I’ve been a Fall Out Boy fan since I was fourteen years old. I was with them through their breakthrough, their hiatus, and most recently their triumphant return. Each album that hits shelves I make sure to check out. With their recent release of American Beauty/American Psycho (a play on a Grateful Dead album and a Bret Easton Ellis novel) that trend continued. I’m glad I did, as it’s a solid album.
Their seventh full-length studio album is ambitious. With American Beauty/American Psycho, Fall Out Boy was aiming to create a topical current events based album full of cultural commentary. The band has grown over the years and they aren’t the same emo pop punk they once were. The elements fans fell in love with are still strong though. Say what you want about Patrick Stump and Pete Wentz, but they have the formula to a catchy hook down.
After a few listens, I was able to pin down my favorite song on the album. “The Kids Aren’t Alright” is one of the least bombastic on American Beauty/American Psycho, but it still has a strong anthem-esque feel. “The Kids Aren’t Alright” has throwback elements to some of the more gritty sounds of Fall Out Boy’s beginning with a more polished feel.
This my friends is a song you would’ve seen a sea of lighters high in the air swaying along to the music back in the old days. Which, if I’m being frank – lighters were 100x better than smart phones. I’m old enough to remember a few shows of that era.
The biggest complaint I could have, but really don’t have, is that there is an Offspring song of the same name, which is also an excellent tune.
Do you have a band that’s stayed with you over the years?
P.S. – Check out a band that is being hailed as bringing the new wave of pop punk, 5 Seconds of Summer.
Until next time,