Fall Out Boy

"My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)"

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February 12, 2013

What happens when an arena-emo band jettisons the "emo"? Turns out it's a big, goofy, stomp-along pop-metal anthem. The first Fall Out Boy single since 2009 might have a wordy sad-journal title and angst-wracked lyrics, but Patrick Stump sounds like a manimal banging on his cage door as he sings restraining-order-worthy blather like "You're the antidote to everything except for me" over a track strung between the club and a Kiss convention. The Paul Stanley-style "I'm on fire!" during the chorus might not be scary, but it's the evil thought that counts.

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