ARTIST: FALL OUT BOY

TITLE: MANIA

RATING: 4/10

LABEL: ISLAND RECORDS

Over a decade ago a youthful Patrick Stump sang the cult club filler line, ‘sugar we’re going down…’, and fast forward through a genre-bending, complex, dramatic, and momentous career, and this sadly seems to be the comedown that Stump had predicted for himself and his bandmates almost thirteen years ago. The opener, Young Menace, is an anticlimax of an opener, hinting at the same samples dropped by Kendrick Lamar in the clubs in a flash in the pan, one hit wonder style, and soon we find ourselves fast forwarding through the record to find something real. There is a glimmer of hope that the raw sound of a punk kid, a music nerd, and a poster boy jamming along in their garage sound that made so many of us fall in love with Fall Out Boy being still there, it’s just found in the ironically titled, The Last Of The Real Ones. Now, this isn’t to say this is a bad Fall Out Boy song, it’s exactly as it says on the label, so it’s great, but it’s not too special.

“just how far can a band go before they begin to digress and really regret it?”

A hugely developed anthemic radio sound, that has helped push this band, and the rock genre into it’s truly earned mainstream flow and projected these former emos into the stratosphere of stardom. Heaven’s Gates is a Marvin Gaye-esque sensual beat, that not only oozes the sex of the drugs and rock n roll but demonstrates that while his fellow musicians and surrounding soundtrack are mediocre at best this time around, well damn Patrick Stump truly does still have some pipes on him. Record closer, Bishops Knife Trick echoes the haunting message, almost questionable line, “it’ll lead us back to the places we should have never left,” and you can’t help but find this band suddenly identifiable in questioning, much like their former 2000s friends, should Fall Out Boy really have gone this far with it all? And, just how far can a band go before they begin to digress and really regret it?

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