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Fall Out Boy – Folie à deux

With their success and fan base growing with every year, Fall Out Boy’s fifth studio album was being eagerly awaited by hundreds of thousands across the globe. You never know what sound they’ll come out with, as they’ve matured and improved over the years and with the follow up success of Infinity On High, i’m sure the boys were feeling confident of their abilities in the mainstream. The album was released on December 14th here, and I was eager to see what I’d think of the album. My first impressions, I’m not going to lie, were a little disappointed. I think that’s only because I had loved the previous albums so much, that this felt like a step back. As you listen to it more, you appreciate it’s maturity and charm.

Disloyal Order Of Water Buffaloes is first and straight away you can notice the difference in albums. It’s a different kind of rock, more actual rock than alternative. The lyrics are also genius, as usual.

I Don’t Care was the first single and peaked in the charts at #33. Rather unimpressive in comparison to previous songs, it just shows you how the industry has changed in the last year or so. The song has different styles throughout and it’s definitely a better choice for a first single than on the previous album.

She’s My Winona is the next song and was the fifth and final single from the album. The “oh”s at the beginning are really energetic and the harmonies in the chorus work really well.

America’s Suitehearts follows and is one of my favourites off the album. As the fourth single, it had a lot to live up to, as the singles previously haven’t taken off so well. Unfortunately, nor did this at it charted at a  low #76. The song itself isn’t the usual anthem we’re used to from a Fall Out Boy hit, but it definitely sticks in your head, and that’s what is important.

Headfirst Slide Into Coopestown On A Bad Bet is next, and is the only real long, stupid name. This song never really grabs your attention as much, I like the way it changes in dynamics, but that’s about it that I feel is worth mentioning. It was released as the second single.

The (Shipped) Gold Standard follows and is definitely one of the better songs on the album. Stump brings in his falsetto during the chorus which is always a joy to listen to. The bridge mixes up the tempo and style of the song, and I really love how they’ve done that.

(Coffee’s For Closers) is next and has a great drum and strings intro. The song doesn’t really get started until the chorus, where it explodes into life and reminds you of the “old” Fall Out Boy-type choruses that we used to know and love.

What A Catch, Donnie follows and is a great song. Towards the end as Stump sings the chorus, in the background, various members of bands on the Fueled By Ramon record label sing previous choruses of Fall Out Boy songs previously released. It’s a brilliant idea and it works really well.

27 is next and brings a nice up-tempo feel to it. “I want it so bad I’d shoot the sunshine into my veins” is an example of the lyrics which are a little drug-related throughout the song, but still shows you that they’ve still got the lyrical presence in them.

Tiffany Blews follows and I enjoy the “oh”s that stump does yet again. This song has a slight bluesy feel to it which I enjoy. I prefer the second part of the chorus to the first as it has that extra dimension that the first part lacks.

w.a.m.s. is next and another track filled with brilliant lyrics and a killer chorus, I love the sound to it. At the end of the song, there’s a little rhythm and blues/jazz feel as Stump has an acapella jam with claps and foot stomps.

20 Dollar Nose Bleed follows and Fall Out Boy have definitely left some of the better songs to the end, as you get a brassy ska feel to the song, with Stump’s vocals sounding very gospel-like with the backing singers joining in to the feel of it. That’s a good thing by the way.

West Coast Smoker is the final song on the album. I love the part where they sing about the father, son and holy ghost. Stump’s ending the album in style reminding us not to forget about his brilliant vocals.

Overall, Folie à deux is an okay album. And I think i’m being generous with it. After listening to it a few more times, I don’t dislike it as much as did, but it hasn’t improved significantly for me to love it. There are a few good songs, but I just feel it’s a step backwards from their two previous albums. As the album ended in style, I’m giving it an 6/10.


Fall Out Boy – Infinity On High

Following the success of their previous album From Under The Cork Tree, Fall Out Boy had the tough task of producing a new album that was up to the standards of the last one. With the release of Infinity On High on February 5th 2007, we all rushed out to get our copy to see what Fall Out Boy did next. Upon hearing the first single, many fans were put off as it felt like a different band, and with a rapper also featuring in one of the tracks, questions were raised as if they’d become “sell-outs”. Many people’s opinions differ, so you’ll have to make your own mind up about this, but i’m not sure that they did sell out, just went in a different direction to show a new side to them.

