American Psycho/American Beauty

Fall Out Boy steps unto the scene once again with their sixth album and most diverse work to date – American Psycho/American Beauty. Fall Out Boy’s music has evolved, varied, and completely stopped (the band took a two year hiatus from 2010-2012) since their origin in 2001. Beginning initially as a noisy punk band from the suburbs of Chicago, Fall Out Boy exploded into a supernova of success, releasing songs such as “Thanks For the Memories”, “Sugar We’re Goin’ Down”, and “Dance, Dance”. Although plenty of the music on American Psycho/American Beauty still possesses much of the punk-pop flare their former work did, it is contorted into something else. Catchy choruses and poppy hooks have warped Fall Out Boy’s newest work into a much more radio-ready collection.

  1. “Irresistible” – A chanting chorus, synth beats and Patrick Stump’s enflared vocals make “Irresistible” the perfect title track.
  2. “American Psycho/American Beauty” – This song sounds more like white noise than actual music. It functions best as a good ol’ fashioned pump up song, possessing repetitive, belting choruses.
  3. “Centuries” – Angry lyrics, passionate chanting, and a la Linkin Park chorus climaxes, “Centuries” functions as the perfectly pieced together lead single on the album.
  4. The Kids Aren’t Alright – Living proof of the diversity that Fall Out Boy has come to achieve, this track sounds as if it was sung by OneRepublic, not the used-to-be punk boy band Fall Out Boy. “The Kids Aren’t Alright” is a mid-tempo song full of whistling and ranging lyrics.
  5. “Uma Thurman” – Named after the actress who starred in Pulp Fiction (among other things) this song is by far one of the quirkiest tracks on the entire eleven work collection. Uma Thurman cannily incorporates a piece of The Munster’s theme song in their chorus – making it the best “recycled” song to date.
  6. “Jetpack Blues” – Despite the whiny lyrics, this song is far from bluesy. Rhythmic bass and contagious drumming make it more of a war song than a weeping, crying number.
  7. “Novocaine” – Another fast pitched song, this track lies more on the side of American Psycho than American Beauty. Although it might be listenable for some, this song is ultimately white noise.
  8. “Fourth of July” – Sounding very similar to the past couple of tracks, this song is yet another disappointment. At this point, American Psycho/American Beauty seems to blend together in monotony.
  9. “Favorite Record” – “Favorite Record” provides some diversity for the tail end of this eleven track production. Instrumentally, this song could believably be Maroon 5, Daft Punk, or even The Script. Synth Beats and Autotune aren’t a sure formula for success – but in this case, it works.
  10. “Immortals” – Providing yet another sing-along chorus, Immortals holds it weight. Although it is on the verge of blending into track 6, 7 and 8’s boring uniformity, it is different enough to get the job done. Fun whistling and more autotune make the track one of a kind.
  11. “Twin Skeletons (Hotel in NYC)” – Fall Out Boy is infamous for their cheekily titled songs (think “Grand Theft Autumn/Where is Your Boy”, or “Thnks Fr Th Mmrs”), so an unusually named song has come as no surprise to the listener at this point in FOB’s career. “Twin Skeletons” sounds, to say the least, angry, passionate, and perhaps a little bit eery. Electric Guitar, overwhelming drums, and eerily written lyrics create an odd mash up. The uniqueness of the song serves as a proper final finale for a mix-match kind of album.