Save Rock and Roll

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - MUSIC - The 20/ 20 Ex­pe­ri­ence JAR­RAD BE­VAN JAR­RAD BE­VAN

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.

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