Save Rock and Roll
THIS Fall Out Boy comeback album has got some of the most weird, weirder and weirdest cameo spots imaginable. The closing song and title track is a sombre piano ballad fully decked out with fancy guests such as Elton John and the London Symphony Orchestra. A stranger fit is Kanye- blessed rapper Big Sean dropping dirty double entendres all over The Mighty Fall. But taking the prize for most bizarre oddball guest is Courtney Love, the one- time queen of grunge, babbling and ranting about “burning cities’’ and “PowerPoint presentations’’. She’s never sounded more divorced from reality – and that’s saying something. Thankfully, the rest of the album is content to kick butt without the unnecessary frills. It plays out like it’s 2005, with aggressive pop- punk and some slinky R& B- pop influences. Save Rock and Roll is a fun- filled romp, from torch song Just One Yesterday to typical Fall Out Boy rocking, from singalong anthems to an off- kilter mash- up of soulrock and a brief burp of dubstep. It’s almost funny Fall Out Boy think they could save the rock genre. From what? Alien attack? As is always the case with them, it’s impossible to tell where the sincerity starts or the bravado finishes.
JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE POP music fans have long prayed for JT to stop making bad movies and give them another album – and finally, it has arrived. Timberlake has reunited with Timbalake for 10 tracks that hark back to Stax, Motown and ’ 80s pop, while still striving for something futuristic. Many of the songs click over the seven- minute mark, giving production whiz Timbaland time to flip the tunes into something often very different to how they started. The first song Pusher Love Girl, about JT’s addiction to a lady, has that style and it is but the first of many. The hope might be that all the studio trickery will keep the album interesting. Where JT’s last album was sassy and lustful, this record leans towards love. That Girl and Tunnel Vision are sharp, well- executed ballads, the latter decked out with classic Timbaland signatures. Somehow, even JT’s most dubious lyrics get a pass. Put that down to his delivery, an easy, oozing charm. However, first single Suit & Tie is a clunker. Even Jay- Z can’t save it. Perhaps the issue here is the super pair may have played it too safe.