ONE-LISTEN VERDICT: The first single from Fall Out Boy’s forthcoming Folie A Deux finds the foursome traveling waters that should be familiar to anyone who’s tuned a radio to their local pop station recently: It has a stompy beat that recalls stadium-rock staples, not to mention that Pink breakup song that’s been burning up the airwaves lately. Patrick Stump’s voice sounds in fine fettle (particularly on the bridge, on which all I will say is “oh my”), and the “I don’t care what you think as long as it’s about me” chorus is certainly in keeping with the band’s commentary-on-fame lyrical tradition, but am I wrong to want something that, well, swings its hips a little more? I’m going to just chalk this up to the band’s label wanting to release a first single that would be likely to continue the success of Infinity On High‘s more-truncheonlike-than-its-counterparts “Thnks Fr Th Mmrs,” which somehow managed to be the only song from that album that stuck around the top-40 world, despite its other singles being much, much better.
(Also, I want to point out that this would have definitely been yesterday’s Intentional Leak Of The Day, but as I was posting about it from a lounge in JFK, my computer’s battery crapped out. And it’s still 1:30 a.m. where I am right now, so it sort of counts. Right?)