A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Fall Out Boy's brash anthem "My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark" is darker and heavier than their past power-pop, but it's still appropriate for tweens and teens, many of whom may not even remember the old, more bubblegum incarnation of the group. There's no iffy language in the song aside from a possible drug reference. The music video features slow-motion arson, including use of a flamethrower, and some scantily clad women.
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What's the story?
Pop-rock superstars Fall Out Boy are back after a long break (their last album was released in 2008) with this radio-ready single and its accompanying fire-filled video starring rapper du jour 2Chainz, who is setting memorabilia from the band's past aflame. With a cleaner, less guitar-heavy sound and darker, more mature lyrics, the band appears to be settling into the modern stadium-rock aesthetic popularized by groups like The Killers and fun.
Is it any good?
MY SONGS KNOW WHAT YOU DID IN THE DARK is bursting with angst and trying very hard to be catchy, but ends up being weakened by uninspiring lyrics and a lack of originality and authenticity. Lead singer Pete Wentz wants to be provocative but fails; this is the type of song you'll hear in the background at shopping malls and in movie trailers and wonder what ever happened to rock 'n' roll. Even kids may find the sound either too predictably "current" or not current enough.