There’s this really nice piece at underthegunreview.net by Jacob Tender that a friend forwarded me today. It’s about how important Fall Out Boy’s album “From Under the Cork Tree,” was to him. After reading it though, nostalgic and well-written as it was, I really found myself more depressed than…
Well I think I was a junior in high school when “From Under the Cork Tree” came out and when I heard the first song on the CD I just felt like, “yes, finally music I can feel”, because that is what I look for in the music I listen to, if I can feel it, be it a guitar solo or a lyric. I haven’t found that feeling with music that came out during that time, and I thought Fall Out Boy was my answer to it. Because Patrick just had the voice that I just felt. Its kind of soulful and yet had an edge. In fact the whole band just brought a little something to the table that made feel the music.
But anyway, i’d say “From Under the Cork Tree” was the soundtrack of my life as an upperclassmen, I would listen to it on my Walkmen walking home from school. “XO” was my favorite song. And by far I agree with the article that Jacob Tender wrote. His experience was similar to mine. Life started to become more complicated the older I got, but I had the freedom to listen to whatever I wanted. I was a shy kid in high school, the reason for this was because I was self-conscious. Also, boys were a mystery to me and I had low self-esteem. FOB was the therapy I needed. It was the shouting-in-the-middle-of-the-woods type of catharsis.
But anyway, the main reason I loved the CD and the band was because as I said before, it was music I could feel. The same feeling I got when I listened to Otis Redding’s “Try a little Tenderness” or Ray Charles’ “You don’t know me”. I understood the feelings described in each song and it was sincere in a world saturated in superficiality. I was thirsting for real feelings in music, raw and genuine from my generation and “From Under The Corktree” delivered in my opinion.
In regards to Patrick’s response, keep going, there are a lot of people that love your new stuff, and we knew you had it in you all along, we saw glimpses of it in some FOB songs like at the end of the song “W.A.M.S.” (Folie a Deux). My favorite song from Soul Punk is “Allie”. Music is such a wide medium, experimentation is inevitable. Music can never be stagnant, its an art form. So why the hell are people putting music and musicians in a box when there is so much room out there to grow and create.
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