The Week In Music: Old Favorites Return…Kinda

Fall Out Boy

By this time on a Wednesday I normally have one or two stand out albums from New Music Tuesday that I’ve entered into the rotation. This week however there is just SO MUCH STUFF!!! So much to wrap my head around that I can’t even begin to process it yet. I imagine this is how Charlie felt the first time he walked into the Chocolate Factory.

It’s daunting because this is not really a week to discover someone new. It’s a time to see where they are now, and that takes a little more time.

Case and point being Fall Out Boy, a band I sweat and sang to as far back as the “Take This To Your Grave” days.

2008’s “Folie A Deux” was the last offering from them. An album that apparently only I and a 13-year-old from Nebraska named Tiffany embraced. But Tuesday brought us “Save Rock And Roll“.

It’s…well…it needs more time to percolate in my ears. When you have a band whose music you feel close to you want to give them the benefit of the doubt. Give it time to grow on you. I call this “Green Album Syndrome“. But the first words that come to mind are “glossy”, “eh ok”, and “oh no Courtney Love…really?”.

The stand out by far is “Young Volcanoes“.

Elsewhere there’s a few hip hop albums of note. Ghostface Killah dives deeper into the Quentin Tarantino school of music, this time going as far as to recruit William Hart of The Delfonics to sing a hook and digging through the crates for some Django’ish beats on “Twelve Reasons To Die

N.O.R.E. is back with “Student Of The Game“. Now he’s P.A.P.I….do with that information what you will.

Oh yeah and there’s a Kid Cudi album.

There’s also new music from The Flaming Lips, Iron And Wine, and The Yeah Yeah Yeahs. I told you, SO MUCH STUFF!

Really the stand out though for me, of the things I’ve spent real time with in the past 24 hours, is “Free The Universe” from Major Lazer.

It’s just fun. You’ve got Bruno Mars singing hooks about butts, Shaggy rapping on a song in 2013, and Ezra Koenig from Vampire Weekend having me consider an island vacation.

Listen. Breathe. Repeat.

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