“American Beauty/American Psycho” by Fall Out Boy, Album Review

American Beauty/American Psycho Album CoverOkay, okay, we know, we know… it doesn’t officially drop until tomorrow. But it was Fall Out Boy that decided to stream their entire album through the beginning of January and post it on YouTube. It’s not too big of a surprise, they did the same thing with their last album, Save Rock & Roll.

The album is absolutely magnificent. From the first track “Irresistible”, I was hooked. Something about the catchy rhythm, the captivating lyrics, and the fantastic vocals just drew me in right from the get-go. Though it was very clear – they weren’t going back to their roots. Instead, they were taking the base that they had formed with Save Rock & Roll and using it to launch themselves in a totally different direction.

All of the songs on the album have different sounds, and samples from the records of top hits past; take the melody that they used for “Centuries” for example, or the Munster’s Sampling in “Uma Thurman” – which are just the beginning of the list. Each song could easily stand on its own, or act as the beginning to a completely different album. In fact, if you were listening to them individually, you might not have ever thought that they were going to be on the same album.

But yet when you listen to it from beginning to end, it’s perfect. There’s a flow throughout all of them – through the crazy dance tracks that are “American Beauty/American Psycho” and “Uma Thurman” and even the rock anthem tracks of “Centuries” and “Novocaine.” Part of that flow is undeniably linked to Patrick Stump’s vocals, which get to spread their wings a little bit more in this album. Maybe eventually we’ll see all of what his vocals have to offer, as we did on his solo venture Soul Punk.

Even though their sound changed, their overall message and feel hasn’t. Fall Out Boy is still a band that you can learn and grow with, and their music is still something that you can lose yourself in. So I’d have to give this album a 10/10. And if you want to listen to it yourself, you can right below:

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