Rocking a new release: Reviewing Fall Out Boy's new album
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Fall Out Boy released their sixth album “American Beauty/American Psycho” on Jan. 16, cleverly named after a classic Grateful Dead album and a Bret Easton Ellis novel. Their album debuted at number 1 on the US Billboard 200 with over 204,000 copies sold within the first week of sales making American Beauty/American Psycho their third No.1 album.
Coming back two years after their last album, “Save Rock and Roll,” Patrick Stump, lead singer of Fall Out Boy, continues to bring the beauty of rock back to pop radio. According to Entertainment Life from The State Journal, the new album is “one that, while still keeping together the raw rock sound, has polished itself to be able to stand in today’s modern world and even in years to come.”
The album is filled with their classic “Old Fall Out Boy” sound with the vocals of Patrick Stumps and Pete Wentz’ lyrics.
“The album has elements from older music, and also continuing their identity’s growth by adding unique and unexpected elements to their songs,” said first-year Megan Kent, a long-time fan.
The group makes this transition with the use of synth and added bass to give their songs more of an anthem like feel. It embraces their original rock style and yet brings in new modern recording techniques such as borrowing pieces from a variety of different artists. Their title song, American Beauty/American Psycho, samples Motley Crue’s “Too fast for love,” as a tribute to the bands drummer Tommy Lee.
In an interview by “Fairviewpost” with Fall Out Boy’s back up vocalist and lyricist Pete Wentz, he says “We’ve been friends with Tommy for a long time. He’ll come out to Fall Out Boy shows and Motley Crue was a band that I was into at that time.”
Both the singles “Centuries” and “Immortals” were released prior to the 2015 release of American Beauty/American Psycho. Their single “Centuries,” released Sept. 9, was a huge success as it was used as a sports anthem in various commercials and highlight reels for football games. This powerful song rose to the top of the charts as a Platinum Top 10 hit, and it just added to the “Fall Out Boy” hype making fans anxious for the rest of the album to come out.
“Immortals” came out on Oct. 14 and was featured in the new Disney Pixar movie “Big Hero 6.” Setting the stage for the rest of the album, Fall Out Boy did not let their fans down with impressive vocals and unforgettable melodies. In their song “Centuries,” Stump vows “I can’t stop till the whole world knows my name.” If the band continues on this making music like this, it won’t be long until they achieve that goal.