Thriller is the first track and features rapper Jay-Z in the intro. The guitar intro behind his voice is good and the riffs into the vocals are really rock-y, with the double-bass pedal of the drums an unexpected welcome. The chorus is really catchy and one of my favourites on the album.

“The Take Over, The Breaks Over” is next and features Ryan Ross formally of Panic At The Disco and Chad Gilbert of New Found Glory, both doing guitar solos. This song is really great, with Stump’s vocals working well with the drumming and guitars in the background. Plus, the clapping in the song works well too and that’s why it reached #48 on the singles chart, as their third single.

This Ain’t A Scene, It’s An Arms Race was the first single choice from the album, and soared into #2 on the singles chart. I much prefer the bridge to the chorus, as the “This Ain’t A Scene….” doesn’t really work for me. The “I’m a leading man…” however, I thoroughly enjoy.

I’m Like A Lawyer With The Way I’m Always Trying To Get You Off (Me & You) is next, and you didn’t really think we’d escape another long name, did you? It peaked at #91 on the singles chart, as it was the 4th single, it didn’t surprise me that it didn’t chart well. It’s a good song though, don’t get me wrong.

Hum Hallelujah follows and builds up from just drums to bass and rhythm guitar, then letting Stump enter with his magnificent voice. The chorus is the best part, as you sing along with the “Hum hallelujah”s. “I sing the blues and swallow them too.” is a great line in the song.

Golden is next, and is a rather unique song. It’s a piano ballad, which we’ve yet to experience from Fall Out Boy. And it’s a risk that pays off as the ballad is tender and subtle. The harmonies are particularly brilliant.

Thnks Fr Th Mmrs follows, and was the second single. It’s a fast, catchy song that we’re used to hearing from Fall Out Boy, a nice change in tempo from the ballad before. It reached a respectable #12 on the singles chart.

Don’t You Know Who I Think I Am? is next and brings you a bit more clapping for your appetite. “We walk the plank on a sinking ship” is just an example of one of Fall Out Boys genial lyrics from the album.

The (After) Life Of The Party follows and probably has my favourite song title of the album, I just think it’s really clever. The chorus is packed with plenty of belting notes that are held onto by Stump to make this track very memorable.

The Carpal Tunnel Of Love is next, and brings a slightly heavier side to Fall Out Boy, with screams from Wentz to take over a verse towards the end of the song. Stump picks it up at the end to deliver a melody back into your ears before you start getting carried away with your head banging!

Bang The Doldrums follows and has a guitar melody that’ll get stuck in your head for hours. “I couldn’t bring myself to call, except to call it quits” is an example why Fall Out Boy are brilliant lyricists.

Fame < Infamy is next, and brings the speed up as you get caught up in the guitar intros. The chorus, although not perfectly melodic, it’s still really good because the pace and sound of the song fit perfectly together.

You’re Crashing, But You’re No Wave follows and also has a great song name. The chorus is definitely a highlight, as Stump’s vocals really are a pleasure to listen to. He really deserves more credit than he gets.

I’ve Got All This Ringing In My Ears And None On My Fingers is next, and was the final track on the album, aside from bonus tracks. I love this song, it has a way of making me feel like dancing. My favourite lyric here has to be “You’re a canary, i’m a coal mine”.

G.I.N.A.S.F.S. is the final track, a bonus one. It’s a shame that some people didn’t get this song as it’s a really catchy one. The chorus is great and Stump rounds off a brilliant performance by him, and his band of course. At the end, it has a computer generated voice saying “Now press repeat.”

Overall, Infinity On High is a great follow up to their previous album, although doesn’t quite beat it. It doesn’t surprise me that this album did better though, as they reached out to new listeners as well as enticing the previous ones back for a new sound. The album reached #3 on the chart and it’d definitely be worth 8/10.

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.

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.