April 21, 2013 Matthew Murray
I could write pages and pages on this one. If you don’t know who Patrick Stump is, he’s the lead singer of pop-punk band Fall Out Boy. Have you heard of Soul Punk? I’d be surprised.
Mr Stump is a highly passionate musician and it shines through on this dance effort. The sound is massively different to Fall Out Boy and is almost straight pop music (if not for a few nice 80s pop-rock references). This is an album that takes a lot of influence from Michael Jackson and other 80s stars. Yet it utilises some incredible modern techniques used in dance tracks. The 80s pop-rock influences are evident on songs such as Allie (a fun little tale about a girl Stump wished had “taught him naughty things”).
What makes this album easily the most heart-breaking of the list though, is that it was made with blood, sweat, tears and all of Stump’s energy…and it didn’t even make enough money to be considered an average seller. It was a commercial flop, despite critical acclaim. Stump played every single instrument, wrote every single lyric…he even produced the album. And it got very little airplay. I could cry.
I ranked Soul Punk as my second best album of 2011, beaten only by the top entry on this list (which I consider to be the greatest album I’ve ever heard). With a lead single as pretty and catchy as This City, it should have been an instant hit. I mean, it’s the lead singer of Fall Out Boy making damn good dance music…on the single release of This City we even got some sick rapping from Lupe Fiasco as well. How this failed is a true mystery.
October 18, 2011 by David Menconi
SPIN Rating: 6 of 10
Fall Out Boy singer-guitarist Patrick Stump isn’t punking soul on his solo debut, but he is apparently inspired by a desire to be Prince (who isn’t?), and he holds little back in exorcising his inner royal badness. Soul Punk is a more-than-competent side trip, with Stump writing, playing, and singing everything himself on nine homages to the funkier side of the ’80s. It’s fun, especially the Michael Jackson cops on “Dance Miserable.” But with the Time’s catalog readily available, this doesn’t exactly fill a void.
Reviewed by: Gerard Way Jr, on january 05, 2012
Overall rating: 8
Released: Oct 18, 2011
Genre: Electropop, Synthrock, Dance-Punk, R&B, Funk, Power Pop
Number Of Tracks: 11
"Soul Punk" is fierce and fun, but with nuance. It is angry and bitter, but without taking itself too seriously. The new Patrick Stump is sleek, angry, and more than willing to kick some a-s.
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By Becky Bain at 3:44 PM on Thu Nov 3 2011
#8. Patrick Stump, Soul Punk
There’s something quite literally out of the box about the classy/geeky cover of Stump’s debut solo LP, with the singer-songwriter trapped in cubes as he stands before his home city of Chicago. The neatest part of all, though, is that he’s really holding onto those cube outlines in real life!
Posted by Ricky on DECEMBER 29, 2011
Patrick Stump — Soul Punk
While The-Dream was busy trying his darnedest to emulate Prince for the millionth time with his 1977 project, Patrick Stump actually succeeded in putting out some of the most Princesque material of 2011 with his Soul Punk album. “Allie,” the Princest of all the tracks, has Stump bellowing over an older woman who turned his world upside down. He wasn’t ready for her when he was a boy, but now that he’s a man, he’s more than ready for “naughty things.”
As the title implies, the album boasts a wonderful fusion of R&B/soul music with emo-rock. Patrick’s an outsider by nature, but he aims to serve as a unifier on Soul Punk, as seen on the optimist’s anthem, “Coast (It’s Gonna Get Better).” Anthems, it turns out, are Stump’s forté, as he proves on his ode to his hometown Chicago on “This City.”
By eschewing the likes of RedOne and David Guetta, Stump was unfairly overlooked by many in 2011, but Soul Punk is a treasure trove of sonic gems with much to offer the curious listener.
Key tracks: ”Dance Miserable,” “Allie,” “Explode,” “Run Dry” and “This City.”
By Spin Staff on December 22, 2011 1:30 PM
Here’s a little something to enjoy with your boof boof. SPIN celebrates the girls that run the world, the Girls that run Korea, and one Fall Out Boy running dry. We rolled in pop’s deeps for the year’s best: Hold it against us.
12. Patrick Stump
Skimpy on punk but helium-high on soul, the former Fall Out Boy’s self-written/produced/played reinterpretation of Prince and MJ’s artistic peak is as unrelentingly catchy as it was commercially unsuccessful. Even while contemplating fame and fortune’s pitfalls, Patrick Stump radiates refreshingly unhip, utterly sincere joy. B.W.