We’ve had Pete Wentz of Fallout Boy’s project, and now it’s the fantastic Patrick Stump’s turn. When he announced his album would be titled Soul Punk, my excitement levels raised ten-fold, as his voice is perfect for that particular blend of styles. Of the 2 tracks here, only 1 will make the album: both are titled Spotlight, but Stump needs help choosing one.
The first (subtitled Oh Nostalgia) is initally driven solely by piano and distorted percussion, but upscales significantly for the hook and really blossoms in the last third with a grand, rousing feel. The second, New Regrets, has a high-tempo percussion line and synthesised melodies that give the track a more pop vibe, and is hence more distanced from the Fallout Boy style than Oh Nostalgia. Both are very motivational and have great vocals, but I’m leaning more toward Oh Nostalgia, as the slower production projects Stump’s huge, captivating vocals more effectively. However, while both will sit really well with a mainstream audience, New Regrets has the edge in that respect. Download both to decide for yourself.