ALBUM REVIEW: Fall Out Boy – Folie å Deux

In

recent years, Fall Out Boy has been known to meddle with other genres. Their

2007 release, Infinity on High, saw a spoken word introduction by none other

than Jay-Z, and their lead single “This Ain’t a Scene, It’s an Arms Race” was

remixed by Kanye West. It’s definitely safe to say the band is open to new

genres, and when you have a vocal range like Patrick Stump’s, it seems only

natural to venture into genres like Pop, R&B and Soul.

With

their fifth studio album, Folie å Deux, the group set out to master their

pop-rock prowess, as evident in the leading track, “Disloyal Order of Water

Buffaloes,” which features one of the huge sing along choruses you’ve grown to

expect from the Chicago quartet. The track goes right into the band’s first

single, “I Don’t Care,” a catchy, but generally uninteresting song whose guitar

line teeters around Gloria Jones’ 1964 song “Tainted Love.”

Folie

å Deux

is much like its predecessors in the sense that it has a lot of filler. Songs

like “She’s My Winona,”  “Headfirst

Slide into Cooperstown on a Bad Bet,” and even the Pharrell Williams produced

“w.a.m.s.” seem to impede the albums playability, falling flat in all senses.

It seems like they still can’t get the ballad right, evident on their latest

tune, “What a Catch, Donnie.” The group even enlisted the help of the legendary

Elvis Costello, who along with Travis McCoy and many others couldn’t save this

song.

Despite

its missteps, Folie å Deux definitely has its share of hits. “The (Shipped)

Gold Standard” is easily one of the best songs on the album, with verses that

play like R&B-tinged Pop. Another highlight is “Tiffany Blews,” which sees

guest vocals by (you guessed it) Lil Wayne, who lends his auto-tuned madness to

Fall Out Boy. The bands biggest asset is vocalist Patrick Stump. With his

YouTube covers of Ne-Yo’s “So Sick,” and more recently Kanye West’s “Love

Lockdown,” it’s hard to deny his knack for other genres.

Fall

Out Boy isn’t the band that needs new fans. Due to extensive touring and five

studio albums, their place in the mainstream and their dedicated fan base have

already been established. Stylistically, Folie å Deux contains elements from

all of their past albums, and continues to push the envelope of Pop-Rock.

Chances are if you’ve ever liked a Fall Out Boy song, there is something for

you on this album.

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