Fall Out Boy
Take This to Your Grave


3.0
good

Review

by Ian USER (108 Reviews)
February 12th, 2006 | 249 replies | 33,150 views


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist


8 of 12 thought this review was well written

I always find it interesting to go back and listen to an old record of a currently famous band before they were popular. Fall Out Boy is a pop-punk band that has met with immense success within the last year of their musical career. However, they weren’t always so “in". They made themselves known after making an EP titled, “Fall Out Boy’s Evening Out With Your Girlfriend", and using the inter-web to gain a large fan-base. Well, they eventually signed to small time label, Fueled By Ramen. They had a single for the record, “Take This To Your Grave" in the song Saturday, grew popular, and signed to major label, Island Records.

Hey, you know what? They are even kinda cute.

So, we all know now that with their new album, “From Under The Cork Tree", each song is catchy, and somewhat lyrically silly, but is it the same here, with “Take This To Your Grave"? Yes, and no. First of all, it should be made known that on this album, frontman Patrick Stump (vocals, guitar) was the one who wrote the lyrics for this album, and it was Pete Wentz (bass, backup vocals) who wrote the lyrics for “From Under The Cork Tree". So while the silliness is somewhat there, it’s just coming from a different direction, or view. As for being catchy, it’s nowhere near the same as the later album, but feels more personal.

There are hooks here, and there, but it doesn’t seem to be as necessary. I think with this that Fall Out Boy were going with the flow, and seemed more relaxed in their musical, and lyrical writing. Since Patrick doesn’t focus on being catchy as much here, his voice is slightly different. It’s more relatable to Motion City Soundtracks singer, but Patrick still keeps it his own vocal style. The music isn’t technical; in fact, it’s extremely simple, but does fit with the singing more. Everything is rather tight, the drums, and bass work well together, more overtly noticeable on the songs Two Years Ago, and The Pros and Cons of Breathing. The guitar playing is somewhat disappointing, there are two guitarists, so that means there should be some interesting leads played, at the very least, but there aren’t any, at all. That is really the only thing that could be said in a negative tone towards the album.

Songs such as Grand Theft Autum/Where is Your Boy, Saturday, and Grenade Jumper are all very enjoyable, and help the album move along smoothly. The production is okay, and isn’t touched on too much, which is what helps the somewhat raw feeling surface. This is a good album, and if you own the bands later work, “From Under The Cork Tree", then I suggest you also try this out, and see how they have changed, and developed, while still being themselves. True, this is in no way original, but feels somewhat personal, making it easier to enjoy.

Kripes’ gives Fall Out Boy’s “Take This To Your Grave" a conditional recommendation.



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Thor
February 12th 2006



10176 Comments


Thanks for this revew. This album certainly isn't a classic.

pulseczar
February 12th 2006



2385 Comments


Hey, you know what? They are even kinda cute.


... Holland 1945... rip off...

Storm In A Teacup
February 12th 2006



12687 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

[quote=Galapogos]... Holland 1945... rip off...[/quote]
Or an homage.
[quote=Thor]Thanks for this revew. This album certainly isn't a classic.[/quote]
Hehehe, yeah.

Apathy
February 12th 2006



645 Comments


Well done, Kripes. I hate this band though.

pulseczar
February 12th 2006



2385 Comments


Or an homage.


Nah. Rip off.

Storm In A Teacup
February 12th 2006



12687 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I'll get rid of it if Nick wants me to do so.

Hatshepsut
February 12th 2006



1997 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I say rip-off. But good review nonetheless, as usual. I also hate this band, but I haven't really heard this, only a few songs. Got it for my friend's birthday though.

masada
February 12th 2006



2733 Comments


I'm going to see if I can get this burned.

Hatshepsut
February 12th 2006



1997 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

[quote=SonicDude]incredibly overated, overplayed and overated like panic! at the disco, i don't think panic! is bad but FOB is dreadful[/quote]
I don't get it.

Storm In A Teacup
February 12th 2006



12687 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I guess he means they are average.

hollywoodending
February 12th 2006



5 Comments


im pretty sure Pete has always written all the lyrics.. Stump writes the melody and music and Wentz handles the words.This Message Edited On 02.13.06

Pyramidman
February 13th 2006



1340 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Wentz handled the words for this album, but not for Fall Out Boy's Evening out with your girlfriend, then they decided to switch Stump and Wentz's roles

Good review

Storm In A Teacup
February 13th 2006



12687 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

hollywoodending, I bought this after FUtCT cam out, but I owned this, and listened to it first. I know that GTA/WIYB was a single too, but it wasn't neccesary to mention. The number of singles the band had for the album doesn't pertain to the review of the album. I don't know about the lyrics writing, I'll check it out with the FoB fangirl of my school.

hollywoodending
February 13th 2006



5 Comments


sorry I was just ranting.

altrockdude
February 15th 2006



150 Comments


I think this album is sooooooooooooo much better the FUTCT. I think its ok.

ocelot-05
February 15th 2006



807 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Those vocals make me want to throw up.

innerdark
February 15th 2006



749 Comments


i hate FUtCT but this is an album that i actually enjoy, from someone who hated FOB full stop, that's amazing

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
February 16th 2006



15727 Comments


Does anyone get that the initials of From Under The Cork Tree are FUCT?

Anyway a friend of mine has this and is in love with it. I dont like the band, but I've heard this is better than FUCT.

Digging: Joyce Manor - Never Hungover Again

Hatshepsut
February 16th 2006



1997 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Why do you think the 't' isn't capitalized?

st.jimmy69
February 16th 2006



19 Comments


FUCT isn't very good. im not a huge fall out boy fan, but take this to your grave is way better.... but still somewhat hard to listen to.



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