I caught wind of Fall Out Boy’s latest album a little late, which is kind of nuts since I heard about all kinds of other songs that came out roughly the same time, including that song featured in the movie about some dude who skeets 50 shades of grey of which the music video was way more popular than the first music video/single off of American Beauty/American Psycho. In the words of Paul Mooney, “It’s the end of the world. It’s so sad. Kiss this shit good bye.”
AB/AP feels like a continuation of Save Rock and Roll in terms of the way the songs are put together. The production is a very slick with a pop fusion of a variety of different sounds ranging from indie to hip-hop. Having grown up with the first couple FOB albums, it was weird getting used to the less than rock instrumentation, but having listened to Save Rock and Roll on repeat, this album felt like syrupy heroine. Each song is carefully crafted with an onslaught of vocal hook after vocal hook, coupled with a unique instrumental “riff,” be it gang horns or a guitar lick with the after taste of Zen. “Uma Thurman,” for example, starts right off with the chorus hook and that staccato chord comp reminiscent of Little Richard then morphs into a surf rock banger quoting musical themes from “Pulp Fiction.” It’s pure magic.
There’s really nothing else to say. Fall Out Boy puts out music that is unparalleled in the fun department as well as creative genius in the pop/rock world. Oh… and the lyrics. The amount of puns and clever word contortions are worth a blue ribbon at the least. If I ever get to meet Pete Wentz, I’m buying him a beverage of his choice within my price range.
02. American Beauty/American Psycho
04. The Kids Aren’t Alright
05. Uma Thurman
06. Jet Pack Blues
08. Fourth of July
09. Favorite Record
11. Twin Skeleton’s (Hotel in NYC)
Run Time: 39:01
Release Date: January 16, 2015
Check out the track “Uma Thurman” here.