Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

Patrick Stump, "Spotlight"

out standing in his field I have been patiently (OK, semi-patiently) waiting for the release of the first full-length by Patrick Stump, the former Fall Out Boy lead singer and ex-Law & Order guest star who also happens to possess one of the best voices in pop today. He also has finely tuned musical instincts; I saw him play a brief set at SXSW in March, where he pulled off a Jon Brion-at-Largo style "play all the instruments then loop them" bit and a Bobby Womack cover. (It was awesome. Too short, of course, but awesome.) Last night he released the first single off his forthcoming record, "Spotlight," in not one but two forms! Let me say that again: !!!!

The two tracks are being packaged as a 7-inch, and the A-side would appear to be "Spotlight (New Regrets)," a sinewy bit of synthpop that would fit quite nicely into whatever radio station calls itself The Beat Of [Insert Your City Here]:

Then there's "Spotlight (Oh Nostalgia)," which has a piano bit that reminds me of Billy Joel's "My Life" for a split-second and which has a bit more of a slow-burn build that I think works better with the chorus' lyrical sentiment:

(The outro is very Rocketship, no?)

Here is hoping that this means more is to come, but in the meantime, there's still Folie à Deux, the final Fall Out Boy record. It's two years old next month and I have been endlessly listening to/evangelizing it lately, because this time of year reminds me of replaying it while riding buses and subways during short-yet-long gray days that refused to stop blurring into one another. It's a really fantastic album that got lost in the end-of-year shuffle in '08, and recently it's served as an excellent palate cleanser for me when I've tried to engage in "keeping up" by listening to wobbly-cassette "hypnagogic" bullshit like Autre Ne Veut; in stark, refreshing contrast, Folie à Deux is pop on blast. Here is "27." It has the line "My body is an orphanage, we take everyone in," which has been ping-ponging around my head these past few days even though it has approximately 0% relevance to my own personal visitors' roster at this point in time:

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boyofdestiny (#1,243)

I couldn't stand Folie à Deux, but I'll be the first to admit that I'm not quite a grownup when it comes to music. (I'll take Take This to Your Grave to my grave.) But yeah, I kinda like these tunes! I'm definitely interested in seeing what he can do out from under Pete Wentz's greasy thumb.

Wow, I *HATE THIS* music! I mean I reserve the right to change my opinion. This does happen. But I hate the way it sounds, the way it's produced, the songs, the instrumentation, the lyrics, his singing, and… yup, pretty much EVERYTHING.

Art Yucko (#1,321)

ever been in a Forever 21? It's like a nonstop assault.

DoctorDisaster (#1,970)

Agreed — normally I am all hearts for Maura but this lost me with the first sentence. "The former Fall Out Boy lead singer … who also happens to possess one of the best voices in pop today"? No no no no no no no no no no no.

Seriously? Have you actually listened to him sing?

Brad Nelson (#2,115)

ALERT: Wedding Present cover downthread proves him as the most excellent vocalist forever, check it out, get flattened by the truth.

DoctorDisaster (#1,970)

My boss at my main college job insisted on listening to some pretty crap radio from 2005-07. Trust me, I have heard enough Fall Out Boy for at least another dozen lifetimes. Brad, I'll give that song a listen — I'm open to being proven wrong! — but if it's anything like the strident, histrionic yelping I've heard from him before I'm likely to SAY MORE HARSH THINGS ON THE INTERNET.

DoctorDisaster (#1,970)

MORE HARSH THINGS, I'm afraid. Not much seems to have changed; I still find the guy unpleasant to listen to.

A.R. Chrisman (#2,964)

Where's the Wentz?????

He's over here.

A.R. Chrisman (#2,964)

That is, when he isn't over here.

Aatom (#74)

Needs more cowbell.

Brad Nelson (#2,115)

All right, let's talk about how "(Oh Nostalgia)" is winning and why that is.

Brad Nelson (#2,115)

Because it wouldn't seem the one to win, would it, what with the weird extra Patrick Stump's that curve in and out of the track, and the instrumentation that is more like a historical collage of pop signifiers than the rather "now" feel of "New Regrets" (handclaps, synths, and group vocals are eternal). Not to mention the strange, disorienting oscillations in the chorus, which sort of feel like being launched into a spiral.

I guess I'm just sort of surprised that the "weird" version is winning, but perhaps I shouldn't underestimate the capacity of Fall Out Boy fans for weird?

Because it is 41 seconds of extra Stumpiness? (Never underestimate the pop consumer's desire for value packaging.)

keisertroll (#1,117)

This Patrick Stump looks kinda cute, but Kanyebear riding Pedobear is still Kanyebear riding Pedobear.

HiredGoons (#603)

music aside, I have a few suggestions as to what he can do with that scarf…

dmac (#8,569)

I will admit I love that Roots ft. Patrick Stump song about hooking up with 17-year-olds that everyone else hated.

Jamie Peck (#2,018)

Something about the timbre of his voice really bothers me. Like, I have a feeling it comes out of his throat sounding all auto-tuned and overproduced. Gives me the creeps! Maybe he's secretly a robot?

tigolbitties (#2,150)

wow, he has really slimmed down – if not for the voice, i would have sworn it was someone else!

Jamie Peck (#2,018)

Further evidence of his robothood. It's not hard to get a new body when you are made of metal, right?

tigolbitties (#2,150)

ha – true! though i think i know what it is about his voice that bothers you – it is super high pitched. i don't mind the timbre, and i do enjoy his voice, but i think it's because it's not all deep and guttural like i expect!

I was a bit disappointed with the synth pop of (New Regrets) but (Oh Nostalgia) is exactly what I was hoping for. Agree that Stump has one of the best voices in pop today, and can't wait to hear more. This is a fantastic start.

checkonetwo (#3,234)

I remember thinking I was SO COOL when I started listening to Fall Out Boy before everyone else. His voice is so distinct, it will always (for me at least) hearken back to the days of Take This To Your Grave, and I mostly only listen to this music when I'm feeling, well, nostalgic.

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