds like someone fell asleep on the producer’s mixing desk.

The chorus is reminiscent of discovering Microsoft paint for the first time, and just smashing every tool and button in an effort to create something new and artistically beautiful. The creator can quite easily get that impression, but the creation itself just isn’t that, clearly. The band clearly has higher hopes for writing another NFL or movie preview soundtrack than producing another Take This To Your Grave.

The drums feel like they are ready to explode into an arena-filling chorus, however the lid is kept on and the pace is constantly rewound. The potential can be heard, with dark and edgy undertones, but the track does a great disservice to Patrick Stump’s powerful voice, by cutting him out of a chorus that could have been a hit.

The progression looks to have gone too far, out of control. However the potential for the album is still there, and there is something strangely addictive about the sound of two robots warring over a Fall Out Boy record. The song will grow and definitely have its moments, but not grow enough to ever be a fan favourite that could even feasibly be performed live.

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