A huge problem many musicians face as their musical career drags on is the separation of the band that made them famous. Some musicians can handle it, like Rob Thomas after the two hiatus’ with Matchbox Twenty. Now, when it is a cult-like band with many followers, like Fall Out Boy, you have a problem. Many fans resent their last album, Folie à Deux, because it is a reminder that they have gone their separate ways permanently.
Singer Patrick Stump did not let this stop him. He went forward, and made solely his own style music, his own lyrics, and his own instruments, into the solo debut album “Soul Punk”. After one song, I judged it as hardly as good as his career with Fall Out Boy. I always tell people, “They should have stayed where they were.” Fall Out Boy was already split when I fell in love with their music, so I couldn’t do much about the situation. But after a lot of thought and an email in my inbox, I went back to explore Patrick Stump’s solo music.
I think I realize the biggest thing that fans can’t do is cross the barrier between genres. Fall Out Boy is considered (according to Wikipedia) Pop/Punk/Rock/Emo, and Patrick Stump’s album is considered…well… Soul Punk. And many fans don’t enjoy the lack of grungy guitar and hard drums, and the presence of synthesizers and vocal runs. But they don’t have to.
A few songs that definitely stood out on the album were “Allie” and “Bad Side Of 25”. Allie has a wicked guitar solo, and Bad Side Of 25 shows of a classic style of Patrick’s singing style. If anything, he has definitely kept the way he sings, adding heavy Michael Jackson influence- whom he credits as an influence- and his own lyrics.
If people really listen to Patrick’s music and get over themselves, they can still enjoy old Fall Out Boy like “America’s Suitehearts” and “What A Catch, Donnie” without being spiteful. Two styles but the same people. And what fans don’t grasp is the beauty of a debut album, or the beauty of a last album. Fall Out Boy knew in 2008 they were leaving. “What A Catch, Donnie” was a very final track, and it laid a lot down, going through the past of Fall Out Boy in the last 40 seconds.
I think I can get used to Patrick’s new music. It’s good, that’s a for sure. He won’t necessarily have the same fans that had supported Fall Out Boy for four and some albums, but he is a great talented artist and as he says in “Coast”, “It’s gonna get better” for dear Patrick Stump.
Check out Bad Side Of 25!
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