Release Date: October 18, 2011
Record Label: Island
The debut solo album from Patrick Stump is titled Soul Punk. While the entire project is completely written, performed and produced by Stump (with the exception of a guest appearance by Lupe Fiasco), it’s never quite clear that Stump’s voice is ever truly represented on this album. Intentional or not, it’s buried in a slick emulation of artists like Prince, Michael Jackson, Maroon 5, Usher or dare I say, Justin Timberlake.
The issues on this album are not reflective of Stump’s performance; he’s a skilled vocalist. However the song-writing and production are lacking. There simply isn’t any stand-out material. The heavily Prince influenced song “Everybody Wants Somebody”, is probably the most compelling track on the album, but even that gets repetitive and predictable as it wears on.
I respect Stump’s decision to take a risk with Soul Punk to try something different, and also his ambition to write all the music, play all the instruments, and produce the album himself, but not all risks pay off.
- “This City”
- “Dance Miserable”
- “Spotlight (New Regrets)”
- “The I In Lie”
- “Run Dry (X heart X fingers)”
- “Everybody Wants Somebody”
- “Coast (It´s Gonna Get Better)”
- “This City” (Feat. Lupe Fiasco)