Heavy metal broke my heart but I’ve never been in love before

A couple of weeks ago, Fall Out Boy, after a few days of teasing, released their new single, “Centuries”:

MASSIVE is the only word I can think of to describe this song. I don’t even know how many times I’ve listened to this since it came out.

Since they’re still riding high from last year’s Save Rock & Roll, they didn’t need to make a “comeback”, but if they did…this would have been the perfect song to start with. It’s a natural progression from SRAR while still being new/different enough that it’s not just a regurgitation of a previous single. Plus, Patrick Stump’s range is incredible – every time you think he’s sung as high as he can, he comes out with something like this.

About a week or so before FOB’s new song, Cobra Starship finally released new music for the first time since 2011’s Night Shades, with a radio-ready single, “Never Been in Love Before”:

I’ve been anxiously waiting for new Cobra music – unlike FOB, they never officially announced a hiatus, but the lack of music seemed to indicate that they weren’t doing anything. I have to admit, I wasn’t a huge fan of Night Shades and was really hoping for something more in the vein of 2009’s Hot Mess, or – ideally, in a perfect world – 2007’s Viva la Cobra.

I don’t love this single. It sounds like generic pop song and, if I hadn’t known going in who it was, I would not have recognized Gabe Saporta’s voice. I’m all for bands trying new sounds and I completely understand being influenced by other bands but this single, to me, doesn’t even have a Cobra vibe. All in all, a little disappointing. I’ve only listened to it 3, maybe 4 times, and each time I feel a little sad. I desperately wanted to like it, but I just can’t.