After forming in 2001, and making a mini album in 2002, Fall Out Boy finally got signed to record label Fueled By Ramen in 2003 and, apart from a little shuffle around in personelle, things were moving swiftly for their first major label release later on in the year. Take This To Your Grave was released on May 6th 2003 and it was the second album I purchased by this band, as at this time they weren’t known in the UK until their second major album release, but this album had a good sound and was definitely a good buy for my collection.

“Tell That Mick He Just Made My List Of Things To Do Today” is the first track, and shows you that even at an early stage of their career, Fall Out Boy still use ridiculously long and unrelated song names. This song is a promising start to the album, as Stump’s vocals kick the party off, immediately showing his range in the higher octaves.

Dead On Arrival is next, and a funky intro sets you up for one of the better tracks on the album, with the chorus being my favourite. The harmonies from the backing vocals are brilliant and Fall Out Boy’s lyric-writing skills are clearly right there from the beginning.

Grand Theft Autumn/Where Is Your Boy follows and is one of my favourite tracks from the album. The melody’s strong and catchy and the song definitely has you singing along right from the Stumps acapella vocals on the first line.

Saturday is next, and is also one of my favourites off the album, with a catchy vocal performance from all of the band, and brilliant song arrangement, it’s definitely a stand-out track for anyone.

Homesick At Space Camp starts off fast-paced and exciting with Stump’s vocals joining in right away. The chorus is brilliant, as usual, plenty of harmonies and hooks to keep you listening for days.

Sending Postcards From A Plane Crash (Wish You Were Here) is next, and another long, unrelated name from the Fall Out Boy crew. Don’t let it distract you, as this song is just as catchy as ever.

Chicago Is So Two Years Ago follows and this is one of my favourites from the album, Stump’s voice really stands out with the backing vocals accompanying his so brilliantly.

The Pros And Cons Of Breathing is next, and really comes to life more towards the ends, as Pete Wentz’s screams begin to repeat what Stump sings. It’s the first time we’ve heard them on the album.

Grenade Jumper follows with a similar sound to some of the previous songs. Also with catchy choruses and great vocals, the song is good, but it seems to be the same as a few songs.

Calm Before The Storm is next, and also a great track. Another favourite from the album, the tempo is fast and gets you singing along. As per usual, I prefer the chorus and we hear Wentz’s screams for the second time, mixing in well with the vocals.

Reinventing The Wheel To Run Myself Over is next, continuing the ridiculously long name pattern Fall Out Boy seem to be obsessed with. “Can’t do it by myself” is repeated a few times, and when holding on notes for ‘self’ you can’t help but join in.

The Patron Saint Of Liars And Fakes is the final song on the album, finishing it off with a nice non-related name again. The song though is quite good, a satisfactory end to the album with Stump showing us one more time how well he can sing.

Overall, Take This To Your Grave is a great foot in the door of the music industry, with good, catchy choruses and plenty of brilliant lyrics, they can only grow and mature from here. I’d rate this album as 7/10.