Fall Out Boy - Centuries

29 July Critic Jonni 0 Comments


Centuries - Fall Out Boy |

Was totally struggling to think of a music video to review today, and then this came up on my iTunes and the sample of Suzanne Vega's "Tom's Diner" totally made me decide to review this music video. Today was the first time I saw this visual and it is in-depth and totally addicting, but there's just something missing - it doesn't have the wow-factor. Watch Fall Out Boy enter an amphitheatre like the Colosseum and go up against a gladiator and initially lose before fighting back in this music video for "Centuries".

Fall Out Boy are a four-piece band consisting of Patrick Stump, Joe Trohman, Pete Wentz, and Andy Hurley. They have been going for many years, and have had a number of international hits, back when rock music was on top in mainstream; however, it's rare for rock music to impact the charts nowadays; but, Fall Out Boy is one of those bands that many still listen to and so they still manage to get some high chart numbers. This one, for instance, hit number 22 in the UK and number 10 on the US Billboard Hot 100. It was an international success and continues to prove that Fall Out Boy can still get those chart numbers. As previously mentioned the song samples Suzanne Vega's song "Tom's Diner" with the lyrics sung by singer-songwriter Lolo for this track; the band wanted to 're-inject' the song into popular culture; it was previously a hit through a remix and Britney Spears also covered it with a release by Giorgio Moroder. "Centuries" was written by Michael Fonseca, Raja Kumari, Jonathan Rotem, Justin Tranter, Andy Hurley, Patrick Stump, Joe Trohman, Suzanne Vega, and Pete Wentz.

Directed by Syndrome, this music video has a gladiator-style concept that is completely fitting to the song. The four guys from Fall Out Boy are captured and put into an amphitheatre (which I thought were all called colosseums, but it turns out there's only one Colosseum).

We watch as each of the band members go up against this gladiator, who they have no chance against. But, after they have fallen they collectively come together to create a weapon. The materials come from a hooded man who gave Fall Out Boy a piece of the weapon each, during the opening scene.

This would naturally be the end, but in a true cliff-hanger style, in comes Rick Ross as the next gladiator the guys have to defeat.

It's a great concept and it keeps things interesting throughout; however, there's something majorly missing. I feel that too much time is given to profile scenes of the hosts of the gladiator fight and the cloaked man; rather than keeping the audience interested in what is happening in the arena; and, even though we don't miss much from the battle itself, it just takes the experience away from us.
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