Another long one, figured going the multi-quote way was better than a string of posts from me.
Fantastic review. I'd rather read more like this than most from so called professional publications. While you describe the sound, your emphasys is in your "relationship" with the album and that's much more interesting, imo. Music isn't science...
Thank you very much. That's been my thoughts for a long time ... that, as a reviewer, it's ok to also say why you, personally, like an album -- that we all carry these feelings when we listen ... robotic reviews end up feeling ... robotic to me. Haha, I wanted to write something I would want to read.
Pretty much the review I was expecting and hoping for. This album is easily my most anticipated of the last five years; now I can't wait to hear it even more.
Thank you. I knew I had your expectations to live up to! Haha, was nervous for quite a few readers to read this ... from comments I'd read previously.
Thank you so much for your help with editing and pointing me in certain directions. I really appreciate you taking the time to help with that ... I think the end product is far stronger because of it. And that line ... all you! Hahahah.
Most passionate review I've read in years! People say it's all about impartiality, but this was so honest you can't help but want to pick up a copy of the album and check it out for yourself. Congrats, Jason Tate
Thank you very much. I'm really glad that came through.
That review, especially the first and last paragraphs, is one of the most well-written pieces of writing I have read on this site. Really well done, I hope I enjoy this as much as you.
Wow, thank you so much ... I really appreciate it.
Thank you!! I was nervous what you'd think ... hahaha.
I haven't posted on this site in awhile but after reading this review I felt compelled because it is hands down the best review and analysis I've ever read of any album. As part of the guys in their mid 20's now who were 16 and saw fall out boy before fuct was even recorded, it's comforting to know that FOB have engaged their initial audience. Many of the sentiments Jason expressed are similar to my overall feelings about blink's neighborhoods. My biggest complaint with reading album reviews are the about of unrelateable pretentious jibber jabber the reviewer uses to try and make themselves seem like an expert. All I've listened to was the First Single they released an base on this interview I'll probably purchase the album.
This is so beautifully written, and is without question one of the best reviews I've read of anything, and that's not limited to this site. It's so nice to see that music can still be written about with such passion and honesty.
Thank you so much.
Grumble, I hate that it lets people "rate" albums before the release date like that. I changed a lot of the review portion on the new site, and I'm going to go back and start making changes to the current site very soon (mobile site upgrade is first). That will be fixed/changed.
As a lifelong FOB fan, the beginning backstory was a little much, though I completely understand the need to establish their history for a more casual listener.
That being said, I'm cautiously optimistic about this record. Also worth noting that Jason's writing was really great, poetic at times. Does he write more like this in his blog? Would definitely read more of it.
I tried to keep it as short yet interesting as possible - because I feel the same about reviews of bands I know ... but I also thought it was important to set the stage of where the band is now. So thanks for putting up with it!
Thank you, that means a lot to me. I write more free-form in my blog (chorus.fm
for those interested), but a lot of it is more about things that interest me, links to other things (tech/music related) with some commentary ... it's really a place where I share and write about what I am interested in or like -- without being 100% about music.
Very interesting review. it was long, and of a record I don't care about, but I felt compelled to read it till the end. and it actually made me want to give the record a chance.
That, by itself, is a very nice endorsement. Thanks!
god damn this was a good review. worth coming out of retirement for. that concluding paragraph...that's some emotive stuff. extremely well done.
Thank's Thomas! Means a lot coming from other reviewers that do this far more frequently than I! Haha, really appreciate that.
Really good review, I've been holding off from listening to new songs from this album just to hear it as a whole, and I can't wait. I've never been huge on any FOB album, so I'm hoping this is the one to change my mind.
I quoted to ask a question though, is the new AP.net going to have an option for users to put any kind of score? Because I really hope not haha, seeing people rate albums before they're out is expected and all at this point but it gets old.
I am definitely doing all I can to fix that little problem. A change in the score system, and when it lets users rate it.
I don't think an album review has ever given me chills before. Every single sentence about the relationship the listener has with FOB hits the nail right on the head - I think it's something that is particularly important to mention when it comes to Fall Out Boy. Beautifully written.
The honesty with which you've treated the new record has me even more excited.
Thank you so much.
Grumble. So, about 4 months ago something happened with the database and like 1 million super old posts (like from 2005) got deleted. This included a wide range of my posts and threads ... which included a lot of old news, and my old interviews/reviews. I spent a long time trying to get the back-ups from the tech people at our company, but have not had any luck getting those back up. I really hope one day to get them ... if not, I am going to see what copies I still have around and what I can use archive.org to recreate. I would like, at least, to not just have one review on this site. Haha. It annoys me greatly.
Great, great review. Really tugged at emotion for me. Smooth words made it a smooth read as well. Hope to see more reviews from you in the future and please, more often?!
