Fall Out Boy – Believers Never Die – Greatest Hits [Mercury Music Group / Decaydance / Fueled By Ramen – 2725518]
A very strong compilation for seasonal fans of Fall Out Boy like myself. I remember Fall Out Boy’s Sugar, We’re Goin Down was one of the first songs I ever had on my new 512MB MP3 player, just at the point where I had moved secondary (high) schools. Fall Out Boy are very similar to bands like Linkin Park in being the sound of a generation, my generation. Pop punk and emo-pop was the soundtrack to those formative years where we are experiencing new feelings and thoughts, leaving our childhood behind to venture into more adult activities.
Fall Out Boy are one of the most famous bands from this era that almost any 20-something knows who they are and a few of their hit songs. At the time FOB were hot news I did try and indulge myself in their albums but I found myself only really listening to the same hit songs. Well luckily for me they released a greatest hits album in 2009, which allowed me to keep high quality copies of my favourite tracks without having to have 4 albums in my collection that I only enjoyed 30% of.
I can only really comment on the first ~60% of this album as these are the only tracks that interest me, by the point FOB had released 2008’s Fall Out Boy – Folie À Deux, edgy teenager me had moved past listening to FOB and began fixating on heavier content (both in sound and content). But I will never forget the memories that are attached to the hits from 2004-2007, and so this album is in my opinion 100% worth it for the nostalgia trip alone.
A great compilation for a part-time fan of Fall Out Boy, but offers nothing special for hardcore fans.
Quietdrive – When All That’s Left Is You [Epic – 82796939692]
Hoh oh, this album. This album evokes feelings, memories and thoughts of being a troubled teenage boy. This is one of those perfect Emo Pop albums for me, its just so… corny. Like when I heard this at the tender age of 13 I felt this album spoke my emotions and feelings louder than I ever could, thinking I was one of a kind feeling these “feels”.
Quietdrive‘s first album is very much in the same vein as releases from other teenage emo-pop favourites such as The All-American Rejects or Yellowcard. Up beat, sugary sweet power pop anthems sung by pretty boys wearing their heart on their sleeves is how I sum this album up. This album has no teeth, no edge, thus appealing to everyone with how middle of the road it is. All the songs are about, loving, or not understanding love, or these new “feelings” and those bittersweet teenage relationships. However Quietdrive’s offerings ended up blending in with the surge of other albums/acts with a similar sound coming out at the same time.
I only keep this album around because of it being a pure soundtrack for about 6 months of my life, before moving onto music with at least some kind of substance.
A pure nostalgic trip, offering little else.