The guys of Fall Out Boy are back with their sixth studio album “American Beauty/American Psycho.” On Jan. 16, the album debuted as the number 1 album in the U.S. In the first week alone, the album sold 192,000 copies, making it their third No. 1 album. The lead single “Centuries” has gone platinum since its release in September. “American Beauty/ American Psycho” is a follow-up to their fifth studio album “Save Rock and Roll” which was released in 2013. All of the lyrics for “American Beauty/American Psycho” were written during Fall Out Boy’s “Monumentour” this past summer which was co-headlined by fellow pop-punk band, Paramore.
Fall Out Boy is made up of Pete Wentz on bass guitar, Patrick Stump on lead vocals, keyboard and guitar, Andy Hurley on percussion and Joe Trohman on guitar. All four of the band members had a hand in writing and composing the album.
“American Beauty/ American Psycho” introduces a new sound for the pop-punk quartet. While some songs are reminiscent of their previous albums, most of the songs are much more pop-oriented. Unlike their previous albums, the lyrics on this album are very repetitive. Much like their previous album, Patrick Stump has kept up his soulful sound.
“One of the things with this record that we wanted to do was more or less reinvent our sound,” Stump said in an interview with VH1. “A big reason for that is we wanted to establish for ourselves that we want to be doing this for a while. We don’t want to be caught up in the past and just keep repeating ourselves.”
To start off the album, “Irresistible” begins with a loud and powerful introduction that features a brass ensemble. Also debuting at No. 1 on the charts, “Irresistible” showcases Stump’s unique falsetto. Throughout the song there is a rhythm break where the bass drum hits twice without anything else in the song. It is a quick and unique rhythm choice that adds to the overall quality of the song.
“Jet Pack Blues” is the closest thing to a ballad “American Beauty/American Psycho” has. The song mainly focuses on the beautiful yet somber lyrics. Throughout the song, there is a heavy drum beat and just a hint of a piano that brings a calming effect to the sound. Near the end of the ballad, a beautiful guitar solo adds a very rhythmic and cosmic feel that is not present in any other song on the album.
Named after the actress, “Uma Thurman” is the third single released off the album. Featuring the theme from “The Munsters,” “Uma Thurman” is bursting with energy. The song makes you want to jump out of your seat and start moving to the beat. Although it is repetitive, the song’s lyrics are very catchy and can get stuck in listeners heads after the first listen. Toward the end of the song, there is a heavy rock vibe that wraps up the song perfectly.
Unlike some other rock bands, Fall Out Boy is not afraid to embrace the pop take-over. “We aren’t the last rock band,” Stump said in an interview. “But we’re the last rock band that doesn’t think that pop is a four-letter word.”