Fall Out Boy released their latest album American Beauty/American Psycho and the in your face energetic record landed itself atop the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart this week. It follows up 2013's Save Rock and Roll, their first album in six years. Both of their latest records debuted at No. 1 and have spawned some catchy radio tunes like the lead single "Centuries" from AB/AP.
Opening with "Irresistible," Fall Out Boy get right to it with their evolved sound that has managed to survive the pop-rock era of the 2000s. Carrying the album from beginning to the end of the 11-track, Patrick Stump's vocal intensity delivers punch after punch. The title track comes early on the set and twists fun pop melodies with a stomping beat ready for radio to eat up.
There's some continuity to the record changing directions with the hitting mid-tempo "The Kids Aren't Alright." It's about as slow as Fall Out Boy is going to get singing about mishandled youth yet would do it all over again, "I'll be yours/ When it rains it pours/ Stay thirsty like before/ Don't you know that the kids aren't al-, kids aren't alright?"
In the US, FOB will release their follow-up single to "Centuries." "Uma Thurman" was heard by the one and only and acknowledged the use of her name in the "Munsters" sampled track about women who don't fit the typical mold. "We wanted to make something that was a throwback instead futuristic," bassist Pete Wentz said of making the album.
The band has grown since their beginnings on the mainstream scene. American Beauty/American Psycho proves that Save Rock and Roll wasn't a fluke album for the band merely getting lucky to make an impact but a reinforcement that the band has what it takes to grow and maintain their foundation as heard in tracks like "Jet Pack Blues" and the pop sensibility of "Favorite Record."
The pop influence runs through "Fourth of July," a song that could easily serve as a favourite anthem at a show on the road. By the time "Immortals" comes, the second to last track, the guys put together a cohesive album that deserves to be listened to from start to finish in the order it was released.
Fall Out Boy's latest record debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 with 218,000 equivalents but 192,000 pure albums sold.