Single of the Week: Centuries by Fall Out Boy

by thethreepennyguignol

I’ve been a fan of Fall Out Boy since my mid-teens, when their particular brand of pop-pink angst and psuedo-pretentious lyrics tapped into my very being. I’m a long-time defender of the band even now, but their reputation precedes them in every possible way- they’re an alt-rock scene kid band with the divisive Pete Wentz in their midst and a bad reputation for live shows (a really bad reputation). Personally, I’d rank their fourth and fifth albums (Infinity on High and Folie a Deux, respectively) amongst my favourites ever, and all those who cry out about no guitar solos or lyrics that make no real sense be damned. I’ll admit I wasn’t a fan of their comeback album, the presumably ironically titled Save Rock and Roll, but there was still a spark of interest when I saw that they’d returned with another single, Centuries. 

The first thing that springs out from Centuries-as with all FOB songs- is Patrick Stump’s voice. He might resemble a cool Ralph Wiggum, but the man has a set of pipes on him that have carried the band from spiky punk through polished pop to dubstep. He hits those big notes and that hooky chorus, bringing together the clash of chunky guitar and substantial synths. Centuries itself is a guaranteed club-filler, a stadium song, and a testament to how well Fall Out Boy can still pick their singles. Your thoughts?

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