Fall Out Boy
American Beauty/American Psycho


2.5
average

Review

by SweeneyTodd USER (13 Reviews)
March 18th, 2015 | 9 replies


Release Date: 01/20/2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Fall Out Boy delve further into their new crappy-pop sound

Fall Out Boy are one of those bands that you often find have people divided right down the center. You either love them, or you hate them with a passion. It is rare to find someone on the fence about them. Save Rock & Roll was a truly terrible album, pandering to the mainstream pop genre, by throwing away the punk. Nevertheless, the album was a commercial success, Phoenix was blasting out of every scene kids headphones for months on end. For the rest of us, we felt betrayed. Fall Out Boy had fallen out of the rock scene, and landed in the realms of Big Sean. It was almost as if something in the world of pop punk had died...

Then we finally got it, American Beauty / American Psycho. And was it redeeming"
Not really. It's more of the same. This album can be summed up as "Save Rock & Roll with a little more guitar, and a little less guest artists". The structure of the songs are exactly the same as on Save Rock & Roll, basic and boring. Patrick Stump has quite an impressive vocal range, and yet, he never uses this talent. For the majority of the album, his vocals remain high pitched and whiny. Most of the lyrics can be boiled down to "oh oh oh"'s. This is becoming a staple for this genre of pop-rock. However, some bands can use it creatively (Panic! At the Disco), but Fall Out Boy seem to use it purely as filler.

The lyrical content of AB / AP is uninspired. Its like Pete used an online lyric generator. The songs are all, in typical Fall Out Boy fashion, about relationships. Most bands seem to be able to grow out of this teenage slump, but Fall Out Boy seem to be using it over and over. It would be interesting for Fall Out Boy to tackle social corruption, or politics in their music, maybe even create an American Idiot-ish themed album.

The melodies on this album are *yawn* more of the same. However, whereas on Save Rock & Roll the guitars were hardly distinguishable, and basically not there, AB / AP actually has some distinguishable guitar work. This is most prominent on the albums closing track "Twin Skeleton's", arguably the best song on the album. The song is nothing special, it breaks no new grounds, but for Fall Out Boy it was a breathe of fresh air, to hear that familiar punk rock element.

Now, with all this said, there are some good moments. Immortals is horribly generic, but definitely a pearl among the turds. It's catchy, lyrically its nothing new, but it has a melody that you will find stuck in your head for days. Twin Skeleton's (as mentioned before) is probably the albums true highlight. It's easily the most rock orientated song on the record, and doesn't use a conventional song structure. The only drawback is Patrick's ear piercing high notes during the bridge.

Die-Hard Fall Out Boy fans will probably lap this up, but for anyone who misses old-school Fall Out Boy should avoid this should it disappoint them further.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
MattTD
March 18th 2015


678 Comments


It's a decent review, but you need to expand on a few points.
i.e. "The structure of the songs are exactly the same as on Save Rock & Roll, basic and boring" - Do you want to give us an example of this?

"a little more guitar, and a little less guest artists" - Missed a golden opportunity here, just saying

SweeneyTodd
March 18th 2015


1627 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I'm pretty new to this, so I wasn't sure how to elaborate on some of my points.

Oh for Gods sake, I just noticed that, literally hitting myself

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trackbytrackreviews
March 18th 2015


3360 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

kinda whiny

Digging: Pale Waves - All the Things I Never Said

Tunaboy45
March 18th 2015


16125 Comments


Review isn't bad, come across as a bit ranty though.

impoppy
March 18th 2015


2010 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Eh, I'm not a big fan of the review. Reads as "This is bad. Why? Because it's boring. Why is it boring? Because it's bad!"

granitenotebook
March 19th 2015


716 Comments


decent review. I'm seconding what MattTD said - the way to do it is to figure out exactly what it is that bothers you about the structure. it's "basic and boring?" are the choruses too prominent? this is the most common complaint about albums being "too pop." research song structure. you don't have to have some super in-depth understanding of it, just enough to at least look like you have a pretty good idea. [little known fact: very few reviewers have an extremely deep understanding of music - just a lot of experience writing about it.] in particular, please explain why "Fall Out Boy had fallen out of the rock scene, and landed in the realms of Big Sean. It was almost as if something in the world of pop punk had died..." beyond "it's pop, so it's bad".

I really really like your review structure - short, to the point paragraphs are severely underrated, and you have a nice level of seperation/cohesion to your points.




Snake.
March 21st 2015


20682 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

"crappy-pop"

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SweeneyTodd
April 8th 2015


1627 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Thankyou for the feedback, I struggled with this review because I was finding it hard to word what was wrong with the album. My main problem is Patrick Stump constantly keeping in the higher register

miketunneyiscool123
August 10th 2015


5518 Comments


A step down from your Pink Floyd review but good "crappy-pop" title!



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