Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Soul Punk

I'm a giant dork. It's not really news to anyone, but it seems that whenever I profess my love for Fall Out Boy, people are more than happy to point it out. Seeing as Fall Out Boy has broken up (last February, so it's not really news), I've been waiting impatiently for Patrick Stump's (formerly FOB's lead singer) solo album, Soul Punk, to be released.

It was rumoured that Patrick's first solo album would be out in summer 2010. I looked online for it, tried to find out what was up, and came up with nothing. I wasn't sure why. Of course, I was putting my trust in Wikipedia, so I get what I deserve. When I bothered to look elsewhere (which I just did an hour ago), I found out that Soul Punk's release has been pushed back (it was originally set to be released this month). Now it's being said that the album will be released this summer.

But Patrick's not one to disappoint the fans. Yesterday, he released Truant Wave, an EP available for digital download on iTunes. And today, I acquired it. I've been listening to it for about 30 minutes. I'll be honest: I love Patrick Stump and I don't think he could ever change that. That being said, I'm not crazy about Truant Wave. It's probably because I'd been expecting something more like a cross between Bright Eyes and Dashboard Confessional and ended up with a Fall Out Boy-esque EP littered with appearances by different rappers. But that's not a complaint. It's still good and the future of Patrick's career is bright.

What Mr. Stump actually said about the EP was this:
"Formal album releases take so much time to prepare, I’d like to announce the release of Truant Wave, a digital EP ... I’ve put together of songs I felt strongly about but didn’t have place for within the narrative of Soul Punk. Having recorded Soul Punk as the sole performer and writer, creating Truant Wave also presented a welcome opportunity for me to work with some of my gifted friends on my solo material. Anyway, I’m psyched on this EP, hope you like it. See you on the road."

When I got over my own expectations, I found that I really loved the second track, Spotlight (Oh Nostalgia). It's my favourite on the EP and it showcases the same smart writing and entrancing melodies that drew me to Fall Out Boy in the first place. Of course, Patrick's voice is the main reason why I've fallen so deeply in love with FOB.

If you love Fall Out Boy and loved their last (real) album, Folie à Deux, then you should get Truant Wave. The rapping in the first track (Porcelain ft. Alph-A-Bit) fits with the song perfectly, and even as someone who isn't into the rap genre, I really liked the EP.

I'm still extremely excited for Soul Punk. Patrick will be doing absolutely everything himself, including producing. Think of it as the Foo Fighters' (a.k.a. Dave Grohl's) first (solo) album. I'm curious to see what he'll do with it and to see what his individual style is.

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