The band that many 90’s kids channeled their early teenage angst through has come back, and like many of us, the band changed in their Hot Topic skinny jeans for cooler, trendy Urban Outfitter jeans. I can only compare it to seeing a friend/relative after they’ve grown up and come back from college. Sure they’ve grown a couple feet, grown an interest in collecting vinyls and collect aura cleansing crystals, but they still look like the person you knew.
2015 is also important because it marks the 10th anniversary of the album that put them on the map, “From Under the Cork Tree.” Their new album “American Beauty/American Psycho” does not ditch the vibe and style of music the pop-punk rock style they originally built from, they’ve simply just decided to make a pop album. By all definitions of the word, this album definitely gears towards the pop scene. Repetitive rhythms influenced by more electronic sounds and building on their fair share of samples. “Uma Therman,” “Centuries” and the title track “American Beauty/American Psycho,“ all contain samples, yet these are some of the best tracks on the albums.
In the end, Fall Out Boy has grown and their style has grown with them. They’ve created a pop album, it is what it is. Many artists have changed their style throughout the years, and this group of musicians are no different. It has catchy hooks and great beats that will have you singing along by the second or third listen.
Favorite Tracks: Irresistable, American Beauty/American Psycho, Uma Therman, Fourth of July, Immortals
Least Favorite Tracks: The Kids Aren’t Alright, Novacaine, Favorite Record
By Yalda Etemadi