Multi-platinum album? Check. Debut top ten single? Check.
Countless magazine covers? Check.
Well, it would seem that Chicago's Fall Out Boy were, without question, the breakout stars of 2005 and are now a band on the cusp of world domination. So why doesn't 'Dance Dance', the second single to be lifted from major label debut album 'From Under The Cork Tree', make me need to throw serious Emo shapes all over the nearest dance floor?
The reality is that it simply lacks the crossover pop hook that sets the band apart from the countless, bland 'hipsters' that populate the current Emo scene. Though 'Dance, Dance' is altogether more frenetic and packs a punkier edge than much of their latest material, this nod to their roots can seem labored and is "Ultimately weighed down with words/too over-dramatic" to quote the track itself... more of a nod toward ironic convention than innovation.
However, this is certainly not a track without merit, and will no doubt be a hit with the thousands of kids that adore them.
It's hard not to be taken in by the sheer earnestness that Fall Out Boy convey through their music, a stunning mix of both sweeping melody and freak-out vigor that cannot fail to rouse a reaction, but get up and dance? Not this time.
No matter what though, I can hear the Grammys calling next...