American Beauty, American Psycho leaves listeners crazy for more music
January 20, 2015
Fans of the band Fall Out Boy know they’re always up to some sort of antics. Even when they were on their 5 year hiatus, they were still going behind our backs and writing songs together until that one day in 2013 when they decided hey, let’s release a single and announce an album and all our tour dates in one day.
Now if you were like me it came as a very exciting shock that they were back together, music aside. But their 2013 album “Save Rock and Roll” quickly proved to be one of my favorites.
Thier 2015 album “American Beauty/American Psycho” wasn’t even officially out yet before I decided that I love it.
The thing I like most about Fall Out Boy is their versatility. All 6 of their albums have a unique sound to them, and you can tell which era each song came from just by listening to a few seconds of it.
They’re so different, in fact, that this album and their first album “Take This To Your Grave” have completely different sounds and yet- they both sound like Fall Out Boy, and even better- you like them both.
“Irresistible,” the first song on the album, was released on January 5, and quickly rose to my top played list, as well as to the top of the iTunes chart.
Not only is the tune catchy right from the beginning, it has plenty of the emotional lyrics you would expect Fall Out Boy to have. It’s not exactly what I expected from them, but it’s the kind of song that gets stuck in your head all day long, but you don’t mind,
The title track “American Beauty/ American Psycho” achieves the catchy “Woah oh oh” type chorus they’re known for, even though it’s definitely more of a pop anthem than what they usually produce.
Their first single “Centuries” was also a smash hit, not only in my book but also on the Billboard Hot 100 list.
The song starts of with a sample of “Tom’ Diner” by Suzanne Vega, re-recorded by Lolo. At first, the combination seemed weird to me, but the more you listen to it the more you realize that it totally works with the song.
“Centuries” is the kind of song that has such recognizable lyrics that even a single line brings the whole song to mind. You might not know what song you’re singing until you get to the chorus, but to someone who listens to Fall Out Boy as much as I do, that’s nothing new.
The only problem I have with it is that it’s been out for so long it’s almost become one of the songs on the radio that I immediately skip so I don’t have to hear it again.
The album also features an alternative, and in my opinion better, version of their song “Immortals” from Disney’s Big Hero 6.
I thought the original version was just fine, but I think the slight changes they made to the one on their album gives it that trademark Fall Out Boy sound that was lacking in the Disney version.
As for the rest of the songs, there isn’t a single one I would want to skip. I’ll admit, I may be a little bias. Fall Out Boy could release 4 minutes of silence and I would probably still listen to it on repeat.
However, it is one of the most highly anticipated albums of the year for a reason, and I would recommend it to anybody.
As of Jan 13 Fall Out Boy released all of their songs on their Vevo Youtube channel, though only 5 of them were available for purchase on iTunes or Amazon until the official release date on Jan 20.
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