Review #42: Fall Out Boy – American Beauty/American Psycho

Artist – Fall Out Boy
Album – American Beauty/American Psycho (2015)

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Fall Out Boy are an American rock outfit from Chicago. The band are made up of four members; Patrick Stump – vocals/guitar, Pete Wentz – bass, Joe Trohman – guitar and Andy Hurley – drums. Fall Out Boy began their musical careers with the album ‘Take This To Your Grave’, but didn’t see great success until the follow up album ‘From Under The Cork Tree’ which featured the hits ‘Dance, Dance’ and ‘Sugar, We’re Goin’ Down’. The band split up for a while to follow separate musical callings, but then reunited to release the disappointing ‘Save Rock & Roll’ and now follow up ‘American Beauty/American Psycho’.

Personally I quite enjoyed Fall Out Boy in their beginning. For a pop rock band ‘From Under The Cork Tree’ had some enjoyable, catchy tracks on it, and so did the 3rd album … to a degree. But it seems each member began to get into different types of music and tried to incorporate them into this band, creating an awful hybrid of their own tastes. This is most prevalent in this album and ‘Save Rock & Roll’, in which they’ve decided to add in programmed drums, pop synths and uninspired lyrics. To add to this the band have grown some kind of undeserved ego thats pushed towards creating album covers and names that seem to have a message. In reality most of the songs are simply about their current or ex girlfriends. Instrumentation seems boring, drums are simple and programmed a bit, guitars are simplistic and put nothing interesting forward, vocals can at time be annoying and incomprehensible.

Fall Out Boy please go back and revisit your 2nd album, look at what everyone enjoyed about that and stick to it. Cheers.


2 thoughts on “Review #42: Fall Out Boy – American Beauty/American Psycho

  1. Pingback: My Top 10 Worst Albums of 2015 | Sketchy Record Reviews

  2. I liked a couple of songs from this album, but that is because I kind of enjoy mainstream music lol, but I completely agree with revisiting their old stuff and feel the same way about Maroon 5… they need to revisit their first album Songs About Jane featuring my all time favorite song by them She Will Be Loved and remember what it means to make good music!
    Great review!! 🙂

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