American Beauty/American Psycho portrays Fall Out Boy in familiar, yet new light


Hannah Reasor, Staff Writer

Fall Out Boy’s sixth studio album, and second since their hiatus, not only brings up elements from past ‘80s hits and ‘70s TV shows on top of their stylish punk outfit, but revisits some of their older before-hiatus sounds.

American Beauty/American Psycho is a collection of small pieces peeled off from each genre of music there is and patched together to make an Andy Warhol type artwork.

That artwork is evident on the first track, “Irresistible,” which is just as much pop-punk as it is hip-hop and horn blasts. Filled with excitable energy, the band clearly hasn’t lost their touch as they open the album with scratching guitars and a heavy bass drum that leads the vocals into each new word.

The third track on the album, which also is the first single, “Centuries”, starts off with the ‘80s classic, “Tom’s Diner” by Suzanne Vega. Following the retro opening, a deliberate piano line with lead singer, Patrick Stump’s triumphant vocals help create the victorious style of the song.

During the pre-chorus of track 5, “Uma Thurman,” a part from the theme song from hit ‘70s TV show, The Munsters, is played by guitarist, Joe Trohman which brings back the past elements into the new album. The song ends with guitar feedback which eases its way into the next track, “Jet Pack Blues.”

Fall Out Boy portrays themselves as a band with far greater passion than what’s just on the surface. “Novocaine” really brings out that message with truthful lyrics supposedly based from the dealings in Ferguson that are driven by the authoritative bassline.

The title track of the album comes across as a repetitive, anger-driven song that is retrospective of their first two albums. But what keeps that tune grounded is the fourth track on the album, “The Kids Aren’t Alright,” which provides a clear, light melody with purposeful lyrics that bring back what the band stands for in fighting for the underdog.

The lyrics on this album, primarily written by bassist, Pete Wentz, provide what their target audience really needs in this time of their lives. Using not only the dealings in the world but imagination from his heart, the lyrics reveal an outlet for those who desire it. The lyrics are half of what the band is known for, the other half of course being the music.

Fall Out Boy has truly outdone themselves this time, having released music within less than two years and already releasing tour dates. Expect big things to come… If it can get bigger than this.