Album Review: American Beauty/American Psycho

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Over ten years after forming, your average person can name about five hits from Fall Out Boy’s catalog. Now that’s incredible considering their roots as a pop punk band. However, it’s their progression that’s incredible. Even if you hate them you have to admit it’s impressive. Not saying you have to change your sound to stay popular but when FOB did it, goddamn, did they evolve. From pop punk/alternative to pop rock to straight up pop, they have a song for everyone. This leads us to their newest album, American Beauty/American Psycho (I absolutely love this title and artwork. Like every one of their albums, it’s very memorable.), a follow up to 2013’s Save Rock & Roll. Does Fall Out Boy manage to knock it out of the park once again? Let’s dive right in!

 

Irresistible: 

One thing FOB always does right is make a killer opener and Irresistible is no exception. Starting off with epic trumpets and a bass drum, Patrick delivers an aggressive verse with very relatable lyrics. Lines like “You look so Seattle but you feel so LA” and “You’re second hand smoke. I breathe you in but honey, I don’t know what you’re doing to me” hit you hard. Another thing to notice is Joe’s guitar playing isn’t taking a back seat. While SR&R was great, I did miss Joe’s riffs. However, it’s the beautiful chorus that steals the show on this song. Most of the time people stop listening to bands because they simply can’t relate to them anymore but then there’s Pete Wentz. This man is still writing songs that you can relate to and pulling it off effortlessly. Once you hear “I love the way you hurt me, baby” then it’s game over, it’ll be stuck in your head for days. Everyone at some point in their life have felt this way about someone.

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American Beauty/American Psycho

Now the title track has been getting mix reviews lately and I get it. You either love this song or hate it. It gets up in your face with a jam of a chorus. Lyrically, it’s a little meh but has just enough in it to keep you hooked. Everything else is beautiful. People say there were too many cooks in the kitchen music wise but that’s best part. Patrick puts so much wackiness in the song and manages to make it flow. You can tell he enjoyed recording this one. Shout out to Joe for the awesome solo in the bridge.

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Centuries 

How do you top a lead single like My Songs? Create an even better lead single in the form of Centuries. It contains a sample from Susanne Vega’s Tom’s Diner which you can hear below.

This is the ultimate Fall Out Boy anthem, letting you know you can make it no matter how weird you are. Once the du du dus come in, you’ll find yourself singing along to the huge chorus (Patrick has never sounded so epic). There’s a reason why it’s the theme to college basketball.

Repeat, Play, or Skip: Play. I would say repeat but we’ve all heard this song a billion times already.

 

The Kids Aren’t Alright

This one surprised me. A mid tempo anthem for all the sad kids out there. It showcases the wonderful range of Patrick’s voice. The whistles and well placed pianos are a welcomed addition to the song.

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Uma Thurman

This is just so…damn..good! Definitely one of their best songs ever written. It contains a sick simple in the form of  The Munsters theme.

Now apply to that theme to Joe’s guitar and you have magic. Also the line “She wants to dance like Uma Thurman” might just be my favorite lyric this year so far. The lyrics and especially that line really paint a picture for you.

Repeat, Play, or Skip: Repeat till you’re dancing like Uma Thurman.

 

Jet Pack Blues

The optimistic Uma Thurman leads into Jet Pack Blues as the tone gets darker. About a broken relationship, lines like “She’s singing “Baby come home” in a melody of tears while the rhythm of rain keeps time” will echo through your mind. It also contains a short but sweet blues solo from Joe.

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Novocaine 

To be honest, there’s not much to say about this one. It’s not bad, it’s just boring. They cut it from Save Rock & Roll twice and they should have cut it from this one too.

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Fourth Of July 

Now this is a beautiful. Containing the catchiest chorus on the album, Fourth Of July shows the joys and woes of summer. “You and I were fireworks that went off too soon” just shows that Pete’s lyric game is still strong. With sweet palm muting and awesome drums compliments of Andy, this song will have you screaming fireworks at the top of your lungs.

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Favorite Record

This song is as close to classic Fall Out Boy that we’ll ever get. It would fit perfectly in Infinity On High or Folie a Deux. Guitar wise, this is the best song on the album. Insanely catchy leading to Patrick confessing “You were the song stuck in my head.” Gotta love him showing off his voice towards the end.

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Immortals 

This is an interesting love song. The sound is that of arena rock with Patrick promising that we could be Immortals. I absolutely adore him singing “Immooooooo-Immortals.” The flutes were a great choice on their part.

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Twin Skeletons (Hotel In NYC) 

For some reason, I get Panic! At The Disco vibes on this one. That is until the guitar kicks in. I don’t know how to feel about this one. I like it more than Novocaine but I still don’t know. So I’ll give it a play and let you all decide for yourself.

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Is it a Fall Out Boy record? It sure is but however, it’s not as cohesive as their past albums. I don’t think it’s meant to always be played in full but like most pop albums, it’s not a bad thing. Besides one dud, all the songs are perfectly crafted to hook our ears and make us feel. A welcomed addition to Fall Out Boy’s discography.

American Beauty/American Psycho gets an 8 out of 10.