Having a great first EP is about as hard as having a great first season of a TV show. Sure, your ideas are raw and your voice and beats are new to everyone, but how are you going to get a nation of people to worship you? And when the production and instrumental work isn't there how are you going to even get close to releasing an EP that will get you signed by a good record company? Well, what you do is release an all-acoustic emotion filled EP, like Fall Out Boy did with "My Heart Will Always Be The B-side Of My Tongue". I have to admit the new Fall Out Boy [From Under The Cork Tree] lacks the element that this EP definitely has. The raw emotion was every song sounds like an acoustic jam session is present on this CD unlike on any other Fall Out Boy CD. Me being a long time fan of this band I have to say that this is there best overall CD that they have released.
"My Heart Is The Worst Kind Of Weapon", is the best song Fall Out Boy has released. The acoustic beat changes pace throughout the song, going higher and lower depending on rather it is the surrounding line or the chorus. The beat basically goes higher in the chorus and a little bit lower which makes the lyrics flow at a shotgun quick pace. The catchiest ness of this song of this song is incredible and the chorus is one of the best Fall Out Boy have written. But overall with a very good beat, lighting quick surrounding lines, and a great chorus this has to be one of Fall Out Boy's best songs. 5/5
"It's Not A Side Effect Of Cocaine, I Am Thinking It Must Be Love", keeps the same principal of beat as the opening track but with a little bit faster in the chorus and a little bit slower in the surrounding lines. But along with having the best song title in Fall Out Boy history, it has a really good instrumental pre-chorus that leads into the chorus perfectly. The chorus gets faster towards the end, as do the lyrics. This is a very good song. 4.5/5
"Nobody Puts Baby In The Corner", the acoustic version is the version that should have appeared on "From Under The Cork Tree". On this version the song has a high pitched acoustic beat that never really changes throughout the song which makes the song sound perfect, it also makes the singer vocals match the tone. While on "From Under The Cork Tree", the drums are played to high and you can't even hear the singer’s vocals. The surrounding lines in this song are great and the chorus is just perfectly executed, it is also the first song on the album with a real good breakdown and it actually has background vocals, which again make the acoustic version, stand out over the album version. 4.7/5
"Love Will Tear Us Apart", shows us the talent Fall Out Boy has as the lead singer has to completely change his voice for "Love Will Tear Us Apart". The song features the singer hitting high notes, and singing in deep voice in the surrounding lines. The beat is great as it is quiet in the surrounding lines and there is an explosion towards the chorus. The chorus is one of the few moments of this acoustic EP that I say you could rock out to. Overall, this shows the talent Fall Out Boy has as they took on a tough beat and the singer faced a hard challenge for his voice and they still persevered. 4.4/5
"Grand Theft Autumn", is a Fall Out Boy classic and I thought that nothing could be better than the version on "Take This To Your Grave". But how about a version that has a dirty acoustic folk beat at the begging that sort of slows down into a soft song that changes beat from pre-chorus to chorus. The acoustic version of this song is unbelievable good and is a lot more memorable than the album version [even though that version is still good]. Even though the singers voice is a little bit messed up in the begging of the song it sounds a lot more like the album version at the end of the song. I never thought this would be a great closing song on "My Heart Will Be Always Be The B-side Of My Tongue", it seems just like a good ending we would want to an album. 5/5
Overall, Fall Out Boy couldn't have done a better job of putting together an acoustic EP. But like the first season of a TV show it needs a few tweaks in production and voice to be considered a classic EP. Maybe two or three more songs, a few more jam sessions, and a little bit more of emotion from the lead singer would have made this a classic. But for an opening EP from a pop-punk band I really haven't listened to any better.
Some of Fall Out Boy's best songs and B-sides
The changing beat makes the album songs; sound better than the album versions
Not enough emotion in some parts of these songs
Can sound a bit rough
Download: My Heart Is The Worst Kind Of Weapon; Love Will Tear Us Apart, Grand Theft Autumn.