Thank you! I will do my best. I also write more off the cuff impressions on music on my blog
, and once some of my other duties on the site calm down a bit (lots of tech stuff at the moment), I really hope to be able to get back to writing more. It, along with reading, are the two passions I have that I don't spend enough time with. Music/tech takes over so much.
Thank you very, very much Alex.
See above in my answer to Craig. I'm still really sore about that. Hah.
"Conforming to orthodox or well-established rules or patterns" -- I played it a little lose because there's a more lax definition when it comes to things like comic books or movies and all that. But the idea was that I wanted to acknowledge that "Evening Out..." exists (or all the comments would be about that), but also acknowledge that basically no one (including the band) really does ... I, and others, consider that their "debut" ... which is why I picked that word.
Wow, this is a superb review. It really moved me emotionally. The things you say are universal,and I think that's what makes albums like this, and, music in general, so beautiful.
Thank you so much ... that was definitely a goal, to have a universal tint on music while also describing the album. I was hoping that even if someone didn't like this particular band or album ... parts would still resonate with why I (and others) do ... and that anyone could tie those emotions to their own favorite bands.
Man. This is a great review.
Can't wait to listen to this after my test later - terrible timing for this to stream and me to have a test ;)
Wow. Just a piece of stellar, stellar writing Jason. Read it one time for the content of the review, but I had to go back and read a second time just to enjoy the quality of writing.
You sold me on the album, by the way. Excited to go into this with a new perspective.
Thank you so much -- I really appreciate that, especially the part about reading it twice.
I know the emphasis is on the "recommendation" but, this reads like a 100 and scored an 80. Would mild or non fans of FOB or music fans in general find this to be an 80?
I really just marked everything an 8 without much thought at all into it.
First, I wanted to say how I truly enjoyed your review and how it has captured my excitement to listen to this record even more. What truly moved me was how you described the fact of how a album can say somthing about us, especially in relation of growing older. I have found myself begging for so much more from the bands I adore today and it has pushed my musical boudries and thus allowing "expanding" my tastes . As you said at a younger age "grungy guitars and the forbidden beat" was exactly the raw sound I craved. But having a band grow along side of you is surreal experience that make me crave a lavish production more and more with subsequent albums. All-in-all,your review is well written, has be filled with excitement, some skepticism, and a happiness to see one of my favorite artists grow along side their fans.
I think that's something a lot of us feel ... and we tie a lot of nostalgia to old bands/albums. "That was the album I was listening to when ..." and we hope to somehow capture that feeling again with each new album. For me, at least, this album (and other bands have done it as well) have found a way to continue their own evolution along with mine ... they keep releasing music that hits the right "button" so to say. Another example of the opposite would be like New Found Glory. I still really enjoy listening to their albums, check out every single one and will play it most summers, however, it's not really in my "today wheelhouse" and it stops short of being an album that hits me the same as when I was younger. The bands and albums, for me, that I become very attached to (Gaslight, Brand New, Thrice, FOB, JEW) are the ones that have grown as I've grown ... and I feel like I'm discovering even more of those kinds of artists as I move into "adulthood." Those are the ones that stick with you.
ALL OF THE FEELS
It's true. As much as I love the old stuff, I'm fine with the original FOB sound only being available on past albums....just like our angst and youth are really only available through pictures and videos and posts and memories. Those experiences come few and far between today. You can't move forward and still hope everything remains the same. I feel like I've grown side by side with the changes of their sound.
Thank you so much.
Right now, it's definitely the one I am most proud of ... I wouldn't have been able to write that just a few years ago, and that (to me at least) is an important step for me, as a writer, to have felt like I've grown.
That last paragraph is fucking perfection.
The entire review is tight and well-written, and it's easily the best review you have ever written, Jason. I haven't been as excited for this album as most others, but this makes me pretty eager.
Thank you so much. I know you've read a lot of my stuff over the years - so to hear that really means a lot to me.
I was afraid this would be one of those 95% rating, fan with their blinders on kind of review. But this was fairly scored, critiqued, praised and best of all, extremely well written. Great job Jason
Thank you! All those things were exactly what I was going for - so that makes me feel incredible to read.
Good job, probably one of the most passionate reviews I've ever read! I've only heard this once and while I don't like it as much as FAD I still think it's decent. "Young Volcanoes" is the only song I really don't like, everything else is fairly solid even though "Alone Together" and "The Mighty Fall" totally reminds me of a Rihanna song.
Wow, thank you so much. Hearing this from those of you that crank out reviews so frequently and with such quality - really means a lot.
I read this review about three times on my flight earlier...really hits close to how I feel about them, and what I'm feeling as I'm listening to the album. Great stuff, Jason.
Thank you! The multiple read really means a lot -- glad you're enjoying the music as well.