With two records under their collective belt, one major release and a mini LP, Fall Out Boy got down to writing their first mainstream album, after gaining momentum from their last one and from record label Fueled By Ramen. Their previous album, Take This To Your Grave, didn’t do as well commercially, so this was their chance to prove that they were capable of making it big. From Under The Cork Tree was released on May 3rd 2005 and was the first album I purchased by them. It’s also the album which has my favourite Fall Out Boy song of all time on, and is probably my favourite album of theirs to date. So if you’re wondering which to purchase, I’d lean towards this work of art.

Our Lawyer Made Us Change The Name Of This Song So We Wouldn’t Get Sued kicks off the album, and continues the list of stupidly long names. The track starts with the sound of flashing cameras, and from the beginning you can tell that their lyrical ability hasn’t gone anywhere since the last album.

Of All The Gin Joints In All The World is the next track, and starts off at speed, with Stump chanting “Woah Oh Woah Oh” several times throughout the track, as well as the intro, which is a catchy part of the song and probably my favourite thing in it.

Dance, Dance follows up and is one of the best tracks on the album. It was released as the second single to this album and reached a very respectable #8, making it their second top 10 hit. The chorus is catchy, the verses change in dynamics, which shows you the capability of the band members.

Sugar, We’re Goin Down is the next track, and is my favourite off the album, and in general. It was the first track I heard by them, and nothing’s been able to replace that. It was the first single from the album and reached #8 in the chart, like their second single. Everything about this song is fantastic.

Nobody Puts Baby In The Corner follows up and I love how this song begins. “Drink down that gin and kerosene” is the first thing that comes out of Stump’s mouth, and it’s pure genius.

I’ve Got A Dark Alley And A Bad Idea That Says You Should Shut Your Mouth (Summer Song) is next, and brings back the silly long names that we’ve, oh so, missed. But it’s just a name, and doesn’t distract the quality of the song. The lyrics are as impressive as ever and Stump’s voice hits that magic range in his higher octaves.

7 Minutes in Heaven (Atavan Halen) starts off with probably one of my favourite intro riffs on the album. Again, the title doesn’t really make a lot of sense, but the chorus makes you forget that all as you sing along like crazy. If that fails to get you singing, the “Da Da Da”s during the middle definitely will.

Sophmore Slump Or Comeback King Of The Year starts off rather slowly, in Stump’s lower range, but he revitalizes the song seconds later when he brings it up a notch. The song features The Academy Is…’s William Beckett.

Champagne For My Real Friends, Real Pain For My Sham Friends is the next song and starts with a great intro from the lead guitar. The chorus and line after it “At least everyone is trying” is my favourite part in the song.

I Slept With Someone In Fall Out Boy And All I Got Was This Stupid Song Written About Me follows up, and continues with one of the longer names on the album. As stupid as the name is, the song is actually really good, with Stump picking up the speed during the choruses and Wentz adding the first screams to the album.

A Little Less Sixteen Candles, A Little More “Touch Me” is the next song, and was the third single from the album. It didn’t do as well as the previous singles, but it’s still a great song.

Get Busy Living Or Get Busy Dying (Do Your Part To Save The Scene And Stop Going To Shows) follows and is one of the only songs which Wentz sings and screams in. It’s a great part of the song when Wentz and Stump join forces to deliver the lines. The song finishes with Wentz speaking the last few lines.

XO is the final song on the album, and is shockingly only two letters long! A complete change from the long names we’re used to from the guys in Fall Out Boy. Just because there are less words, doesn’t mean it’s lessened in quality. It brings a great end to the album.

Overall, From Under The Cork Tree is a definite step up from the previous album, as the songs have variety and the lyrics have also improved. The album did okay in the charts, reaching #12, but deserved higher. This album is my favourite of theirs, that’s why I’d give it a 9/10.

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