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Fall Out Boy

Three and a half stars
Folie à Deux
Decaydance/EMI

Jan 19, 2009

Many will say that Fall Out Boy are a group of posers and wannabes, but their fourth studio album begs to differ. Folie à Deux ”“ which means “a madness shared by two” in French ”“ is definitely the best the band has done since From Under the Cork Tree. While the song titles aren’t long-winded anymore, they still remain very tongue-in-cheek. With guest vocals from the likes of Travis McCoy (Gym Class Heroes), Brendon Urie (Panic! At The Disco), Lil Wayne, Elvis Costello and Debbie Harry, Fall Out Boy have definitely pulled out all the stops. While these big names are mentioned on the album, you have to pay close attention to actually hear anything that any of them sing or say. The one guest appearance you do notice is that of Pharrell Williams of N.E.R.D fame, working as one of the producers on the album and giving the boys a little more edge. Stump sings Wentz’s lyrics wholeheartedly and gives it the exact amount of passion that it needs. Like on ”˜I Don’t Care’, Stump sings “I don’t care what you think/As long as it’s about me” and it’s clear from the start that this is not an album to try and recapture lost fans, but to show you that they are more than what people expect them to be. Don’t turn your head away just because it’s Fall Out Boy in their element; take a good listen because there definitely are signs that the band has grown up since their debut album Take This to Your Grave

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