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Patrick Stump

Patrick Stump: Soul PunkSoul Punk (2011)
Island Records

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Patrick Stump--ingenious frontman, enigmatic/resourceful lyricist and talented vocalist? A lot of scrutiny can be placed on what his work purveys and there's a strong need to assess if he's the sure-shot solo act to top and crack recent well-received works such as Truant Wave and his last FOB outing.
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Patrick Stump--ingenious frontman, enigmatic/resourceful lyricist and talented vocalist? A lot of scrutiny can be placed on what his work purveys and there's a strong need to assess if he's the sure-shot solo act to top and crack recent well-received works such as Truant Wave and his last FOB outing, Folie a Deux, with the latter being nicely written but poorly effected musically (personally to me, that is). Thus, with that level of cynicism, comes a grand level of responsibility to fans old, new and soon-to-be.

Stump opens the album brilliantly as he shows he's got the power to shirk and irk naysayers and doomsayers with the esteemed dodging, bobbing, ducking and weaving music-wise as he sets out to cleverly machinate a full solo act. John Legend, Elliot Smith, Geoff Rickly, Ian Curtis and Robert Smith all lead with a delectable auraâ?¦and Stump follows suit with an eye-catching opener, and outright tribute to the influence of Michael Jackson in "Explode." "If I'm never your hero / I can never let you down" shows he has not lost his affinity for immaculate wordplay, and supporters would know he has a politely profane penchant for knocking quotes out the park. His profuse knack for this is best exemplified on "Headfirst Slide into Cooperstown on a Bad Bet," but he still wrings these lines out well on the new release. We segue into the electronica and poppy beat that clubs will no doubt adhere to in "This City". It's somewhat stoic and the catchy lyrics/funky beat reek of a Billboard Hit. It's simple but an illustrious message. Stump will have R&B fans throwing their hands up in the clubs no doubt. It's cheeky a grin and a middle-finger to his doubters but you can't fight a good pop song when you hear it, headbanger or not! It isn't typical Stump, he isn't poetic here and it isn't my fave but I wouldn't mind holding a female down in the club to it.

That blindfold aside, the influence of Montell Jordan, Boyz II Men, Bell Biv Devoe and Bobby Brown are felt in waves on the album, especially "Dance Miserable." This isn't a rock album. This album is a symphony of anthems representative of Stump's evolution in pop/music culture and indicative of his revolutionary stance that punk rock breeds diversity and breaks down walls. Transgression or not, Stump does things his way. Everyone samples, mixes and collaborates and he just wants to branch off from the punk scene he grew in. He never says he won't stick to his roots and it isn't a floundering foreclosure to his fans.

"Spotlight (New Regrets)" gives a Depeche Mode/Alphaville kind of effect but it's a potent and poignant song. It definitely seems tailor-made to be a hit. The other tracks fight to rival it and it's unparalleled when it reeks out without struggle or painful effort "Every word's a new regret if you say it right / Every wound can be forgotten in the right light / Oh nostalgia, I don't need you anymore / Cause the silent days are over and the beat is at my door." It's like a rebirth and the chance to come out of his proverbial cocoon where he may have felt a bit stifled as an all-purpose punk act. It may be his way out of musical syncope.

"The 'I' in Lie" seems more akin to a Jason Derulo anthem when Stump exclaims 'I'm a cheat, cheat, cheat / Baby bang bang, kiss kiss / You and I gotta put an end to this / So we cheat, cheat, cheat / If you're unfaithful put your hands in the air / Like your under arrest with a guilty conscious." He delivers an anthem for society--young and old--where infidelity and adultery run rampan. Cheating is an act I despise. I've come to accept with some irregularity in modern society but please, forgive me if I hypocritically bob my head to this song. It's sly, sneering, insidious and engulfs the lot in our everyday lives, like it or not. It isn't the first song on this topic and definitely won't be the last.

"Run Dry (X Heart X Fingers)" echoes a Motown ebb and flow as Stump shares to his punk fans the humane fact that he doesn't want to give his fans their space, he simply wants them to partake in his! He pours it all here, bares heart and soul, and wants his fans to participate. He opens this can of worms with no moderation as he's on the tarmac, fueled (not by Ramen), ready and inviting everyone to go along on his ride. It's up to your flavor and acceptance if this style of Stump is to your liking. The album's arrangement, thus far, is impressive as expected, akin to a MJ album. Again, the influence is not lost on avid and enlightened ears. Stump is arraigned of feeding off his idols and truth be told, he more than does them justice in his homages/tributes.

There is a lack of coherence and cohesive flow with "Coast (It's Gonna Get Better)," but despite the audible attrition in the flow that was being conveyed up until this point, it's a miss that is forgiven due to it's virtuous message. This doesn't take away from the fact that it bears strong semblance to another club-tuned song --fashioned on the strength on Stump's impeccable vocal talent. It's prose on funk/R&B/soul and if it's one man who can make this work, it's Stump.

Topping it off, just when it seemed the album wouldn't end with a tentative right hook, the "My City" remix burns incandescent gold under the rhymes of Lupe Fiasco. Stump engineered a golden ticket right here. He plays on strengths of musical arrangements that influenced him here on Soul Punk and some fans may draw ire, but not me in this humble shell of diversity. Just embrace it with one thing in mind: It's way more soul, with minor pockets of punk.


