Fall Out Boy still reinventing rock

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If your middle school experience was anything like mine, Fall Out Boy was a major part of your everyday life. Their music was key to any cool playlist.  You probably envied their style or wanted to marry Pete Wentz.

Flash forward to January 2015, and Fall Out Boy is coming out with their sixth studio album, “American Beauty/American Psycho.” Most of us are not still rocking the styles we had back then, and neither is Fall Out Boy. When compared to their earlier albums, such as “Take This to Your Grave” or “From Under the Cork Tree,” this album sounds as if a completely different band created it.

Prior to listening to “American Beauty/American Psycho,” I was highly skeptical. The band’s first three albums perfectly illustrated the Fall Out Boy I loved: pop-punk style with lyrics to which I could really devote my teenage angst. “Take This to Your Grave” and “From Under the Cork Tree” were the two most punk of their albums. “Infinity on High” leaned more toward the pop side. All three were very different albums, but the differences seemed subtle. After that, they began to head more toward the pop genre. I could not bring myself to listen to their next two pop albums (“Folie à Deux” and “Save Rock and Roll”); they did not seem like genuine Fall Out Boy.

“American Beauty/American Psycho” incorporates more electronics than Fall Out Boy has ever used in the past, but it works. They’re growing with the current trends and making music that is more upbeat – perfect for our rowdy generation. The change shown with this album is not a sign that Fall Out Boy has sold out or lost their originality; they are simply adapting. This new style seems to have grown along with their fans’ styles.

One aspect from this album that hints at the Fall Out Boy we are all familiar with is the lyrics. The lyrics are still as unique and personal as ever before. Overly-repetitious hooks and clichés that are popular in today’s hits will not be found on “American Beauty/American Psycho.” The gritty emotion and clever wordplay for which the band is known are still prevalent in every song. Although my teenage angst is running out, the adult emotions replacing it can truly relate to this album.

Despite the fact that my expectations for “American Beauty/American Psycho” were low, it blew me away. Not only are the beats enjoyable and different, the ingenious Fall Out Boy vibe is still behind them. They won’t ever go back to the original style we all loved, but that does not have to be a bad thing. This album shows that Fall Out Boy can really come back and claim the limelight. I may not want to marry Pete Wentz or dress like the band anymore, but I will definitely add songs from this album to all of my playlists.