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eatdogs (March 1, 2012)

Hey, wait, isn't this that guy from that emo band?

shiftyallstar (October 23, 2011)

I read the comments before I read the review (as I tend to do when I know the album sucks), then I went back and read the review. Brilliantly nonsensical stuff!!! I give this review 5 stars for absurdity, plus one for openly admitting to the desire to "[hold] a female down in the club to it". I'd like to hold Renaldo69 (ironic?) down in the club while rereading this review.

SpoogeDragon (October 23, 2011)

Hey, i like Skibz.

undeadsailor (October 23, 2011)

Phil Collins is awesome. Phil Connors is better.

Thepasswordistaco (October 23, 2011)

Do you guys like Phil Collins?

damnitsderek (October 23, 2011)

Awesome troll. There's no other explanation.

sandsky (October 22, 2011)

He isn't the new Skibz777, he hasn't got a clue what he's talking about. Skibz777 has some semblance of coherence.

R3vengeTherapy (October 21, 2011)

Dante3000 (9 hours ago)
traininvain56, I don't think he's talking about what you think he is. He's talking about listening to this song while he rapes a girl in the club. I'm glad I could clarify.


superskabro (October 21, 2011)

RENALDO69 is the new skibz777! THIS IS AMAZING!!!

SpoogeDragon (October 21, 2011)

the voice in my head while reading this sounds like a crack addict.

Misanthropee (October 21, 2011)

Hey look, somebody just discovered essaygenerator.com

eatdogs (October 21, 2011)

ugh, look at that stupid wannabe-retro album cover. who does he think he is, jobriath?

domotime3 (October 21, 2011)

I just see this album as something you'd find in the deep dark recesses of hell

thepopeofchili-town (October 21, 2011)

This review is like Andy Kaufman level shit. I hope.

rob_rob (October 21, 2011)

"Topping it off, just when it seemed the album wouldnâ??t end with a tentative right hook, the "My City" remix burns incandescent gold under the rhymes of Lupe Fiasco. Stump"


killtaker (October 21, 2011)

That first paragraph was enough. I can't do it...I can't do it.

Dante3000 (October 21, 2011)

traininvain56, I don't think he's talking about what you think he is. He's talking about listening to this song while he rapes a girl in the club. I'm glad I could clarify.

traininvain56 (October 21, 2011)

'It isnâ??t typical Stump, he isnâ??t poetic here and it isnâ??t my fave but I wouldnâ??t mind holding a female down in the club to it.'

i read this like five times and every time it seemed super fucked up.

xaviersinclair (October 21, 2011)

The thing about this style of overly verbose, academic writing is that it's impossible to understand, and hence, bad. Language is a tool designed to succinctly communicate ideas. Writing is a concrete manifestation of language. Therefore, if writing is incomprehensible in a specific sense, then it sucks. I have gleaned that you think this record is good, but each sentence here is dizzying. Relax.

Dante3000 (October 21, 2011)

Seriously it reads like a press release. It says a million good things without saying anything. "It's amazing, and heartfelt. You can feel the energy. Channeling the powers of the groundbreaking artists who have come before." This could literally be about almost any record, ever.

eatdogs (October 21, 2011)

how dare you mention ian curtis in regards to patrick DUMP...

Renry_Hollins (October 21, 2011)

I've heard two songs from this album and they've warranted no other listens. This shit is gaaaaaarbage.

canaandrumzz (October 21, 2011)

While I appreciate the effort I'm not going to read what seems like 1000 words about an album that I assume sucks. If anything because I heard one or two demos and know what he sounds like live and I know there is no way that he can actually pull off something like this live. Also the single I've heard (the "city" song) sucks and it hurts to think about how calculated it is from a marketing standpoint.

Dante3000 (October 21, 2011)


eatdogs (October 21, 2011)

leonardo leonardo...

sandsky (October 21, 2011)

Mystereohasmono - good or bad thing?

Mystereohasmono (October 21, 2011)

I'm not gonna lie, this is classic Renaldo.

aorta (October 21, 2011)


seriously though fuck this album, fuck this review and fuck this site for endorsing this shit. got nothing against soul music. this is not soulful whatsoever.

Mystereohasmono (October 21, 2011)

RENALDO69 (3 days ago)
i'll give it a go!! i love silverstein..giving up = amazing song


pufferfish (October 21, 2011)


lostcausegiveup (October 21, 2011)

"avid and enlightened ears"? i dunno, man. far be it from my to shit on a review, cause ya know, personal opinion and all, but i've heard half a dozen songs or so off of this, and i thought it was utter crap. and yes, i do like fallout boy.

danperrone (October 21, 2011)


david5345 (October 21, 2011)


sandsky (October 21, 2011)

Yeah, fuck. Don't mean to bum you out, but this review is not very well written. Verbosity should be used like hard liquor: only in excess when you're pisse off or heartbroken.

adamvms (October 21, 2011)

I am guessing that this was written by one of the following A) a family member B) a label intern C) a fan girl/boy.

Although the writing style depicts someone that is older I can't help but thinking that the reviewer is a twelve year old girl.

mattramone (October 21, 2011)

Well at least we know what review Tom Gabel is going to get butthurt about when the next Against Me! albums gets three and a half stars or less.

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